National anthems

Happy Birthday, United States of America. 235 today, I believe. This one’s for you.

As everyone knows (although if you’re American and under the age of 30 you might not, according to a recent poll, which begs the question: What do teachers think they’re playing at these days? I’m joking, of course. I think I probably wound teachers up quite enough in the last post. I’m not being smug either; some rather dim-witted British kids apparently think Winston Churchill was the first man to set foot on the moon, which I suppose is slightly better than thinking him a jowly insurance hound), the fourth of July commemorates the approval of the Declaration of Independence: a beautifully written list of charges against the British king, George III; serving as justification for the colonies splitting from the motherland and becoming an independent nation; as well as a stirring reminder that everybody has inherent, unalienable rights, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” among them, and most famously of all, “That all men are created equal”.

The historic Declaration inspired other nations to similarly cast off their colonial shackles for the better. Although its signing may not have been completed until August 1776, today’s date has long been accepted as the official anniversary of US independence and a rightful cause for much celebration and national pride.

What for us now? Songs that mention an American town, city or state either in title or lyric? Did it last year. Songs about independence? Did it this year, sort of, in honour of South Africa’s Freedom Day. I’ve already officially declared, and will not take no for an answer, after careful consideration of your suggestions, that the very finest male vocalists hail from the US side of the pond (just because of Sinatra, basically).

So, admittedly clutching at straws here and because I’ve always thought ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ a most striking piece of writing: songs which stir pride and patriotism within your soul. Translations of and the history behind your country’s anthem (official or unofficial), and whether or not it means anything to you personally, would be interesting. Each American state has its own anthem, I understand, so I’m curious to discover if your state song is held closer to your heart than the national anthem. And which anthems do you just so happen to like? If you’re a sports fan, you’ve heard plenty of them and a good tune is still a good tune even if the accompanying words are wasted on you.

For the fun of our imaginations, which anthems require the Hendrix treatment, as demonstrated famously and most ably at Woodstock back there? I remember Brian May belting out ‘God Save the Queen’ from the top of Buckingham Palace in honour of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. Which guitarist should you like to witness attempting his or her national anthem from a suitable monument of your own crazy choosing? James Dean Bradfield for me. From anywhere except a castle, really.

Thank you very much for an enjoyable and thoughtful discussion about strike action last time. Enjoyed that.

The chatroom will be open tomorrow from 1pm (UK), if you’ve time to spare.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

63 thoughts on “National anthems”

  1. Allentown – Billy Joel
    City of the Angel – Journey
    Galveston – Glenn Campbell

    Campbell is the country equivalent of the Moody Blues in his early career and Aerosmith in his later years. I really appreciate his music and I can’t say that he’s not my favorite country artist.

    1. Glen Campbell is fabulous. (I love the fact that he played on some Beach Boys albums as a session guitarist when he was young.) Poor guy has just revealed he has Alzheimer’s.

      He’s going to do a farewell tour. I’m going to try and see him.

  2. Ain’t that America – Pink Houses. JCM.

    Lodi: CCR

    New York: Dah. and Chicago!

    Tennessey Waltz?

    California Dreaming, Mamas and Papas.

    American Woman, The Guess Who. For Canadian content. 😕

    1. Great list Mr. Par. I always liked the Tennessy Waltz–especially Patti Page’s version. I first heard it on my Clockwork Orange Soundtrack. What a great disc that is.

      Lodi is friggin’ great!!! Wonderful!!!!

      And California Dreaming!! Love those Mamas and Papas. Did you see the movie “Leap Year?” My wife was watching that–during this incredibly wonderful chaste love scene Cass Elliott starts singing, “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” I was grinning from ear to ear. Love that Cass Elliott. Love those Mamas and Papas.

  3. I’ve had to hunt for the details of this because I couldn’t remember the games nor name of the boxer but it was incredibly moving to see and hear. Can’t find a YouTube either.

    Does anyone else remember Irish boxer, Wayne McCullough, winning gold at the 1990 Commonwealth games? The PA failed and the national anthem couldn’t be played. An official jumped into the ring and sang Danny Boy unaccompanied, he had a great voice too.


    1. Wasn’t able to find it either Ash, but did find this. Third and fourth comments down (not sure if he did ever post it) and (a promise is a promise — what a good sport he is!) this.

    2. There’s another one that should have been put up for adoption!

      There was obviously some practice went into this, especially with the stiletto heels. :))


  4. Happy Birthday, United States. 🙂

    What can I say about my national anthem? To be honest, I don’t like it very much (I mean, the music, as it’s just a military march), but I’m fond of it and I wouldn’t be happy if it were replaced or changed, as someone has been suggesting since the beginning of the 90s.

    As I think it’s clear reading some of my comments, I’m disappointed enough with my country, recently, and I wouldn’t exactly describe myself as patriotic, so, at the present time, listening to my national anthem reminds me more of the Football World Cup, than of the pride of being Italian.

    Apart from these rants, I know its lyrics are interesting enough. Fratelli d’Italia (also known as “Inno di Mameli”, or “Il Canto degli Italiani”) was written in 1847 by Goffredo Mameli, poet and patriot of Italian Risorgimento, born in 1827 and died in 1849, after being injured while fighting.

    Basically, the lyrics speak about the imminent war against Austria and they are just a proud incitement to insurrection. After being fought and censored (in vain) by the political authorities, because of Mameli’s republican and anti-monarchic belief, they became the symbol of Italian unification.

    That’s the reason why, in the middle of the 90s, the Lega Nord, an Italian secessionist (and very racist) party, chose “Va, pensiero”, from Giuseppe Verdi’s “Nabucco”, as its own national (Padania) anthem. Listening to them singing it, always makes me sick.

  5. “Flower of Scotland”, top of the Wallace Monument, Stirling by Neil Young!

    Happy 4th July.


  6. I always loved “California” by Manfred Mann. It’s horribly schmaltzy, a bit too “hit parade poppy.” Some of the synthesizer on it is seriously dated and over the top, but the song has a nice “feel” and reminds me of the California I grew up in. A beautiful paradise where dreams come true.

    California is getting overpopulated these days and the state government doesn’t work anymore. Parts of California are flat out scary/dangerous. Much of it has lost its sparkle. But if you know where to go and what roads to avoid it’s still a fabulous place. Really, really, nice.

  7. I forgot to say that, among the ones I’ve heard and I remember, the German anthem is probably my favourite.

    As for songs that stir pride within my soul, as you say, even if I know it might sound nostalgic, some old political ones always work, for me, better than my national anthem; I’m thinking, for example, about “Bella ciao”, which was originally written in the nineteenth century, but then became a famous partisans’ song.

    I would also add to my list some traditional Tuscany songs, since, from some points of view, I probably feel more tied (does “tieder” exist?) to my regional origins, than to my national ones.

    Was it off topic? 😐

    1. (does “tieder” exist?)

      Sadly, it doesn’t, but it does provide yet another example of the English language being a real bitch.

    2. Sadly, it doesn’t, but it does provide yet another example of the English language being a real bitch.

      That made my day, FEd! 😀 😀

      PS. Sorry for having been so quite the last couple of weeks. I was really busy…

    3. Sadly, it doesn’t, but it does provide yet another example of the English language being a real bitch.

      :)) Thanks, FEd.

      There is always something new to learn here.

  8. I guess it has to be the Welsh national anthem. I have heard that sung at a couple of cup finals and the passion is quite incredible.

    As for school kids… I recently heard a story where a teacher asks her kids to being in a book they had read. One brought in an Argos catalogue.

    1. For amusement, here’s doe-eyed buffoon, John Redwood, in his Secretary of State for Wales days. He didn’t know the words to the Welsh national anthem, and why should he have as an Englishman?, but he had a go. Bless.

      Not the most passionate rendition, it has to be said.

  9. FEd on Twitter (about today’s chat):

    “Listing 500 bands better than Radiohead …”

    “We got to about 100, I think. Will continue next time, but I don’t think we’ll manage 500.”

    Could the book “500 Rock Bands” by Joanne Huffa be of any help? :))

    Its Top 100 (some solo artists included, I see):

    #1 Beatles
    #2 Chuck Berry
    #3 Elvis Presley
    #4 Rolling Stones
    #5 Led Zeppelin
    #6 Little Richard
    #7 Buddy Holly & the Crickets
    #8 Pink Floyd
    #9 Nirvana
    #10 The Who
    #11 Queen
    #12 Jimi Hendrix Experience
    #13 AC/DC
    #14 Van Halen
    #15 White Stripes
    #16 The Kinks
    #17 Sleater-Kinney
    #18 The Ramones
    #19 Guns n’ Roses
    #20 Black Sabbath
    #21 Metallica
    #22 David Bowie
    #23 Aerosmith
    #24 Def Leppard
    #25 Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
    #26 Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
    #27 Smashing Pumpkins
    #28 The Clash
    #29 The Yardbirds
    #30 Pantera
    #31 Guitar Wolf
    #32 Red Hot Chili Peppers
    #33 Blondie
    #34 Kiss
    #35 ZZ Top
    #36 Dinosaur Jr
    #37 Heart
    #38 Bob Dylan
    #39 Audioslave
    #40 The Doors
    #41 Slade
    #42 Radiohead
    #43 Pearl Jam
    #44 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    #45 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    #46 Cream
    #47 Motorhead
    #48 REM
    #49 Soundgarden
    #50 Neil Young
    #51 Thin Lizzy
    #52 The Stooges
    #53 Link Wray
    #54 The Velvet Underground
    #55 The Beach Boys
    #56 T. Rex
    #57 Slayer
    #58 MC5
    #59 CCR
    #60 Rage Against the Machine
    #61 The Cure
    #62 The Animals
    #63 The Pretenders
    #64 Motley Crue
    #65 The Buzzcocks
    #66 Nine Inch Nails
    #67 The Replacements
    #68 Rush
    #69 Joy Division
    #70 The Sex Pistols
    #71 The Misfits
    #72 Mudhoney
    #73 Foo Fighters
    #74 New York Dollas
    #75 X
    #76 The Pixies
    #77 Tool
    #78 Gossip
    #79 The Band
    #80 Janis Joplin
    #81 Boston
    #82 Hawkwind
    #83 Fugazi
    #84 Dick Dale
    #85 The Allman Brothers
    #86 Janes Addiction
    #87 The Cramps
    #88 Eddie Cochran
    #89 Jeff Beck
    #90 The Grateful Dead
    #91 Queens of the Stone Age
    #92 Wanda Jackson
    #93 Alice Cooper
    #94 Cheap Trick
    #95 Marilyn Manson
    #96 Elvis Costello
    #97 Iron Maiden
    #98 Weezer
    #99 Sonic Youth
    #100 Patti Smith Group

    Verdict? 😉

    1. We forgot The Yardbirds. How could we forget The Yardbirds?

      I still don’t think we could name 500. 150, certainly. Perhaps even 200, but not 500.

      I like to think we all know that there are many more than 40-odd better bands than Radiohead…

    2. Top 500 Musical Groups/Artists of Alltime

      What “… a mixed up muddled up shook up world …”. I found the list even more interesting when sorting it alphabetically — there’s some scary stuff on there – The Verve rated higher than The Yardbirds? Whatever he’s smoking, I don’t want any of. 8|

      Looks like the polls are out to get you FEd! Motorhead ranks number 8 on this one smack in between Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult – oh, woe is FEd. 😉

    3. Michèle,

      😡 Your list $%£&*% the blog up yesterday! Bits were mangled and falling off the screen! I thought I had a virus, I was scared.


      You’re forgiven now, I don’t have a virus after all. :))

    4. Your list $%£&*% the blog up yesterday!

      :! Sorry.

      Still a big mess here on my screen today, I don’t know why.

      I blame Radiohead… or maybe Nick Clegg?

    5. Pish and nonsense. Given that virtually no bands have matched the power, integrity and vision of OK Computer and the Bends, and then had the gumption to move on to other areas, pioneering new ways of bringing music to Market, promoting worthy causes and dabbling in various side projects, they are way up there.

      Taste is a funny old thing though.

  10. I have never thought that America’s national anthem, Star Spangled Banner, was a good song. It’s freakin’ IMPOSSIBLE to sing, both musically and lyrically. And the meaning? It’s about the flag remaining in place during a battle. Says nothing about the values or attributes of our nation.

    The song “America The Beautiful” should, in my humble opinion, be our anthem. It’s about how beautiful our land is (and it IS a beautiful land).

    Another contender for national anthem is Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Was Made For You And Me.” I fear that the real reason why it would never be our anthem is that it really says we are all in this together. Corporate interests do NOT win out above everything else in this vision, for we share it all. This runs counter to 21st Century America, the land where “Reverse Robin Hood” could be the name of our government.

    The band “America” is best known for its song “Horse With No Name.” Apt descriptor of our current state, as we have no real leaders anymore. This country is being run by corporations, often extremely large ones with names we have never heard of. We are being pulled along by a horse with no name.

    “Born To Run” is the New Jersey state song, making it the only official song that includes the word “suicide.”

    1. I have never thought that America’s national anthem, Star Spangled Banner, was a good song. It’s freakin’ IMPOSSIBLE to sing, both musically and lyrically.

      I wouldn’t fancy my chances, I have to confess, but I still think it’s an inspirational piece of writing with the finest opening lines.

      “Oh say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light
      What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?”

      TIME magazine listed ten of the worst renditions. My poor brain struggles whenever it is called upon to try to comprehend Roseanne Barr’s speech. If I asked it to listen to her sing, I think I’d experience an irreversible cranial malfunction of some sort. I do remember Michael Bolton’s horrible attempt, though.

      Do they get paid a lot to humiliate themselves in this way?

  11. Happy Birthday to my adopted homeland! The pyrotechnics display in “New York, New York” (I think I’ll give Liza the kudos for that one) were quite spectacular, as always. It’s a case of “nice from far …” for me. “I Love New York” has been the ‘official’ State song – at least since 1970-something.

    Funny name of the composer for ‘I Love You, California’ – Alfred F. Frankenstein!

    Some honorable mentions for “American” songs:

    We’re an American Band – Grand Funk Railroad
    America – Simon & Garfunkel
    American Girl – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    Young Americans – David Bowie
    Breakfast in America – Supertramp
    This is Your Land – Woodie Guthrie

    Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynrd should be the State song.

    Some potentially interesting combos although I’m not really a National Anthem kind of person:

    – Metallica doing a kick-a$$ rendition of Das Deutschlandlied at Checkpoint Charlie or in Cologne Cathedral (imagine the acoustics there!).

    – Some dueling Judas Priest guitars interpreting O Canada on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

    The Star Spangled Banner is exceptionally difficult to sing thus earning itself the unofficial name of “The Star Strangled Spanner”. Personally I’d prefer “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as the American National Anthem.

  12. Being as this thread hasn’t generated too much in the way of a response, here’s a totally ‘off-the-wall’ AtoZ of ‘alternative’ National Anthems…

    America – The Nice
    Brazil – Vengaboys
    Cambodia – Kim Wilde
    Denmark – Traidor
    Egypt(ian Reggae) – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
    Fiji – Come On Over
    Georgia(On My Mind) – Ray Charles
    Haiti(an Divorce) – Steely Dan
    Israel – Siouxsie and The Banshees
    Japan – Ghosts
    Kenya – Mr Weebl
    Lebanon – Human League
    Mozambique – Bob Dylan
    Nigeria (What?) – Debruit
    Oman (Clara) – Percy the Priest
    Peru(vian Cocaine) – Immortal Technique
    Russia(ns) – Sting
    Syria(na) – Alexandre Desplat
    Turkey (In The Straw) – The Wiggles
    (French Kissin’ in the) USA – Debbie Harry
    Vietnam – Jimmy Cliff
    Yemen Blues – Ravid Kahalani
    Zambesi – The Shadows

    (I must get out more.) 8|

    1. I’ve been waiting ‘patiently’ for someone to put in Xanadu :)) (I’m treading on dangerous ground I suspect – don’t want to tempt the fates and get myself banned). And how about Warsaw Concerto? Not a country I know, but seeing Zambesi qualified, why not?

  13. I wonder if the UK national anthem ‘God Save The Queen’ is the only official anthem (by law) of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland or if they all have their own anthems (perhaps only played at football or rugby games?)

    I suppose I should speak about our national anthem ‘La Marseillaise’, but would I dare to say that it doesn’t “stir pride and patriotism within my soul” that much? Of course I feel proud when people sing it with all their heart and hate it when it’s sometimes whistled (in football stadiums for example, what a lack of respect, it’s a shame), but it’s more a of a ‘revolutionary song’ than a national anthem, so many references to blood and fight… OK, we need a good revolution from time to time, but…

    ‘The Marseillaise, words and history’. Today, only the first verse (and sometimes the seventh) and the first chorus are sung.

    Some (musical) anecdotes: 😉

    – The Beatles’ ‘All You Need is Love’, used the opening bars of “La Marseillaise” as an introduction.
    – Metallica played live their version of La Marseillaise as an intro to ‘Master Of Puppets’.
    – David played the first few notes of La Marseillaise before ‘Run Like Hell’ in Strasbourg at Stade de la Meinau in 1994. :v
    – Serge Gainsbourg recorded a reggae version: ‘Aux armes, et cætera’. 😮

  14. Ever since yesterday’s chat I’ve had stars (and perhaps some stripes) on the brain and all night long amidst a foggy and restless sleep, this has been mulling around in my head. A nice cowboy anthem from a real New Yorker!

    1. Wow. How did you find this? Marvin sounds like he just ate gravel for breakfast and washed it down with a big bottle of Absolut. It’s great! Wistful. What a life that guy lived. Loved your list. Simon and Garfunkel’s “America” is always great to hear on long road trips.

    2. Hey D.Q., I always thought Golden Earring’s Radar Love and road trips were synonyms. 😉

  15. the unofficial scottish national anthem – here.

    also to note that it’s 5 years since we lost syd. R.I.P.

  16. I understand the USA anthem came from an old English drinking song.


    1. Well gosh, doggone it! That just about explains everything now doesn’t it? 😉

      Seriously though, you are in fact correct — the poem, “Defence of Fort McHenry”, written by, as Sharon notes elsewhere, Francis Scott Key, was set to the tune of a popular British drinking song.

  17. Francis Scott Key, the Author of the Star Spangled Banner, lived and died in Baltimore, MD, which is a beautiful, historic city. Fort McHenry was the stage from whence rockets glared, bombs burst and the flag flew. You can visit Fort McHenry and THE flag (it’s enormously sized, and on display after years of painstaking restoration), housed at Washington DC’s Smithsonian Institution.

    You’re right NYDan, it’s hard to get from that low register to hit that high note! I don’t know how I ever made it through grade school choir without cracking that anthem upon my flat vocal chords!

    Woody Guthrie’s anthem is much more to my liking, in melody and in spirit.

    Texas is my home state and has catchy anthems, but that lyric structure to “Yellow Rose of TX” is too complicated for me to remember! “Deep In the Heart of TX” is nice, because it’s easy to remember and you can clap. I’d better stop before I get an urge to ride a horse.

    Hawai’i’s anthem “Aloha ‘Oe” by Queen Lili’uokalani is a truly beautiful but sad goodbye to the monarchy and to her country’s cultural past. These islands were acquired in a shameful coup by pineapple, banana, with the US military involved in the takeover in which the islands’ last monarch was under 5 years’ palace arrest. It was during her confinement that she wrote this song.

    Walking through America’s only palace, run by still angry native Hawaiians and walking through the rooms of the last Ali’i’s imprisonment by our government… it’s eerie.

  18. Can you believe it has been 5 years to the day since the departure of Syd?

    I pulled out “Piper” this morning for the first listen in years. What wonderful songs those were, cheerful and hopeful and innocent. What a wonderful world of bikes, scarecrows and gnomes. What a life lost to the destructive force of drugs and the ravages of mental illness. It is a lot to think about. I do not subscribe to the viewpoint that Syd’s Floyd was “the real Floyd,” but I do feel that the music world suffered the enormous loss of a brilliant visionary.

    Syd wandered away from us years before he would have come into his musical prime. It took 36 years longer for us to lose the rest of him. May he always shine on in our memory.

    1. Yes, really nicely put, Dan!

      From all his songs, it’s Dominoes that I like most. It has a rhythm that I do not recall having heard else…


  19. Hey YANKS!!! UNCUT’S PINK FLOYD 148 page special edition is FINALLY available over on this side of the Atlantic this week.

    It’s got “MINDBLOWING INTERVIEWS UNSEEN FOR YEARS” as they put it, including Syd’s last, and some with Mr. Gilmour that I’ve never seen that are utterly and completely wonderful. Mr. Gilmour even does a forward and some commentary to “Pink Floyd’s 30 Greatest Songs” that you find in the back of this incredible magazine. The photos, the content are all sheer ecstasy. God, how I love Pink Floyd books and magazines. Where else do you find sentences like this one: ‘It is a beautiful, simple summer “trip-out-with-a girl” song and it’s also a colourful, abstract, existential mantra that could be interpreted many different ways.’ (They’re talking about Green is the Colour. ) I roared with joy when I read that beautiful sentence.

    Anyway, it’s $12.50, and it’s out now.

    1. My brother got me that Ultimate Magazine a few weeks back. Very good read.

      Happy Days,
      Simon J

  20. Sr. Gilmour, please, on behalf of thousands of fans of Pink Floyd, I beg on my knees … please come to Brazil! We are a poor and suffering people, but we deserve the opportunity to see and hear your wonderful music.

    Come on … please … my 14 year old son needs to see you live … I need to see you live.

    Sr.Gilmour … listen to the hearts of thousands of fans … come to Brazil!

    Thank you very much.

    Fernandes Alfredo D’Onofrio

  21. Did cha know that John Stafford Smith wrote a well known drinking song that ended up being the music for “Star Spangled Banner”?

    Yes, really!!!! Check out :))

  22. Off topic, I know, but Roland Petit died this Sunday at the age of 87 and I just wanted to pay tribute to this great unconventional choreographer who once worked with Pink Floyd, creating The Pink Floyd Ballet in 1972 in Marseille (where they played live behind the dancers and – I have been told – stole the show).

    I am not at all a ballet lover (but a PF lover of course), I found this collaboration … weird but interesting.

    Here and here.

    Funny to hear David (next to Roland Petit) say that he didn’t like ballets. :))

  23. Hello Fed. 🙂

    I’ve just been looking up the Ringo Starr song you tweeted about. I notice that Timothy B Schmidt (bass player with The Eagles) played on the album La De Da is from.

    This reminded me the The Eagles played at a festival a week or two ago. Did you go to see them? Tell me it was awful and I should be glad I didn’t make the effort. :))


    1. I didn’t go, unfortunately, and I couldn’t imagine anything the Eagles do ever being “awful”, but I’m sure the other bands were all rubbish and the facilities atrocious and the weather miserable… We had a lucky escape, no doubt about it.

    2. Actually, I take some of it back. It was the Hop Farm festival (no corporate sponsorship, no VIP privileges) and Bryan Ferry was there, too.

      Children got in for free, though…

    3. Kent though, might as well have been Outer Mongolia. Who in their right mind would try to negotiate London to get there? Pity because it looked good, there was someone on every night that I’d liked to have seen.

      However, the various drawbacks as you mentioned Fed…


      1. Do I love the Eagles enough to tolerate horrible, noisy, snotty-nosed (probably) children who haven’t even had to pay to annoy me? Not sure.

    4. You rotter. 😡 You went didn’t you??? You went and didn’t offer to take me… didn’t you???

      I’m not your friend any more, I’m sulking!


  24. Billy Connolly told a very funny story about National Anthems… he points out how up-tempo many other anthems are but pointed out what a dirge God Save the Queen is… – here. 😕

    Connolly suggested the music for God Save the Queen be replaced by the theme from The Archers entitled Barwick Green.

    1. How does he keep a straight face ? How does he think them up????

      He makes my cheeks ache from laughing. :))


  25. Hey, I wanted to recommend the national anthem of Argentina, who celebrated 195 years on July the 9th.

    This is the national anthem made rock by an Argentinian solo musician.

  26. This land is your land
    This land is my land
    From California
    To the New York Island
    From the redwood forest
    To the Gulf Stream waters
    This land was made for you and me.

    Woody Guthrie. What a beautiful irregular head he had.

    This song is closer to my heart than the national anthem, and many Americans would agree. It also holds a deeper personal meaning with me.

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