Once you’ve muddled through your cavalcade of Petty and Katy and Miley and the Boss, the offerings for Independence Day-themed songs can get intriguing fast. At least that’s what I discovered after seeking out the less-explored corners of YouTube for rarified offerings in a patriotic spirit.


Independence Day, 4th of July, 1940 Promotion
Brass, flags, fireworks, a quill pen signing the Declaration of Independence—no surprises there. But then:

Be happy … be glad we are living in the good old USA
Land of the free … home of fair play

That’s not how it goes! What enterprising wag took it upon himself to rewrite “The Star Spangled Banner,” one wonders? I guess with World War II under way, the powers that be wanted to emphasize America’s inherently just system.

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