Friday, July 04, 2008

Hey Baby, It's the Fourth of July

Happy Independence Day everybody!
Enjoy the grilled meat, the explody things and the rock & roll, and remember:
"Nobody living can ever stop me, as I go walkin' that Freedom Highway!"

Check out some tunes, including this incredible version of "Masters of War" by the Roots, who turn the Dylan song on its head by copping the melody from our national anthem. It's subversive as hell, but what a statement!

And how 'bout "This Land Is Your Land" as our new national anthem? It's got my vote.

The Roots - Masters of War (live Bob Dylan cover)
Arlo Guthrie & Bruce Springsteen & Taj Mahal & Emmylou Harris & Bono & Little Richard & John Mellencamp - This Land Is Your Land
Bruce Springsteen - 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
Dave Alvin - Fourth of July
Bruce Springsteen - Independence Day (live, Oct. 23, 1999)
Elliott Smith - Independence Day (live Dec. 20, 2001)

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