It's summer and I'm feeling lazy. So instead of a regular post, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite songs related to asylum and/or immigration.

This first song involves one of my favorite musical groups of all time, the Clancy Brothers. The song is based on some letters discovered in a house in Washington, DC. It's about an immigrant from Ireland to the U.S. in the Nineteenth Century. Warning: This is one of the saddest and most sentimental songs I know (but you have to pay attention to the words):

Here's another sad one by Woodie Guthrie. It commemorates a plane crash in 1948 that killed 32 people, most of whom were migrant farm workers. It's called Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos). This version is by Joan Baez and friends:

Let's end on a happier note. This is probably my favorite song for immigrants. It's also one of the great American anthems: This Land Is Your Land by Woodie Guthrie. I particularly like this version, led by Pete Seeger at President Obama's first inauguration. It reminds us of who we aspire to be. I know you know this one, so sing along:

Happy Summer!

Originally posted on the Asylumist: