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We’re only a few days away from the most important day in American history, and before you fire up that iPod (or boombox, I don’t know, it’s your party) take a careful listen at that patriotic song you love—it may not be about what you think it is.
Sure, these days it’s not so cutting edge to criticize the government. Hell, there are people who make a career out of it. But these songs were so stealthy in their criticism that many people didn’t realize that they were anti-war, anti-president or anti-anything else until long after they were released.
Here are five songs that many people consider patriotic that are actually very much not.
1. “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie didn’t write “This Land is Your Land” to praise the beautiful pastorals of the United States. It was actually written in sadness in the early…
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