I had never heard this song before tonight... somehow it cheered me up from all talk of hurricanes and politics and rumors of wars and such.
The United States is a big nation, and what our government or some big company did or didn't do can have a negative effect on people now and then and, yeah, I get that.
But, as the video shows, Americans got some things right about civilization here and there. And we kept some nice scenery about despite our desire to build too many things.
Yeah, I like America, with all her faults. Tonight especially. And I'll write something negative on something about America I'm sure... but not tonight.
Call me biased. :-)
From the Songfacts website: "According to the Noël Coward Society, this song originated in 1949, and went into Ace Of Clubs the following year.
"Quintessential English gentleman Coward was no stranger to the United States, having set sail for New York aboard the SS Aquatania in May 1921, but his fascination with the country predates this; "The Baseball Rag" which he co-wrote with Doris Joel was published in 1919. This love affair was mutual, his plays were as familiar to Broadway audiences as to those in the West End of London. This song though is a slightly frivolous take on the love habits of Americans; in at least one recording where he plays or is accompanied on the piano, the closing strains of the song include a few bars of "Yankee Doodle"; he used a similar musical joke in "Mad Dogs And Englishmen"."