Queen is even in town today for today's Pride parade (Not really, but I thought that was funny. Get it? Queen? Pride? OK, maybe not so funny.)
I'm reposting the same tunes I posted last year. They are songs that describe the hope, fear, love, pride, frustration, and joy about the country that is America.
Ray Charles - America the Beautiful.mp3
Buy: A Message from the People (1972, reissued 2009)
The definitive version. If you listen to the Celine Dion version today, you lose your citizenship.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - American Girl.mp3
Buy: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976, reissued 2002)
Vigilantes of Love - America.mp3
From: V.O.L. (1996, out of print)
Questioning the country is a very important part of being a citizen of it.
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band - This Land is Your Land.mp3
Buy: Live: 1975-85 (1986, reissued 1997)
The Boss's version of the Woody Guthrie classic speaks for itself.
Jimi Hendrix - Star Spangled Banner.mp3
Buy: Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix (1998, reissued 2007)
I know everyone is posting this track today, but too bad. It rules!