Last year about this time, I posted a list of patriotic songs that I liked. Since it has been one of my most-viewed posts ever, I figured it rated a sequel, so here are a few more patriotic tunes I like:
Simon and Garfunkel, “American Tune”: A deceptively simple song, the chorus is just as relevant today as it was in the early 70’s:
We come on the ship they call the mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the a-ges most uncertain hours
And sing an american tune
Neil Diamond, “Coming To America”: Sure, it’s kind of cheesy, especially in this newer live version below. But it perfectly captures the immigrant nation that is the US of A.
“America”(My Country Tis Of Thee): Everybody has sung this, either in school or church choirs or at ball games, etc. The reason it’s still sung is that it is a great song. The fact that the melody was lifted from the British national anthem, “God Save The Queen”, is just ironic icing on the cake.
“R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.”, John Mellencamp: Okay, so it’s not specifically patriotic, but what’s more American than rock ‘n’ roll? plus, this is a nice compact history of the genre wrapped up in a catchy tune.
“Rock America”, Danger Danger: in the same vein, this mostly forgettable group from the 80’s hair band days hit all the right notes with this tale of having the freedom to rock.
“You Can Still Rock In America”, Night Ranger: another hair band, but face it, you sang along to this one more than once…
“Three Ring Government”, Schoolhouse Rock: If more people had learned this lesson during Saturday morning cartoons, perhaps they wouldn’t be as confused or ignorant of what their government can and can’t do for them.
Have a happy and safe 4th, if you have favorites I’ve still missed, put them in the comments.