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.

Listening to Good Songs

We become what we listen to. This is why lyrics are important. What we feed our brain is what we end up like. Feed the brain good words, we are good. Truth in, truth out. Lies and corruption in, lies and corruption out. Bad words turns people bad. Good songs produce good people and bad songs produce bad people. There are exceptions but they are few. So my rule with myself and my kids is Christian songs only and Bible reading every day. Seems harsh? Think about it. If I feed my impressionable children’s brain sex and sleeping around and throwing people away and selfish things like “getting mine” and gotta have this or that, will that not impress the wrong ideals on their minds and encourage them to develop a strong lack of moral character? I think so. If I feed them truth, won’t they be more likely to embed that into a strong moral character and know the truth and discern lies when they see them? I think so too. So, have a wonderful day listening to some good songs with truth lyrics!❤

Hope

“Hope.

We don’t hear much about it in this world.

But it’s there. Praise God it’s there.

Love.

We can’t live without it.

But it’s there, praise God it’s there.

In this dark world, there is a Light

Shining out of darkness, so bright.

All we must do to gain that light

Is call out to Jesus tonight.

Hope.

We don’t hear much about it in this world

But it’s there, praise God it’s there.

Love.

We can’t live without it.

But it’s there, praise God it’s there.”❤

Sing Him a Love Song

“Sing Him a love song that He wrote for us to sing.

Sing Him His love song again.

Tell of the sweet story of the Christ who came to save us.

Sing Him the love song again.

Once there was a blind man and another deaf and dumb.

Jesus came to them and said “Your faith has made you whole.”

Then the men started singing a love song back to Him.

Sing Him a love song that He wrote for us to sing.

Sing Him His love song again.

Tell of the sweet story of the Christ who came to save us.

Sing Him a love song again.

Then there were ten lepers, he had compassion on them.

Nine of them just walked away, only one came back to him.

He rejoiced and to this day he sings love songs now in heaven.

Sing Him a love song that He wrote for us to sing.

You have to sing Him His love song again.

Tell of the sweet story of the Christ who came to save us.

Sing Him the love song again.”

Oh the Love of God

“There’s a wideness if God’s mercy

I cannot find in my own.

And it keeps the fire burning

To melt this heart of stone.

Keeps me aching with the yearning,

Keeps me glad to have been caught

In the reckless, raging fury

That they call the love of God.

Oh, the love of God.

Oh, the love of God,

The love of God!

Now, I’ve seen no band of angels

But I’ve heard the soldiers’ song.

Love hangs over them like a banner,

Love within them leads them on

To the battle in the journey

And they’re never going to stop

Ever widening their mercy

And the fury of His love.

Oh, the love of God.

Oh, the love of God, the love of God!

Joy and sorrow are this ocean

And in their every ebb and flow

Now, the Lord, a door has opened

That all hell can never close.

Hero tested and made worthy,

Tossed about but lifted up

In the reckless, raging mercy

And the fury of His love.

Oh, the love of God.

Oh, the love of God, the love of God.”

~Rich Mullins❤