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Lee Marshall

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I'm pretty sure that Randy and Burt agree with you Lisa.



I wish I could have found the l.p. version they did for their terrific 'Jukebox' release 10 or 11 years ago.  Back in 1969 when they were throwing the song together...it was pretty darned amazing...as was the album of the same name.  I have to say that even though I really, REALLY like Lenny Kravitz...his version is just plain awful.
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Knock, knock, is Lisa in the audience?
youtube.com/watch?v=C_fNGa26hig
Thanks for that, Lee.

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That's Captain Almerica to you, Lisa.

Interesting week.  The first song I thought of was this one, which has only been released recently.

Childish Gambino, "This is America".

youtube.com/watch?v=VYOjWnS4cMY

And then this one from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, which I've always loved, "American Girl".

youtube.com/watch?v=33mec03xeow







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Bonnie, GREAT bringing up Tom Petty and his band!  Maybe would have been a good choice for the week. Kudos. 

The other video was VERY disturbing!!!! And lots of views!

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I'm pretty sure that Randy and Burt agree with you Lisa.



I wish I could have found the l.p. version they did for their terrific 'Jukebox' release 10 or 11 years ago.  Back in 1969 when they were throwing the song together...it was pretty darned amazing...as was the album of the same name.  I have to say that even though I really, REALLY like Lenny Kravitz...his version is just plain awful.


I couldn't agree more about Kravitz's version of American Women.  Dreadful.  He's far better than that.  

Here's Kansas with Song for America

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David W

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My Votes :

Gold : American Pie - Don McLean
Silver :America the Beautiful - Ray Charles
Bronze :All Summer Long - The Beach Boys
Tin :American Woman - The Guess Who

2 obvious ones :






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Larry Franz

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Originally recorded during The Seeger Sessions in 2006, "American Land" turns a poem written by a 19th-century steelworker (and set to music by Pete Seeger) into Springsteen's version of a Pogues song. It's a rowdy Irish jig celebrating the American-immigrant experience....

I think it's very cool.

Bruce Springsteen, "American Land"
youtube.com/watch?v=sjxlRNly3Dw  (studio)

youtube.com/watch?v=tpeisHYbKdE  (live)

A different American dream:

Jan & Dean, "Surf City"
youtube.com/watch?v=EkbOkVHEIf0

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Al Forsyth

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Thanks David, for the votes and offerings.  I heard this live, "The American Trilogy" by the man himself and it was quite moving.  Like REALLY moving!!!!!  The band and support on this - completely amazing.  Elvis could move you like none other.  I was very lucky to hear this. Again, thanks for posting. 

One from the party girl:
youtube.com/watch?v=M11SvDtPBhA
And I used this in a former battle but it resonates with the 4th of July in Asbury Park - and the American dream, indeed, on a boardwalk on the Jersey Shore.
youtube.com/watch?v=KgFHM8HMbWQ
Staying Civil (as in War)
youtube.com/watch?v=Jy6AOGRsR80
Julia Ward Howe
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/how-julia-ward-howe-wrote-battle-hymn-of-the-republic--despite-her-husband/2011/11/15/gIQAnQRaYN_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4748bca7e97b

The American Dream continues throughout the week. 


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Lisa G/TS

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Al -- Cool duelling piano piece. 

And you can quit straining your eyes, folks, I wasn't in attendance in that "14 mins of AW" clip. There only in spirit, perhaps? 

Lee -- Now that's an interesting redux of AW. Guess they gotta reinvent it now and then so they don't fall asleep playing it! BTW, great story of Ray Charles personally having you MC his show. 

Dunno if even Heather Graham (no relation) or Mike Myers could add much to it (starting at 1:31), but it's a comedy break: 




John B -
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(he actually can sing.  and points for not ending up in some Me-Too story, Mr. Cummings!)


[rolleyes]


EDIT: Hey Al ! Let's get that party cookin' 



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The Kinks - Oklahoma, U.S.A.
youtube.com/watch?v=6W_iVrXyQ4M

Ray Davies - Americana
youtube.com/watch?v=LlmomFOkprw



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Ray's lyrics are so...overly nice to the point of being ...archaic, about the US of A.   So different than his own shooting in New Orleans, or the stories I read every day now, about white women with cellphones calling the police on black people for non-crimes...and a 30 yo black woman hitting a 90 yo Mexican man with a brick and telling him to go back to his country, and a white man (this is the most popular) yelling at a Puerto Rican lady for wearing a Puerto Rican pride shirt (without apparently knowing anything about U.S. citizenship on that Island).  etc.   Very depressing how very emboldened now bigots are.  In this climate, I'm very much looking forward to going abroad myself next week.  It'll be like that 'Simpsons' episode--I should look for Australian or Canadian shirts to wear...
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Ray's lyrics are so...overly nice to the point of being...archaic

I'd say the lyrics in those songs intentionally reflect the America of Hollywood, and Hollywood is known as "the Dream Factory".

More American dreams...

Stephen Foster's "[I dream of] Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair"

Jan DeGaetani - accompanied on period instruments
youtube.com/watch?v=D-SbWVE2umU

Susan Graham - arranged by Ned Rorem (semi-available video)
youtube.com/watch?v=Femqi_bFVYg


"Shenandoah", origin unknown ("I long to see you")

Sissel KyrkjebΓΈ - featuring American landscape paintings
youtube.com/watch?v=Hev-8zhucRY

Emmylou Harris - live
youtube.com/watch?v=Veyl_s1Y-x4


Harry Nilsson - "Dayton, Ohio - 1903" from Nilsson Sings Newman, dreaming of America's past
youtube.com/watch?v=7Ieh3ZnmUfI


Randy Newman - "Laugh and Be Happy", dreaming of a future, better America

Laugh and be happy, don't you ever wear a frown
Don't let the bastards grind you down
Laugh and be happy, it's a simple thing to do
Believe in your dream and your dream will come true for you

There'll be a red sun shining in the sky so blue
Blackbirds singing in the tree
There'll be a real silver lining up there for me and you
Listen to me, listen to me

Now the country that we're living in
You mean the good ol' USA? That's right
It's never been about keeping you out
It's about inviting you in and letting you play
So laugh and be happy, smile right in our face
Cause pretty soon you're gonna take our place

Come and whack whack, whackin' like old man trouble
Whacking on their front door
Wanna send you packin' on the double
But you ain't going away no more

youtube.com/watch?v=Y1hyPjyofmA

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G American Pie
S All Summer Long  - but this is great too.
B America the Beautiful
T American Woman

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Tom Tobben

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Though all of this week's battle songs are excellent, I feel conflicted about aspects of this week's battle theme. While we Americans have much to be proud of concerning our heritage, our espoused values, the many excellent and innovative things our country has done over our many years as one of the world's oldest existing democracies and most successful economies, and played a pivotal role in helping to win two major world wars in the last century, there is also a deep and long-running underbelly to our society that continues to plague our society and our espoused values.

Upon discovering and conquering what is now the United States, our nation's ancestors  managed to decimate Native American tribes across the country and corralled the remaining tribes onto reservations; our ancestors rationalized that behavior with what was euphemistically referred to as "manifest destiny"; they enslaved, murdered, and tortured millions of enslaved prisoners taken forcibly from Africa; they fought a horrific Civil War over deeply divided values regarding slavery; after emancipation, parts of our country created new "Jim Crow" laws and enforced segregation to further suppress our fellow African American citizens; in our lifetimes, members of our society, of law enforcement, and of the courts have continued to find ways to inordinately punish, harass, and oppress some of our racial, ethnic, and religious minorities.

After becoming the dominant power in the world after the fall of the Soviet Union, some of our leaders have thrown our weight around to get our way and to take advantage of other countries, including our own allies. We currently have far and away the greatest amount of gun violence and also the most restrictive health care coverage of any of the world's major developed nations. Our current president has degraded our civil discourse, unleashed an increase in hate crimes and hate speech, attempted to discredit and damage our governmental institutions and our free press, and he has damaged our relationships and reputation among our greatest and longest standing allies, while cozying up to some of our greatest threats and their authoritarian leaders.

Fortunately, throughout our history, we have overcome past threats to the integrity of our nation, its institutions, and our leaders, so I am hopeful that once again our country can correct itself through our constitutional checks and balances and the will of the majority of the people.

Thus, while our country's leaders like to refer to America as that "shining city on a hill" and celebrate our country's ideals and successes with patriotic events, holidays, and songs, it is also critical to the health of our society that our Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, freedom of peaceful dissent, freedom of the press, and the right of every adult citizen to vote, in order to publicly speak out against things that may be wrong in our country or with its leaders, and to express our opinions for needed remedies. 

Thus, it is only fitting that our country also have songs of social protest that call out deficiencies or issues in our society. Some of them are topical and fleeting in nature, and some of them become long-enduring anthems of social protest.

Thus, while most of the songs about America in this week's battle and add-on songs are positive or aspirational in nature, we should also not forget songs of social protest or about negative trends in our society that need attention.

With that in mind, I'll toss in a few more songs into this week's mix regarding America, but also reflecting issues that our country faces or has faced:


First, "America Is..." by the Violent Femmes (1985), a popular 80s alternative rock group from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, protesting the hypocrisy that is sometimes so prevalent in our country:


In his early classic "Sail Away" (1972), Randy Newman spoke out poignantly and satirically about the American institution of slavery:


"American City Suite" by Cashman and West
(1972) is a four part song reflecting on what the songwriters felt was happing to New York City in the early 1970s, especially as reflected in the last couple movements of this lovely extended form song:


"Take Back America" by Miami Dan & The Hayes Street Band (2010), which protests the corrupt lawyers and politicians who damage our country, and it espouses a return to basic American and family values:


Finally, another topical song by Canada's Guess Who, "Guns Guns Guns" (1972), (whose title and lyrics are self-evident) about the gun culture in our American society and what it has done to Mother Nature (much less to our fellow humans and our fears of one another):



I'll be back later this week to cast my votes on this week's four excellent battle songs.
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Wonderful additions everyone!  Thank you. 

Tom, since it is supposed to be a "free country" - it really isn't, but the idealism fueled so many dreams and still does.  We can really get into this, but you have said it already.  Both sides of my family believed it and worked hard for it. 

More to add.  Thanks for the votes DAN!

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