She’s Queer For Uncle Sam: The 52 State Pick-Up Mix Epilogue
Despite me devoting twelve-plus weeks to a mixtape of 52 songs about states in America, I’m not exactly a patriot in the nationalist sense. (I do hold high standards for civic duty though, and community responsibility, but these are different things to me.) However, I love the development of culture, I am a part of the culture I live in, I replicate that culture, and therefore I am an American in that literal sense. And so, as the final chapter in this long glorious trip through the 50 states, plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico, I present to you a few of my favorite songs with the word “America” in the title.
Thank you everyone who followed along every week, commenting and suggesting songs too. I’m sure in a couple weeks I’ll think of a new series for the winter, so see you some cold Saturday in January for more tunes!
America – Simon & Garfunkel
More often than not when flying to New York City, I use Newark airport and take the coach bus into the city. While on the New Jersey Turnpike, I always count cars, and then I text my friend Shana to tell her.
America – George Chakiris & Rita Moreno (West Side Story)
Bernado is played by a Greek man in brownface, true, but hey it’s Rita Moreno. And frankly, despite being decades old, the lyrics still got some truth in them.
American Dreaming – Dead Can Dance
Dead Can Dance is probably the closest to goth I ever really got. Well, maybe a few Siouxsie records too, of course. This song was put on a mixtape for me in college (I see you, Sherry!) and every couple years I re-find the track and saturate my playlists with it. I’ve never seen the video until today, and the beard is inducing a new appreciation.
I know there are lots of other America songs you like, so let me have ’em!