American Patriotic Song Lyrics

While teaching my daughter history, I was struck by the beauty and patriotism of our great American writers. Most of them wrote these songs as poems and they were later set to music. So here are the poems:

Yankee Doodle is the first one. It was written by an Englishman who was making fun of American colonists untrained in war or marching. He wrote as a joke and taught it to Americans for them to learn to march in time. Later, Americans defeated the English in the Revolutionary War to become free and independent and kept singing the song to prove that we may be ridiculous but we beat you. I never knew that. Here it is:

Yankee Doodle

Fath’r and I went down to camp, along with Captain Good’in, and there we saw the men and boys as thick as hasty puddin’. Yankee Doodle keep it up, Yankee Doodle dandy, mind the music and the step and with the girls be handy.

And there we see a thousand men, as rich as Squire David; and what they wasted ev’ry day, I wish it could be saved. Yankee Doodle keep it up, Yankee Doodle dandy, mind the music and the step, and with the girls be handy.

The Star-Spangled Banner

O say, can you see by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stipend and bright stars Thru the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched, we’re so gallantly streaming? And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof thru 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?

The flag in particular Francis Scott Key wrote about, that flew over Fort McHenry, can be seen in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. It was 32 feet long and 27 feet wide, replete with 11 gun holes.

America

My country, ’tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my father’s died! Land of the Pilgrim’s pride! From ev’ry mountain side, Let freedom ring!

Our fathers’ God, to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing, Long may our land be bright, With freedom’s holy light; Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King!

America the Beautiful

O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majestic Above the fruited plain. America! America! God she’d his grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea.

God Bless America

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 valleys, to the oceans, white with foam, God bless America, my home sweet home. God bless America, my home sweet home.

Unable to Let Go

My ex-neighbor’s house was foreclosed on and thr bank took possession of it October 10, last month. Sins then, my ex-neighbor has slandered the bank and told whoever would listen what crooks they are. Many felt sorry for her and helped her move out. And it has now taken her over a month to move out. If I am not mistaken, when foreclosed on, all thr furnishings and everything in the house except personal affects belongs to the bank to get their money back. But she has systematically stripped that house and is still over there right now as we speak. She took down the “No Tresspassing” sign that was in the window. I have not called the authorities because I was raised that people always reap what they sow.

However, the study is poignant. Sometimes people are in the wrong and they still just will not let go. My ex-neighbor is doing that with a house she lived in for free for over a year. I have had friends not let go of a bad relationship for years without n putting much effort into it throughout. I have seen it of countrymen who whine about the state of the politicians and fake news and never bother to write and demand our constitutional rights or even vote. These people whine and moan about being victim but never take responsibility and yet stay in this trainwreck. It is like they enjoy being miserable as long as they can blame others for their misery and remain lazy.

This is not life. It is a slow form of death. Life is taking responsibility for our own actions, being saved by the grace of God through Jesus Christ, knowingly being active participants in any situation we find ourselves. Being unable to let go shackles you and letting go and taking responsibility frees you. Life and freedom are way better. I choose those.❤

Independence Day!!

I have had about a hundred blessing of a Happy 4th of July and about 1 wish for a happy Independence Day. Maybe that is regional and I hope that is the case. I just wanted to review some history for those who do not know anything of why except that it is our country’s birthday and a party day with fireworks and picnics and family and off work.

Long ago, some Puritans came over to America, which was originally explored for reasons more of greed, so failed. All early colonization based on nefarious reasons failed. When the Puritans came over, they drafted our earliest constitution (called the Mayflower Compact) and planned a government based upon Judeo – Christian values and principles. See, they were escaping tyrant and dictators who took their freedom, specifically freedom to worship God their way, and they were leaving to establish a colony in America where they could live free and live the way they felt God wanted them to. And this constitution stuck and became our building block for what we have now. And God blessed the values they landed here for. This is why God blessed America and why colonization worked this time.

Now liberals/socialists love to focus on some mistakes that were made and deligitimize aspects of the birth of our nation. They are idiots. Many mistakes are made along the lines of any enormous endeavor but the United States of America was always blessed by God when Judeo – Christian values were adopted and followed. Sure, greed entered in several times, now even in politics and other places, but when Judeo – Christian values are followed and Christians pray and have that special relationship with God, He blesses again and things get better. When we follow Him, He always blesses.

And July 4, 1776, the founders, who followed Judeo – Christian values firmly, signed the Declaration of Independence from authoritarian and oppressive rule. Our country, based on Judeo – Christian values and freedom to follow them, was born. And that, my friends, is decidedly worth celebrating! 😄 ❤ 🎆🎉

Not Free but Free After All

Certain non-physical circumstances in my life provide me to not be completely free. I cannot make all my own decisions, cannot freely do what I want, go where I want, spend what I want. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a prisoner but I am not free either. It is how it is. I am thankful because it n keeps me humble and close to and trusting in God more. But it turns out that no matter what limitations you have, we are all truly free after all to do everything God expects of us. We can all humbly pray. Every one of us can pray as much as we want because God hears our heart prayers, they do not have to be audible. In fact, if everyone started praying, revival would happen immediately and life would change for the better. But more than just praying, we can all be fruitful spiritually, showing and sharing live, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. Everyone can smile and encourage people, share truth. So despite any challenges that limit our freedom, we are free after all in Christ and we can pray, read our Bible, teach our kids about God, help and contribute and be lights in the world. This is the beautiful freedom we have b in Christ and I really really dig that.😄❤

Pardon Me, Your Addiction is Showing

What is seriously odd about an addict is that they are the only one around them that realizes/ admits they have an addiction. Everyone around them already knows and either is playing along or gives them hell about it or anything in between. For instance, porn addicts leave trails of debris in their histories or how many visits on the cloud or Internet. Also, PIED is a pretty obvious indicator. And who really plays games that much, yes you are not fooling anyone but you. We are actually intelligent- surprise! Everyone knows. This is just one example.

Addicts think they are so smart because they have made a career or lying about it and covering for so long. It is obvious to those of us who have recovered from delusions and are reading truth/thr Bible every day. Does that make us better? Uh, no. We are not delusional. Just makes us aware. I believe people should realize that they are making a choice. Everyone knows. There is no secret or fantasy world that is successful to hide in. Just know that it is a choice to continue in an addiction and help is available all over the place, first in truth and then a million other places nowadays. Getting help is a choice. Hope is there always, the starting point to freedom is admitting what everyone else close to you already knows. No one is fooled. Time to admit it and stop the lie cycle. Hope is everywhere. Just say what we all know and seek truth and help. Those you love want you to get help and be free from that bondage. We already forgave you or would be gone. Forgiveness is prevalent with us and with God, and forgiving yourself is next to freedom. How amazing freedom is. Hope is there. Hope is everywhere.❤