With today being "Patriot Day" and everything, I thought a list of songs that are, to me, patriotic, would be appropriate. So...
Songs for America
1. "Kathy's Song (America)" by Simon & Garfunkel. My favorite America song ever. Makes me weepy.
2. "'Tis of Thee" by Ani DiFranco. Sad, sad stuff. Ani probably has a wider selection of what I think of as patriotic songs than anybody else. So she's on the list twice.
3. "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie. This one is a gimme.
4. "Bread and Roses" by Judy Collins (well, this version is). Nothing makes me feel patriotic like a labor song.
5. "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen. Probably the most inappropriately used song ever.
6. "Across the Great Divide" by Kate Wolf (again, this version). To me, the US as an idea is intimately connected with the land itself. This song does a good job with that.
7. "Proud Mary" by Ike & Tina Turner. I dunno if it's normal to think of this song as patriotic, but I do.
8. "I Ain't Marching Anymore" by Phil Ochs. Truer now than ever. Gah. He's gotta be turning over in his grave to see the mess we're in these days.
9. "City of New Orleans" by Arlo Guthrie. American=trains. Clearly.
10. "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore" by John Prine. Some much needed clear headed levity.
11. "Grand Canyon" by Ani DiFranco. A look at history from a woman who loves her country. I approve.
12. "I'm Afraid of Americans" by David Bowie. It's a perfectly fair sentiment.
13. "Pretty Good Year" by Tori Amos. Again, sad, but rings true.
14. "Omaha" by The Counting Crows. Another band I could have used multiple songs by. This one really makes my heart sing, though.
15. "Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution" by Tracy Chapman. To end on a positive note.
As always, you can hear the list here.