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America, The Beautiful!

12 September 2009



Soon we’ll hear David Archuleta’s version of the classic American song, “America, The Beautiful.” David will sing before the Men’s Women’s Singles Final on September 13 at the U.S. Open in New York. UPDATE: Watch for David tonight at 9 ET probably on ESPN2.

Here listed in the “age before beauty” order, are three renditions of “America, The Beautiful.”

Let’s hear Ray Charles’ soulful version:

Elvis Presley recorded this on December 13, 1975 in Las Vegas:

Beyonce at President Obama’s inauguration on January 20, 2008:

Words by Katharine Lee Bates and music composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward.


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, impassioned 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!

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  • 3cota | 1 | 12th September 2009 at 3:38 pm |

    I am so happy to hear this! We’ll have something to help us through till 13 October. David is so busy, isn’t he? And out of all the people that have sung this song David will shine above. I know it.

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