Track of the Day: 'This Land Is Your Land' (cover)

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A reader submits another song of complicated patriotism:

I think Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” fits into this form (if not obviously). It would seem to be one Springsteen’s most significant influences. Perhaps my elementary school’s music teacher of the early 1970s was tactically subversive (which he may have been), but this song was taught to us as a patriotic anthem.

Earlier submissions include “Rockin’ in the Free World,” “Born in the U.S.A” and “America.”