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GenYus234 27 June 2012 11:48 PM

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Originally Posted by damian (Post 1637439)
I think the song is a little presumptuous. Who says God even likes you?

If God didn't like the USA, why did Jesus move here?

Brad from Georgia 28 June 2012 12:37 AM

I think I spotted Eddie Munster in the audience in that clip. And Ronnie Reagan later. It's odd that Reagan later recalled his service overseas in WWII, since he never actually went overseas, though.

UrbanLegends101 31 August 2017 06:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Jenn (Post 1186388)

This clip is from the movie "You're in the Army Now". You will see a
familiar face in this one that we are all very proud of.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnQDW-NMaRs


I could not match that movie title, but it appears the actual movie is This is the Army from 1943


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNYl15DXSjU

DrRocket 01 September 2017 01:00 AM

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Originally Posted by NobodyAtAll (Post 1639116)
Tho' only a small cross section of any group would recall the Firesign Theater I guess. I think that was on 'All Hail Marx and Lennon' meaning Groucho and John.

I've got a couple of their albums on CD. :lol:

He crosses MacArthur Park and walks into a great sandstone building. "Ow, my nose!"

Dr. Winston O'Boogie 01 September 2017 05:24 PM

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Originally Posted by DrRocket (Post 1957885)
I've got a couple of their albums on CD. :lol:

He crosses MacArthur Park and walks into a great sandstone building. "Ow, my nose!"

Relentlessly.
Ruthlessly. "I wonder where Ruth is"

I did this with a couple of buddies as a "radio play" for a class in high school. I think I can still remember (almost) all of the script.

"You haven't heard the last of me!"
"No, but the first of you turns my stomach!"

E. Q. Taft 02 September 2017 12:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Dr. Winston O'Boogie (Post 1957955)
"You haven't heard the last of me!"
"No, but the first of you turns my stomach!"

One of my favorite lines from Futurama: "You haven't seen the last of Barbados Slim! Now, good-bye forever!"

Eoin 04 September 2017 10:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Assilem Brandywine (Post 1186676)
I wonder if the writer of the glurge knew that Berlin was both Jewish and Russian. He's also the same guy who wrote "Easter Parade".

Easter Parade is ironic since Easter is what makes Christianity distinct from Judaism. God Bless America, on the other hand, works for any monotheistic religion.
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Originally Posted by damian (Post 1637439)
I think the song is a little presumptuous. Who says God even likes you?

The words are "God bless America" (a petition), not "God blessed America" (a statement). Perhaps you're confusing it with the Roy Rogers song God Must Have Loved America.

Mouse 05 September 2017 02:07 AM

Clearly my soul is nonexistent and my heart is truly black as pitch, because I've never been crazy about "God Bless America." It's smaltzy as hell and I'm always like, "Y'know given the wealth and influence America has, maybe we should ask God to bless other nations. I mean, you don't give the blue spiny shell to the guy in first place." Then again, given that the developed world has us beat on everything except imprisoning people and our bloated military budget, maybe the song is more apropos then I think. Though I don't know...

The best thing to come out of this song was Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land. He wrote that song as a Take That against "God Bless America" with the chorus originally being "God blessed America for me" rather than "This Land was made for you and me."

Woody Guthrie's song has been out long enough that it can be safely glurgified, especially if you take out this verse:

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In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple;

By the relief office, I'd seen my people.

As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking,

Is this land made for you and me?
How dare Woody Guthrie celebrate a bunch of welfare queens. :fish:

thorny locust 05 September 2017 02:39 AM

This verse is usually dropped also:

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As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

gopher 05 September 2017 11:37 AM

I think you will find God is too busy saving the Queen to bless America.

Richard W 05 September 2017 11:45 AM

You wouldn't believe some of the scrapes the Queen gets into and has to be saved from. It's a full-time job.

ChasFink 05 September 2017 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by gopher (Post 1958184)
I think you will find God is too busy saving the Queen to bless America.

If things keep progressing as they seem to be, He'll be saving Mrs. Ethel Shroake of 393A High Street, Leytonstone instead.

Crius of CoH 11 September 2017 03:12 AM

I don't find God Bless America particularly schmaltzy or offensive or stirring or anything, really; it was merely part of the standard background sound of my childhood. However, nowadays when I hear it, all I can think of is the ending of Once Upon A Time In America.


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