Tuesday, July 04, 2006

July 4 -- Today we celebrate our freedom

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Long may it wave over the land of the free


America the Beautiful
by Katharine Lee Bates, 1913
(link to source, history, and seven more verses)

O 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!



God bless America
by Irving Berlin, 1918; revised 1938
(link to source; history of the song)

Spoken Introduction:
While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.

Song:

God bless America,
land that I love
Stand beside her
and guide her
Through the night
with the light from above
From the mountains
To the prairies,
To the ocean white with foam
God bless America,
My home sweet home.



This land is your land
by Woodie Guthrie, 1940 and 1952
(link to source, Nashville, and more verses)

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me

As I was walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me
(for 1940 version, go here--Nashville)

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Comments:
Happy July 4th!
 
Happy 4th of July!
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Happy 4th Jim!!
 

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