Lady Gaga started her Super Bowl halftime show with “God Bless America,” but then segued immediately to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.” Guthrie wrote the song in protest of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” saying that Berlin’s song was too tame. The original Guthrie song included these lyrics: “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.” So, by segueing between the two ballads, Gaga was making the statement that “This Land is Your Land” is the anthem we should be embodying in the 21st century. And many protesters have been singing the Guthrie song as part of their anti-Trump rhetoric too. While subtle, Gaga made some political commentary after all. And of course, Lady Gaga did sing her hit sing “Born This Way,” which claims LGBT populations were born with their sexual or gender identities.
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