Patriotic Songs

Introduction:America, with all its faults, is still a beautiful place and it seems that our patriotic songs mirror that..........

  • 01

    God Bless America

    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.

  • 02

    America, the Beautiful

    Oh beautiful for spacious skies,
    For amber waves of grain,
    For purple mountain majesties
    Above the fruited plain....
    America! America!
    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!

  • 03

    National Anthem

    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.

  • 04

    Black National Anthem

    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.

  • 05

    My Country Tis of Thee

    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!





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