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"America the Beautiful," Lyrics, Text Format

Tune begins centered around the second pitch of the scale Re; note the accidental leading tone B natural (Di), with beginners syncopation and advanced intervals.


  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: words: Katherine Lee Bates – music: Samuel A Ward
  • Key: B flat Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: through composed
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta/ ti ta ta | syncopation,
    | ta ta ta ta | ta/a/a ta |
  • Pitches: intermediate: Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do Di Re Mi – natural tonic (Di)
  • Intervals: advanced: So\Mi/So, So\Re, Ti\So, Re/Re ascending octave skip, Re\Di, Mi\La, La/Re8, Re\So, So/Mi8, Re\Ti, So/Do, Do\La/Do, Do\So
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, natural sign, raised Do (natural Di), syncopation, octave skip
  • Key Words: USA patriotic song, July 4th, Independence Day, sacred, beautiful, spacious, amber, majesties, fruited plain, shed, grace, thee, crown, brotherhood, pilgrim, whose, stern, impassioned, stress, thoroughfare, freedom, wilderness, mend, flaw, confirm, soul, self-control, liberty, law, heroes, prove, liberating, strife, mercy, success, nobleness, divine, patriot, dream, beyond, thine, alabaster, gleam, undimmed, human, crown; abbreviation: ev’ry (every)

“America the Beautiful” 
1. Oh, beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America, America,
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea!
Oh, beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern, impassioned stress,
A thoroughfare for freedom beat,
Across the wilderness!
America, America,
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.
3. Oh, beautiful for heroes prove,
Of liberating strife,
Who more then self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America, America,
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine.
4. Oh, beautiful for patriot dream,
That sees beyond the years,
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears.
America, America,
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea!
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