My Favorite Song About America

America by Prince and The Revolution has long been on the list of my 3,402 second-favorite Prince songs (Kiss is #1). It’s from the 1985 album Around the World In a Day, a decidedly stylistic departure from its predecessor, a little album I like to call Purple Rain. It’s also my favorite song about, well, America. Here’s why.

It’s patriotic.

America, America

God shed his grace on thee

It’s imploring.

America, America

Keep the children free

It speaks truth to power.

Aristocrats on a mountain climb

Making money, losing time

It calls attention to the disenfranchised.

Jimmy Nothing never went 2 school

They made him pledge allegiance

He said it wasn’t cool

Nothing made Jimmy proud

It worries about the future.

Now Jimmy lives on a mushroom cloud

It’s real.

Little sister making minimum wage

Living in a 1-room jungle-monkey cage

It’s idealistic.





It’s funky.

It’s Prince.

Happy 4th of July!

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