30 thoughts on “Do YOU Know the Second Verse? I Didn’t

  1. I had seen this a couple of years ago….Thanks foe putting it up …I’ve been looking for this.

    And no … until I heard this I hadn’t remembered this verse !! … They’ve been working to undermine for a Very long time HUH ?!

      • By letting a woman write it:

        America, The Beautiful Lyrics
        by Katharine 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
        From sea to shining sea!

        O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
        Whose stern impassion’d stress
        A thoroughfare for freedom beat
        Across the wilderness!
        America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
        Confirm thy soul in self-control,
        Thy liberty in law!

        O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
        Who more than self their country loved,
        And mercy more than life!
        America! America! May God thy gold refine
        Till all success be nobleness,
        And ev’ry gain divine!

        O Beautiful for patriot dream
        That sees beyond the years
        Thine alabaster cities gleam,
        Undimmed by human tears!
        America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
        And crown thy good with brotherhood
        From sea to shining sea!

        • I counter you with:

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

          On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
          Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
          What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
          As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
          Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
          In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
          ‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
          O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

          And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
          That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
          A home and a country, should leave us no more?
          Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
          No refuge could save the hireling and slave
          From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
          And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
          O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

          O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
          Between their loved home and the war’s desolation.
          Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
          Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
          Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
          And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
          And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
          O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

          • B., surely you must admit it is an awkward song to sing. Nothing against ole Francis, but he didn’t have the vocalist in mind whilst composing. I think I should do a vlog and sing the first verse of both numbers to demonstrate my point……

              • It is more than asthetics! As you can plainly see, the lyrics to America the Beautiful are just as patriotic! So everyone may thumbs down me all they please, and I will happily demonstrate my point! But……..will you? Better question: Can you?

                • Can I? Ah, yeah! I posted the original poem that became our national anthem, which heralds the struggle we had to go through to win and keep our liberty. ( Duh! )

                  You posted a very pretty piece that reflects backward on what was already won.

                • B., I was talking about SINGING it! I can post lyrics just as well as you can (poo-poo-pee-doo). The point I was trying to make is that the lyrics and the music are a bit difficult for your average “Joe”.

              • Joe said…
                ” I posted the original poem that became our national anthem, which heralds the struggle we had to go through to win and keep our liberty.

                You posted a very pretty piece that reflects backward on what was already won.”

                That is very succinctly put Joe … it captures the essence of the Songs and the situation completely”.

                I remember as a Kid growing up we could all sing …The Anthem ( minus the Progressively clipped 4th verse ), The battle Hymn of the Republic, America the Beautiful and My country Tis of Thee ( yes I know the Tunes origin in England but the words being American). And everyone would enthusiastically join in….even through Junior High School.

                I miss that …. a lot.

                • Don,

                  We can’t have that: it builds national pride and a sense of national unity. Lenin/Dewey said that’s a no-no…if you’re going to tear down our society, that is. ;-)

                  I enjoyed assembly day, myself. Thanks for the memories :-)

            • Sorry Kells, the second verse is better than the first verse.

              I vote for the “the star spangled banner”

              Besides, there is something about it that the Marxists just can’t seem to remember how to sing and therefor have to lip sink it.

              I like having another way to ID the Marxists. :-)

                • Kells,

                  No, they are lazy and, therefore, ignorant. And you advocating a new anthem because it is easier to remember is to make them comfortable in their lazy ignorance.

                  And THAT, dearie, is “Progressive” ;-)

                  (That SNAP you just heard was you walking into that one.)

                • No, DEARIE, I am advocating a new anthem because it is easier on the voice and just as patriotic and beautiful. But what the hello does a music major (opera performance) know about things of that nature, right? As I stated earlier, I shall happily give you a comparison. Obviously, it is highly unlikely that you won’t because you are too lazy.

                  Two words: Bring it.

                  (That was the crackle and pop you just heard.)

                • You are obviously too lazy and afraid to do a vlog of you singing both numbers to prove that I am right……..cause I am. And you know damn well that I’m not a progressive. So you know what, B.? You can kiss my ever-lovin- diggin-Bates’- version- sweet-singin a**!

                  • You’re still pushing the entertainment and easy of singing value over the substance and historical value.

                    And I know darn well I can’t carry a tune in a bucket — with a lid — and a lock — in a wheelbarrow — with 4 wheels.

                    But then, you have a hard time carrying a thought past….

                    Oops, see, there you go again: losing your tra—

                    Kells, if you can’t get past this, we’ll nev—

                    I give up. Red hair, blond roots :-)

                • You shall pay for you insolence, B.! I shall ask Mr. Kells to record me to prove that what I say is the truth. If he agrees, I’ll do the first verse of both songs in an operatic then a country version.Then I shall do a version of what I hear at ballgames…..

                  I was always fond of the song, You’re a Grand Old Flag! I’m sure nobody recalls that…..

                • I consider myself a violin. Violin, fiddle……do you know what the difference is? I shall tell you, you silly oaf! It is the musician!

                  I shall once again repeat my argument that the National Anthem is a very difficult song to execute (when done correctly, and with the right lyrics.) But I believe your deaf and dumb self needs a nudge in order to understand that that is typically NOT the case!

              • Texas … do you mean the 2nd Verse which starts..”On the shore dimly seen..”

                Or the 4th verse which begins… “.Thus be it ever..”

                Doesn’t matter…I gree with both you and Joe…was just wondering which verse you meant ?

  2. “The Thrill Is Gone”

    The thrill is gone
    The thrill is gone away
    The thrill is gone baby
    The thrill is gone away
    You know you done me wrong baby
    And you’ll be sorry someday

    The thrill is gone
    It’s gone away from me
    The thrill is gone baby
    The thrill is gone away from me
    Although, I’ll still live on
    But so lonely I’ll be

    The thrill is gone
    It’s gone away for good
    The thrill is gone baby
    It’s gone away for good
    Someday I know I’ll be open armed baby
    Just like I know a good man should

    You know I’m free, free now baby
    I’m free from your spell
    Oh I’m free, free, free now
    I’m free from your spell
    And now that it’s all over
    All I can do is wish you well

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