“This Land Is Your Land” is mostly recognized as a chipper, foot-tapping patriotic anthem. But Sam Hunt took the tune in a new, more somber direction. After a year of turmoil, it seems appropriate, even poignant.
The song is featured in Netflix’s new fantasy-drama “Bright” which is reported to use elves, orcs, and magic to highlight the racial inequity and discrimination present in reality. “This Land Is Your Land” is a reminder of our national beauty and the right of all Americans to claim the nation as their own.
Hunt sticks to the traditional lyrics of the song, refraining from adding any lyrics or twists of his own. Ironically, this helps to make the song his own, focusing on the lyrics and tone rather than Hunt.