Song of the Day: Timothy Miller, “God Bless America”

To all my fellow Americans, Happy Independence Day, and to everyone else, Happy Fourth of July! Jim prompted us with "American music," by which he meant "music performed by an American artist." Well, I have a song written by an American (naturalized), performed by an American, performed at a baseball game, which is the Great American Pastime.

"God Bless America" was written by Irving Berlin, who was born Israel Beilin in the town of Tolochin in the Russian Empire in 1888, and moved to the United States when he was 5. He wrote an estimated 1,500 songs in his 60+ year career, many of which are in the Great American Songbook. One of those songs is "God Bless America," written in 1918. Kate Smith’s version is probably best known.

However, I’m going to use Timothy Miller’s version. About six years ago, Timothy started singing "God Bless America" at Atlanta Braves baseball games on Sundays and other special holidays. He’s an operatic tenor who works with the Atlanta Opera, is a voice professor at Morehouse College (one of the Historcally Black Colleges and Universities), and an all-around good guy. This is from the July 4, 2015 game between the Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies, won by the Braves 9-5.

The lyrics, from Lyrics.com:

God bless America
Land that I love
Stand beside her
And guide her
Through the night with the 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

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for July 4, 2021.

16 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Timothy Miller, “God Bless America”

  1. Dear John,

    Hello! May you celebrate the day with glee to your heart’s content. Moreover, please let me leave you with something positive for the start of the second half of 2021 as follows:

    Happy Sunday!
    Happy July!
    Happy Independence Day!
    Happy Summertime!

    In SUMMER the song sings itself

    ― William Carlos Williams

    Yours sincerely,
    SoundEagle

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    1. Where Kate Smith’s is like a victory march, Timothy’s is more of a hymn. It would actually make a good replacement for the Star-Spangled Banner, not that we’d want to do that…

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      1. Yeah, the fascist socialist atheists would never go for an opening line of “God Bless America.” The Star Spangled doesn’t mention God until the last verse, I don’t think… 🙂

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