• The melody is the British National Anthem ,”God Save the King” (or Queen). 
  • It was sometimes used as the United States national anthem before the “Star Spangled Banner” became the official U.S. National Anthem. 
  • The lyrics were written by Samuel Francis Smith 
  • The author of the music is unknown even though many music scholars have found several pieces by known composers that have some similarities to “America”.
  • Below are several verses.  On the left are the original lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith 
  • On the right are number of verses by other authors. 
  • You can find more by browsing the web.

My country, 'tis of Thee,
Sweet Land of Liberty
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From every mountain side
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.

Our glorious Land to-day,
'Neath Education's sway,
Soars upward still.
Its hills of learning fair,
Whose bounties all may share,
behold them everywhere
On vale and hill!

Thy safeguard, Liberty,
The school shall ever be,
Our Nation's pride!
No tyrant hand shall smite,
While with encircling might
All here are taught the Right
With Truth allied.

Beneath Heaven's gracious will
The stars of progress still
Our course do sway;
In unity sublime
To broader heights we climb,
Triumphant over Time,
God speeds our way!

Grand birthright of our sires,
Our altars and our fires
Keep we still pure!
Our starry flag unfurled,
The hope of all the world,
In peace and light impearled,
God hold secure!


  • Be aware of the time signature changes:
  • 4/4 at the beginning then
  • 3/4 at measure 4 then
  • 4/4 at measure 15


[Free Band Music]
[America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)]
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