"American Anthem" : Song From Ken Burns' PBS-TV Documentary, "The War" (Sung By Norah Jones).

Discussion in 'Other US Patriotic Songs' started by Robin Hickman, May 4, 2009.

  1. Robin Hickman

    Robin Hickman Well-Known Member

    GREETINGS !!!

    The seven (7) episodes of Ken Burns' World War II documentary, "The War", aired on PBS television stations across the USA between September 23rd and October 2nd, 2007.

    Almost all of the songs used in the film were of "the period". That is to say, they were of the day & age (contemporary to) of "The War". One of them, however, was not.

    That song was, "American Anthem".

    The words & music of "American Anthem" were written by Gene Scheer and it was sung by Norah Jones.

    Below are two links to videos of "American Anthem", and a copy of the lyrics. One of the videos is on MSN.com, and it is preceded by a 30 second commercial. The second is on YouTube, and it was put together as a Veterans' Day Tribute. Below the two video links are the Lyrics to "American Anthem".

    MSN.com Video : "American Anthem" by Norah Jones (4:54) [Video is preceded by a 30 second commercial]
    http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&fg=rss&vid=94c8e8a0-cb56-4cbb-ba48-c1a54cf01f63&from=05


    YouTube.com Video : Veterans' Day Tribute , "American Anthem" by Norah Jones (4:58)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B81kW814qA


    "American Anthem"
    { Music & Lyrics By GENE SCHEER }

    All we've been given by those who came before
    The dream of a nation where freedom would endure
    The work and prayers of centuries have brought us to this day
    What shall be our legacy? What will our children say?


    Let them say of me I was one who believed
    In sharing the blessings I received.
    Let me know in my heart when my days are through
    America, America, I gave my best to you.


    Each generation from the plains to distant shore
    With the gifts they were given were determined to leave more.
    Battles fought together, acts of conscience fought alone:
    These are the seeds from which America has grown.


    Let them say of me I was one who believed
    In sharing the blessings that I received.
    Let me know in my heart when my days are through
    America, America, I gave my best to you.


    [ Short Instrumental Break ]

    For those who think they have nothing to share,
    Who fear in their hearts there is no hero there.
    Know each quiet act of dignity is that which fortifies
    The soul of a nation that will never die.


    Let them say of me I was one who believed
    In sharing the blessings I received.
    Let me know in my heart when my days are through
    America, America, I gave my best to you.


    America, [America] I gave my best to you.


    I guess my work here is done. It's late and I'm tired. So Good Night or Good Morning, whatever the case may be !!!


    Robin Hickman
     
  2. Robin Hickman

    Robin Hickman Well-Known Member

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    I just wanted to "bump" this thread to the "head of the line" in honor of this year's VETERANS' DAY !!! :D



    To ALL who have served and to ALL of those who are currently serving I offer my humble gratitude and a heartfelt THANK YOU !!! :D



    Robin "Just Another Viet Nam Veteran Reporting For Duty" Hickman :cool:
    United States Navy (1970-1974)
    Electronics Technician
    U. S. Naval Facility, San Nicolas Island;
    U.S.S. Orleck DD-886 (The Gray Ghost Of The Viet Nam Coast)
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