America (revised song lyrics)

(Lyrics originally by Samuel F. Smith; revised by Brian Faulkner)

My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers’ pride,
Unbound in open stride,
From every mountainside
Made freedom ring.

My sovereign country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love.
I love thy cities strong,
Bright strings of lights among;
High towers rise in silent song
Through clouds above.

Now music proves the soul
Of manhood’s self-control—-
His reason’s might.
Now all our hearts abound,
Each one partakes the sound,
Stands rightfully upon the ground
With fearless sight.

My Fathers’ life, to thee,
Rational Liberty,
To thee I sing.
Long shall my land be bright
With freedom’s honest light;
I guard thee day and night
In every thing.

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