Day 2 – Least Favorite Song: "God Bless the USA"

Clearly, I hate Jesus, the flag, and childrenn

My Dad was in the service, and I have run for political office, but I can’t help myself: my absolutely least favorite song is “God Bless the USA.” It is an awful, sentimental, smarmy, contrived, and — worst of all — poorly written piece of drivel. I will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” at the drop of a hat, and will volunteer to do so whenever the occasion merits it, but I absolutely refuse to sing GBUSA. Part of my revulsion may have to do with having been in a show band in high school that rehearsed, and played, this song incessantly; part of it may have to do with the fact that I associate it in my mind with the kind of thoughtless, knee-jerk, jingoistic patriotism that has little to do with actual, well, patriotism. And it also may be because we just get bombarded with it every year at the fourth of July, every time some horrible crisis happens, or every time some country DJ gets a decent excuse to spin the record again. Aaarrgghhh!


About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

Posted on April 13, 2011, in 30 Songs, Pop Culture and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. You sir, are dead on correct. It’s awful.

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