God Bless America lyrics touch the hearts of all patriotic Americans. The original version was written by Irving Berlin in 1918.
God Bless America
Jerianne Van Dijk
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.
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 oceans white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.
Fun Facts about God Bless America
Here are a few fun facts about God Bless America.
Irving Berlin was an immigrant from Siberia. He came to America when he was only five years old.
Berlin wrote the original version of the song for his "Yip, Yip, Yaphank" military revue, while serving in the U.S. Army at Camp Upton in Yaphank, NY.
Irving Berlin re-wrote some of the lyrics and re-released his song as a peace song in 1938, as war was on the horizon.
Kate Smith sang the new version on her Armistice Day radio broadcast in 1938 (listen to that original broadcast on the youtube video below).
Berlin established a fund benefiting the Boy and Girl Scouts of America with royalties from the song.
Irving Berlin lived to be 101 years old. He died in 1989.
In 1940, the song was adopted by the Republican and Democratic parties as their theme song.
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