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GUEST,Sonja Help: American patriotic songs (51* d) RE: Help: American patriotic songs 07 Jul 02

My favorite is the one sung to Sibelius's "Finlandia," which, I think, goes by various titles. "A Song Of Peace" is one title. It's in the DT under the title "Finlandia," but I think that is a misleading title. (Sibelius wrote the music but had nothing to do with the words. The words were written by an American, I think--at any rate, not written about Finland. I'm told that Sibelius was rather chauvinistic about Finland and would not have embraced the lyrics.) There is also a third verse (maybe a different lyricist) that's to do with God and is found in Baptist and Methodist hymnals, etc.)

Also, the US patriotic song "America" has lyrics that could be sung by a patriot in any (democratic) country (and a tune borrowed/stolen from Britain's "God Save the King/Queen). The only line that's sort of linked to the US is " of the pilgrims' pride...," but we're not the only country that ever had pilgrims. (Didn't Chaucer write about them?)


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