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Songs for the Fourth of July

Yankee Doodle | Star-Spangled Banner | God Bless America | America the Beautiful | America (My Country ’Tis of Thee) | This Land Is Your Land | Stars and Stripes Forever | Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean | Hail Columbia | You’re a Grand Old Flag | More Patriotic Songs

       Yankee Doodle

This is Revolutionary War song is thought to have begun as a British song mocking the Americans. But the Americans quickly adopted it and wrote their own lyrics.

Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony
Stuck a feather in his hat
And called it macaroni.

Yankee Doodle, keep it up
Yankee Doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

Father and I went down to camp
Along with Captain Gooding
And there we saw the men and boysAs thick as hasty pudding.

Yankee Doodle, keep it up
Yankee Doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy

There was General Washington
Upon a slapping stallion
A-giving orders to his men
I guess there was a million.

Yankee Doodle, keep it up
Yankee Doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

For more information on Yankee Doodle:
Wikipedia: Yankee Doodle   
Library of Congress: Yankee Doodle   and  Yankee Doodle   
SongFacts: Yankee Doodle   
8Notes: Sheet Music: Yankee Doodle   

 

            The Star-Spangled Banner 

In 1931, the United States adopted this as its national anthem. The song was composed by Francis Scott Key in 1814. 

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, thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave? 

For more information on The Star-Spangled Banner:
Wikipedia: The Star-Spangled Banner
 
Library of Congress: The Star-Spangled Banner and Memory: The Star-Spangled Banner 
SongFacts: The Star-Spangled Banner 
Project Gutenberg: Sheet Music for The Star Spangled Banner (pdf)
8Notes: Sheet Music: The Star-Spangled Banner

 

 

            God Bless America

Written by the great songwriter Irving Berlin in 1938, this is one of the most popular patriotic songs.

God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru 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.

        America the Beautiful

The words to this patriotic song were written in 1895 as a poem by Katharine Lee Bates, an English professor. The words were later put to music composed by Samuel A. Ward.

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!

For more information on America the Beautiful:
Wikipedia: America the Beautiful 
Library of Congress: America the Beautiful 
SongFacts: America the Beautiful 
8Notes: Sheet Music: America the Beautiful

        America (My Country ’Tis of Thee)

Samuel F. Smith wrote the words to this song in 1831. The melody is that of the British national anthem “God Save the Queen.”

My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountainside,
Let freedom ring!

For more information on My Country ’Tis of Thee:
Wikipedia: My Country ’Tis of Thee 
Library of Congress: My Country ’Tis of Thee 
SongFacts: My Country ’Tis of Thee

 

 

This Land Is Your Land

Woody Guthrie wrote this popular song in 1940 as a response to another patriotic song, “God Bless America.”  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Land Is Your Land

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 a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a 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 more information on This Land Is Your Land:
Wikipedia: This Land Is Your Land 
Library of Congress: This Land Is Your Land 
SongFacts: This Land Is Your Land 
8Notes: Sheet Music: This Land Is Your Land

 

Stars and Stripes Forever

  Written in 1896 by John Philip Sousa, this patriotic music in 1987 was made the National March of the United States. It is often played by bands, but the words are seldom sung.

     

  

 

 

 

 

 

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Stars and Stripes Forever

Let martial note in triumph float
And liberty extend its mighty hand
A flag appears ‘mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
Its folds protect no tyrant crew;
The red and white and starry blue

Is freedom’s shield and hope.
Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom’s nation.

For more information on Stars and Stripes Forever:
Wikipedia: Stars and Stripes Forever 
Library of Congress: Stars and Stripes Forever and Stars and Stripes Forever 
SongFacts: Stars and Stripes Forever 
8Notes: Sheet Music: Stars and Stripes Forever

 

Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean

This patriotic song was popular in the 19th century. Columbia was a nickname for the United States. It along with “Hail Columbia” and “My Country ’Tis of Thee” competed to be the U.S. national anthem.

O Columbia! the gem of the ocean,
The home of the brave and the free,
The shrine of each patriot’s devotion,
A world offers homage to thee;
Thy mandates make heroes assemble,
When Liberty’s form stands in view;
Thy banners make tyranny tremble,
When borne by the red, white, and blue,
When borne by the red, white, and blue,
When borne by the red, white, and blue,
Thy banners make tyranny tremble,
When borne by the red, white and blue.

For more information on Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean:
Wikipedia: Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
Library of Congress: Columbia the Gem of the Ocean 
Project Gutenberg: Sheet Music for Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean (pdf)

 

Hail Columbia

The music was composed by Philip Phile for George Washington’s inauguration in 1789. A few years later, Joseph Hopkinson wrote the words. Today it is the entrance music for the U.S. vice president.

Hail Columbia, happy land!
Hail, ye heroes, heav’n-born band,
Who fought and bled in freedom’s cause,
Who fought and bled in freedom’s cause,
And when the storm of war was gone
Enjoy’d the peace your valor won.
Let independence be our boast,
Ever mindful what it cost;
Ever grateful for the prize,
Let its altar reach the skies.

Firm, united let us be,
Rallying round our liberty,
As a band of brothers joined,
Peace and safety we shall find.

For more information on Hail Columbia:
Wikipedia: Hail, Columbia 
Library of Congress: Hail Columbia 
About: Music Education: Hail Columbia 
Project Gutenberg: Sheet Music for Hail Columbia (pdf)

 

You’re a Grand Old Flag

George M. Cohan wrote this patriotic song in 1906 for a musical. Cohan wrote many popular songs, including patriotic songs such as “Yankee Doodle Boy” and “Over There.”

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.

Ev’ry heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev’ry heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

For more information on You’re a Grand Old Flag:
Wikipedia: You’re a Grand Old Flag 
Library of Congress: You’re a Grand Old Flag and You’re a Grand Old Flag

   

More Patriotic Songs

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Patriotic Songs 

Library of Congress: Patriotic Melodies

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