Time for an unofficial version of “Allison’s Jukebox,” unofficial in that someone else deserves credit for bringing to the world’s attention these songs on this day (I’ll credit him later). Here in the United States, this day when I write this is Independence Day. This is the day when, 243 years ago, the “thirteen original colonies” gave a big “screw you” to a certain royal monarch, declared their independence, and tried to live happily ever after.
Emphasis on “tried” in that last paragraph, of course, for the past 243 years have not been all peaches and cream for our fair country. For one, there was a brutal civil war whose side effects we still can’t overcome over a century and a half later. As well, if you haven’t been paying attention to the news the past two and a half years, we’re being led into darkness by a certain man wearing an ill-fitting suit, bad-looking toupee, and a petulant ego that makes him think he’s a royal monarch.