Here is a land full of power and glory, beauty that words cannot recall- oh her power shall rest on the strength of her freedom, her glory shall rest on us all.
Yet she’s only as rich as the poorest of her poor, only as free as the padlocked prison door, only as strong as our love for this land, only as tall as we stand.
A July Fourth Mix for America, in all its beauty and all its ugliness.
Some of these songs contain potentially triggering content; the asterisks denote trigger warnings, which I’ve listed at the end of the post.
- Power & the Glory (Phil Ochs)
- Ballad of the Sit-Ins (Sweet Honey in the Rock)
- America (Simon & Garfunkel)
- What You Own (Rent Film Cast)
- With God On Our Side (Neville Brothers)
- City of New Orleans (Arlo Guthrie)
- Prison Trilogy* (Joan Baez)
- Young Man In America (Anais Mitchell)
- Sincerely, Jane** (Janelle Monáe)
- Deportee*** (Richard Shindell)
- The Boxer (Mumford & Sons)
- Ballad of Harry T Moore**** (Sweet Honey in the Rock)
- Immigrant Punk (Gogol Bordello)
- Things That Scare Me (Neko Case)
- Democracy (Leonard Cohen)
- Drive Through America (Evalyn Parry)
- Cops of the World***** (Phil Ochs)
- Fast Car (Tracy Chapman)
- Plains of Nebrasky-O (Eric Andersen and Phil Ochs)
- This Land Is Your Land (Doc Watson, Pete Seeger, Sweet Honey in the Rock, The Little Red School House Chorus)
*includes accounts of suicide, drug overdose, and police brutality; it’s basically about how utterly screwed up the American prison system is
**includes references to drug use and gang violence
***recounts a plane crash where hundreds of immigrants died on their way to being deported to Mexico
****recounts the murder of a civil rights worker and his family
*****makes reference to war crimes and human rights violations, particularly rape. this entire song is kind of a punch to the gut.