Patriotic Music: God Bless America

America is a tune. It must be sung together. ~Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds

God Bless America

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer:

God Bless America
Land that I love
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above

From the mountains, to the prairies
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America
My home, sweet home

God bless America
My home, sweet home

About This Music

American heroes "God Bless America" is an American patriotic song originally written by Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. It is sometimes considered an unofficial national anthem of the United States. It also served as the inspiration for another anthem, Woodie Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land", which was written in response to it.

"God Bless America" is similar in format and lyrics to many other contemporary national anthems, and is popular as a "modern" national anthem because of its memorable words and tune, as opposed to the rather complex music and abstract (and war-oriented) lyrics of The Star-Spangled Banner.[citation needed] It seems evident from the chorus, and is clear from the full lyrics, that Berlin's song is in the form of a prayer for God's blessing and peace for the nation ("...stand beside her and guide her through the night...").