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This is probably the best 4th of July song of all time(quintessentially American too. Who can't relate to "She's waiting for me...when I get home for work"). X is a great band. Punk rock and rockabilly together with the beautiful voice of Exene Cervenka.

But we should also be realistic about the forgotten historical connotations of this day so I reference probably my favorite band, the Descendents and Merican:

We flipped our finger to the king of england
Stole our country from the indians
With god on our side and guns in our hands
We took it for our own
A nation dedicated to liberty
Justice and equality
Does it look that way to you?
It doesn't look that way to me
The sickest joke I know

[Chorus]
Listen up man, I'll tell you who I am
Just another stupid american
You don't wanna listen
You don't wanna understand
So finish up your drink and go home

I come from the land of Ben Franklin
Twain and Poe and Walt Whitman
Otis Redding, Ellington,
The country that I love
But it's a land of the slaves and the ku klux klan
Haymarket riot and the great depression
Joe McCarthy, Vietnam
The sickest joke I know

[Chorus]

I'm proud and ashamed
Every fourth of july
You got to know the truth
Before you say that you got pride

Now the cops got tanks 'cause the kids got guns
Shrinks pushin' pills on everyone
Cancer from the ocean, cancer from the sun
Straight to Hell we go

[Chorus 2x]

Where are we now? Are you all right?

I’m alright
tell me you’re alright
Almost there
barely here
I knew that this day would have to come
Wailing on the wall
Watching giants fall
I know there’s a message to receive
Written in debris
Meaning’s hard to see
The loss of innocence
means nothing in the new world
All our hands are red
Everyone is guilty now
I’m alright
tell me you’re alright
Stop my eyes
open wide
Another idiot goes to the box
Frozen to the screen
Scared to turn it off
Quiet shocks gives way to righteousness
Rattle on the bars
Vengeance will be ours
Fanatics on their knees
pray for a swift and just revenge
Become what they condemn
mirror image men
Hands across America
let’s catch contact hysteria
Our flag erects from broken homes
July 4th forever more
Colors of democracy
fly from every SUV
The misspelled bumper stickers here
Where did all the honor students go?
Numbers on the news
this time with familiar names
This time on familiar ground
this reality in your backyard
So the fences fall
will you redefine them all
Will you choose shelter or empathy?
The world we share has come too close
With Borders blown from glass
we collect stones and cast them
They say the Party never stops
but I know we cannot get off
Another idiot comes on the box
Breathing privileged air
Preaching to the fair
Rallying one muscle under God
Leading on the cheer
Leaning on our fears
This state of ignorance
means nothing to the faithful
God is with us now
they disregard the world
beyond the wall

More below the fold if you like what you are hearing. :-)

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