Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Birthday, America!

Well, you know we have our heroes,
I mean, Washington and Lincoln,
Including Audie Murphy,
Including Ol' Jack Ruby,
Wasn't Jack wonderful?
Oh, he certainly was!

--Loudon Wainwright III, "Bicentennial"

America, America,
Step out into the light
Your the best dream Man has ever dreamed
And may all your Christmases be white

--Randy Newman, "Sigmund Freud's Impersonation of Albert Einstein in America"

That's the problem with listening to snarky music all the time; you don't have any where to go when you want to be sincere about patriotism.

America, America
God shed His grace on thee
And crown they good
With brotherhood
From sea to shining sea

Patriotism swells in the heart of the American bear!

--Fozzie Bear, singing "America The Beautiful" in The Muppet Movie

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