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"America" Lyrics, Text Format

Practicing syncopation and breath control with an old melody which builds slowly before stepping between the dominate (So) to the tonic (Do) using a variety of rhythms.



  • Grade: Third
  • Origin: melody: England, same tune as “God Save the Queen” lyrics: USA, Samuel F Smith 1832
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: staves: ACBD – song: AB
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta ta | ta/ ti ta | syncopation, | ta/a/a | ta ti ti ti ti | ti ti ta ta |
  • Pitches: intermediate: Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La
  • Intervals: intermediate: Re\Ti, Do/So, Do/Mi, La\Fa
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; syncopation, vocal slur
  • Key Words: early national anthem of the USA, USA history, country, liberty, fathers, Pilgrims, pride, mountainside, freedom, native, noble, rills, rapture, thrills, swell, breeze, tongues, awake, breathe, partake, prolong, God, Thee, author, bright, holy, protect, might, King, American independence; contraction: ’tis (it is); abbreviation: ev’ry (every); possessives: pilgrim’s, freedom’s, fathers’

Also known as “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” “America” along with”Hail, Columbia” served as one of the early national anthems of the United States of America, before the adoption of “The Star Spangled Banner” in 1931. (also in 3/4 time)

(“My Country ‘Tis of Thee”)

My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the Pilgrims’ pride,
From ev’ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!


My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.


Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.


Our fathers’ God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.

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"America" Music Format
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pitch numbers
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letter names
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