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Bad Grammar in Song Lyrics, Lee Greenwood

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Lee Greenwood's, "God Bless the U.S.A."
The Lyrics:
I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free.
While the singer's patriotic sentiments are touching, the relationship of dependent and independent clauses here just doesn't work. That is because the connector, where, is a place-referent connector and therefore needs an antecedent of place in the independent clause. But there is no antecedent of place. That is to say, "I'm proud to be in America, Where at least I know I'm free" would work grammatically, but the actual lines here don't, since "an American" does not imply a place, but is followed by "where", which needs to refer back to a place.
Submitted by: Regina Haniger

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