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Why No Songs for Thanksgiving?

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Why aren’t there songs for Thanksgiving*?
Even holidays need to make a living

There is no rhyme, there is no reason 
For the event that starts the holiday season

Songs for Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve
But none for Thanksgiving — can you believe?

Of course, all love songs are for St. Valentine’s
And even St. Patty’s has lots of o’rhymes

On July 4th there are many patriotic songs
But Thanksgiving has none and that’s wrong

No wars, religion, gifts – but good food, a parade 
Thus my favorite holiday gets an A+ grade

As we end the season of colorful Fall
It’s a day that belongs to us one and all

The three Fs make Thanksgiving stand tall
Family, friends and ubiquitous football

All across the USA it’s time to sing and say 
Here’s to our glorious Thanksgiving Day

When giving thanks, give thanks for this holiday
So, let’s write songs praising this special day!

*The oldest song: Over the Meadow says Thanksgiving only once and could be for any holiday. But there are none like these other holidays. And yes, there are general thank-you songs by many artists like the following:

  • “Thankful” by Kelly Clarkson
  • “Kind and Generous” by Natalie Merchant
  • “Thank U” by Alanis Morissette
  • “Give Thanks & Praises” by Bob Marley
  • “Thank You for Loving Me” by Bon Jovi
  • “Every Day” by Rascal Flatts
  • “Gratitude” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • “Thank You” by Sly & the Family Stone
  • “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  • “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars
  • “In My Life” by The Beatles
  • “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” by James Taylor
  • “Where You Lead, I Will Follow” by Carole King

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Read more by Ada Mark Strausberg.

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