200 Years is from the soundtrack of Robert Altman’s 1975 movie Nashville. In the beginning sequence of the movie, a country cowboy singer repeatedly sings the verse “for we must be doing somethin’ right, to last another 200 hundred years”. The summary of the song describes how the ancestors crossed the ocean to America and devoted themselves to building the country. It also talks about how the descendants should follow the footsteps to keep up the good faith despite all the hardships. This song integrates the spirits of Patriotism and Christianity and contrasts the patriotism toward one’s nation with one’s oath to God.
The continuous repetition of “for we must be doing somethin’ right, to last another 200 hundred years”, makes the song stick in viewers’ minds. A seemingly ordinary song in 1975, hearing it in the post-911 era generates a feeling of space-time confusion, especially at a time when American Imperialism is no longer dominant, along with the peaceful rise of China. Nationalism is on the rise and people are seething with excitement. If the song were translated into Chinese and sung by the folk singer Xiao He, it would have the ingenious outcome of different languages with the same purpose.