The Lyrics of Patriotic Songs May Surprise You

Happy Fourth of July!!! I wrote this post last year and it seemed timely. Happy 243rd birthday, U.S.A.!

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Iwo Jima Memorial Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington D.C. (photo by RaeAnn Jent)

Hey everyone, I hope your Fourth of July is off to a great start. Happy 242nd Birthday, America!

One of my favorite parts of the Fourth of July or Memorial Day are patriotic songs. No kidding, I used to march around the house singing You’re a Grand Old Flag while waving a little flag I got from school.

But lately, I’ve noticed that we usually only sing the first verse of our favorite patriotic songs. So this post is all about discovering those extra verses we seldom hear. Many are deeply connected to our nation’s history, particularly our spiritual heritage.

  • America the Beautiful by Katherine Lee Bates (1913)
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/…

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