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GUEST,Phil d'Conch Lyr Add: We Are Americans Too (8) RE: Lyr Add: We Are Americans Too 20 Jul 21


Found the '44 W.C. Handy lyrics and they are identical to the Nat King Cole version above, even the “Rhine” line. The previously mentioned additional lyrics were from an eight verse, spoken word “recitation” or preamble credited to Razaf alone:

(1)
At Valley Forge, men must admit
With Washington we did our bit.
In Eighteen-Twelve, we did our share
With Andrew Jackson we were there.

(2)
Again, in Eighteen-Sixty-Five
We helped the nation to survive
Tho Lincoln said, “All should be free”
We helped to earn our liberty.

(3)
In Eighteen-Ninety-Eight we still
Had work to do at San Juan Hill.
We more than made our presence felt
To dear old Teddy Roosevelt.

(4)
And then came Nineteen-Seventeen
Again they saw us on the scene,
Among the first to cross the sea
To battle for democracy.

(5)
We love the soul and heart of it
Our country, which, to us, is best
And that means every part of it
The North, the South, the East, and West.

(6)
At home there is no place for hate
Division is disloyalty,
All that we have, we dedicate
To unity and harmony.

(7)
When given any kind of chance
We've made the grade and shown advance
In business, science, letters, art
We've played a most surprising part.

(8)
In ring, on cinder track and field
True sportsmanship we have revealed
And for all opportunity
We're grateful to democracy.


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