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Morning Song – Better In The USA

January 19, 2016

With Natalie Cole’s death on New Year’s Eve, David Bowie’s death last week, and Glenn Frey’s death yesterday, we’ve had some vivid reminders that, yes, this is the year the baby boomers start turning 70.

“Better In The USA” isn’t Glenn Frey’s best song, but it’s one that draws on his Detroit roots—with heavy doses of R&B, early rock and roll (how does Chuck Berry not get a partial writing credit?), and nearly equal measures of boastfulness and levity in the lyrics.  (If only it had been a hit single when released in 1984 at the height of the Cold War, Ronald Reagan might never have had that kerfuffle with Bruce Springsteen.)

We got freedom, we got soul;
We got blue jeans and rock ‘n’ roll

Man, it ain’t even close, it’s better in the U.S.A.


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  1. Thanks for that! I have never heard it before! Seems very topical today, too , though it must have been written years ago. Sigh. . . same old problems!

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