America, with all its faults, is still a beautiful place and it seems that our patriotic songs mirror that..........
God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam........
God bless America, My home sweet home.
This song has very good melody and wonderful words. Usually it's sang on special occasions, special events and assemblies and sometimes can make one's emotions rise.
Oh beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain....
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
This was sometimes sang after school or during assemblies. Patriotism was king and taught vigorously in out schools!
Oh say can you see
By the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed
At the twilight's last gleaming
Whose broad stripes and bright stars
Through the perilous fight
O're the ramparts we watched
Were so gallantly streaming
And the rocket's red glare
The bomb's bursting in air
Gave proof to the night
That our flag was still there
Oh say does that star-spangled
Banner yet wave
O're the land of the free
And the home of the brave
Back in the day, we had to sing this every day before school. Surprisingly, many people mouth it because they don't know the words. That was unheard of! The words were placed in our heads. The melody was a hard to sing song originating from a British Pub but it is very significant with its words. When one really sings and knows the meaning it is so powerful.
Lift every voice and sing, till earth and Heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise, high as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.
This was publicly performed first as a poem as part of a celebration of Lincoln's Birthday on February 12, 1900 by 500 school children at a segregated Stanton School. Its principal, James Weldon Johnson, wrote the words to introduce its honored guest Booker T. Washington.
During the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s there was a resurgence of this poem and was converted to a melody. It's really quite beautiful, something that many Blacks had to learn as a young adult and to not know it seems shameful. It's wonderful.
My Country Tis of Thee
Sweet land of liberty
Of thee I sing
Land where my father died
Land of the Pilgrim's pride
From every mountain side
Let freedom ring
In the early days of grade school, this was probably many people's first patriotic song. It's short and sweet and not heard of as much today but it's still a sweet way to honor your country!
Love these songs:)
Wow, i've stumbled upon another article of yours! I love this list. It's endearing.
I like your wonderful list of great patriotic songs. I like them all.
God Bless America is my favorite too. Great list!
Nice list with lots of memories of when we may have first learned these beautiful songs.
It is wonderful to see "God Bless America" in a list of patriotic songs. It seems mentioning God that has anything to with America is a big no-no. Thank you for not being "PC" and including it in this list. Thank you for posting this on List My Five!
Thank you, Penelope, for another great list.
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