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Birth of a Nation

Birth of a Nation

by Anne G




blood runs red


soul pure white


heart true blue

Three cheers for you

Red White and Blue

For on this day

July the fourth

Upon this land

Freedom was born

Your name

US of A

The year



“This Is My Country” is an American patriotic song composed in 1940. The lyrics are by Don Raye and the music is by Al Jacobs.

The folk song begins slowly, opening with:

What difference if I hail from North or South
Or from the East or West?
My heart is filled with love
For all of these.
I only know I swell with pride
And deep within my breast
I thrill to see Old Glory
Paint the breeze.
It then swings into a march tempo for the verse.

The song is made notable by the fact that it honors both native-born Americans and immigrants. The first verse reads:

This is my country
Land of my birth
This is my country
Grandest on Earth
While the second verse (sung on a repeat, as the introduction is not repeated) instead reads:

This is my country
Land of my choice
This is my country
Hear my proud voice.
Both versions join together at the ending:

I pledge thee my allegiance
America the bold
For this is my country
To have and to hold

Remember the Fourth!

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