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Songs of the Week: Six songs for patriots

Published July 3, 2012 5:58 pm

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Forget "Born in the U.S.A."

Here are six songs that will make you proud to be an American during the week of July 4:

1. "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxiMrvDbq3s

2. "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)," Bruce Springsteen. Because of the line: "Sandy, the fireworks are hailin' over Little Eden tonight." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ314hldal4

3. "I'm a Patriot," Steven Van Zandt. Look for Jackson Browne or Pearl Jam's version. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZnkLoGJ7SI

4. "No More Kings," Schoolhouse Rock. Check out Pavement's rambunctious cover. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppYMKMuDp58

5. "Don't Tread on Me," Metallica. A little bellicose, but what's more American than electric guitars? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIHuF8WvdFk

6. "If You're Reading This," Tim McGraw. For all of the soldiers, sailors and Coast Guard personnel out there. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XoRQTERQdI&feature=related