Songs That Were Not So Patriotic After All…

As July 4, 2018 approaches, the trend of listing down all the patriotic songs has begun. Songs with America as titles, anthems and nostalgic rock are dominating the playlist of the US citizens but all these songs are not really as patronizing for the nation as these sound. Some come with darker meanings and are way far from being America-centric.

This list includes some all-time American favorites like

  • Born in the USA—Sung by Bruce Springsteen

This is one of the most famous patriotic and hit songs by the singer. From 1984 till date, politicians of different era have used it in their election campaigns but as you pass the melodious chorus, the main lyrics of the song focus on the tragic story of a youth who has been sent to Vietnam to fight against his will. To be in line with the painful story, the singer opted for a rough acoustic version of the song and this version is still played at his broadway shows.

  • Fortunate Son—Sung by Creedence Clearwater Revival

This is another example of how a protest song was transformed as a national anthem. It is also the story of the disparities between the rich and the poor. The lyrics sarcastically comment on how just the poor are compelled to fight someone else’s fight in Vietnam against their will while the rich are happily spared. The starting charming melody of the song creates a false impression that it is filled with patriotism.


  • This Land Is Your Land—Sung by Woody Guthrie

This is another highly spirited protestors’ song in guise of patriotism. Irritated by the continuous playing of ‘God Bless America’ at the American radio stations, Guthrie asked whether the hungry people standing at the roadside was actually a sign of “Blessed America.”


  • Rockin’ in the Free World—Sung by Neil Young

Preferred both by President Trump and Bernie Sanders for their electoral campaigns, this song speaks about the wealth imbalance, social disparity and consumerism which existed during the presidential rule of George H. W. Bush.


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