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I’d like to wish all my fellow Americans a safe and Happy July 4th. “America”, was written by Paul Simon back in 1968 but I think it still resonates with many people today. Here’s the original, performed by Simon & Garfunkel at their 1981 Concert in Central Park, as well as an exquisite 2014 cover by Swedish folk duo, First Aid Kit.


Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together

I’ve got some real estate here in my bag

So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner’s pies

And we walked off to look for America 

Cathy, I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh 

Michigan seems like a dream to me now

It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw 

I’ve gone to look for America 


Laughing on the bus, playing games with the faces

She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy

I said, be careful, his bow tie is really a camera

Toss me a cigarette, I think there’s one in my raincoat

We smoked the last one an hour ago

So I looked at the scenery

She read her magazine

And the moon rose over an open field 


Cathy, I’m lost, I said, though I knew she was sleeping

And I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why

Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike

They’ve all come to look for America

All come to look for America

All come to look for America