My Beautiful America

Aug 8 | Posted by: Charlie | Tags: America

This piece has been posted before, but Charlie used it in a speech yesterday in Nashville and wanted to use it as today's soapbox. A recorded version of this recitation is also available on the CDB albums, Freedom and Justice For All and Land That I Love.

My Beautiful America

Have you ever spent the late afternoon,
Watching the purple shadows deepen in the Arizona desert?
Or seen a herd of Elk plough their way
Through waist deep snow on a cold Colorado dawn?
Did you ever see the sun go down in Hawaii,
Or seen the stormy waves break over the rockbound coast of Maine
Or have you ever see an eagle fly up out of the mists of Alaska,
Or a big October moon hanging full over the still Dakota badlands?

Have you ever tasted the gumbo in New Orleans, barbecue in Carolina,
Or the chicken wings in Buffalo?
Have you ever had Brunswick stew in Macon, or cornbread in Birmingham,
Or briskets slow cook over hill country mesquite wood?

Did you ever drink the water from a gurgling branch in Utah,
Or stand on the mountain above El Paso Del Norte
And see the lights twinkling clear over into Mexico?
Did you ever jingle horses in the pre dawn stillness of a perfect Texas day
And watch their shod hooves kicking up sparks on the volcanic rock?

Or tended a trot line on a foggy Carolina morning,
Or heard the distant love song of a lovesick whippoorwill
On a pristine Tennessee late night?
Have you seen the faces on Mount Rushmore or stood at the Vietnam monument?

Have you ever crossed the mighty Mississippi,
Or been to the Daddy of ‘Em All in Cheyenne, Wyoming
Or seen the mighty Vols run out on the football field on a chilly autumn afternoon?

Did you ever see the Chicago skyline from Lakeshore Drive at night
Or the New England foliage in the fall,
Or the summer beauty of the Shenandoah valley,
Or Indiana covered with new snow?

Did you ever seen a herd of wild horses running free
Across the empty spaces of Nevada,
Or caught a walleyed pike out of a cold Wisconsin stream,
Or marveled at the tall ships docked in the harbor at Baltimore?

Did you ever see the early morning dew sparkling on the bluegrass,
Or the wind stir the wheat fields on a hot Kansas afternoon,
Or driven the lonely stretches of old Route 66?
Have you ever heard the church bells peal their call to worship
On an early Sunday, in some small town in the Deep South?

Or passed through the Redwood Forest just as the sun was going down?
Have you ever been to Boise or Baxley or Beaufort or Billings?
Have you ever passed through Sanford or Suffolk or San Angelo?
Have you ever seen the falls at Niagara,
The Ice Palace in Saint Paul,
Or the Gateway to the West?

This then is America!
The land God blesses with everything
And no Eiffel Tower: no Taj Mahal,
No Alps, No Andes
No native hut, nor royal palace
Can rival her awesome beauty,
Her diverse population, her monolithic majesty.
America the Free
America the mighty
America the beautiful

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
And to the republic for which it stands
One nation, under God, indivisible
with liberty and justice for all.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, and for the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

Mr T-Rex, I know your intentions were good, but in the same spirit of correction, leberty is spelled liberty. Francis Bellamy, who wrote the original pledge back in the late eighteen hundreds, had a comma inserted. As my daddy always told me, people in a glass house should not throw stones!

Great post but I need to correct you on the "Pledge". "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. And to the republic for which it stands, One nation under God, indivisible with leberty and justice for all. There is no comma or pause between natio and under God. It was recited at the national NRA meeting and my wife and recited it without the pause. A school teacher in front of me heard us and commented that we had recited it correctly.


My America!! The beauty of beauties! I don't care if I ever see another country . . . this one is all I need. Thank you, Charlie. May God continue to choose to bless us.

Me thinks it don't get any better than those words of yours Charlie. God Bless, you and Hazel have yourselves a bodacious weekend. Plowboy

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