Posted on 07.04.2019

My Beautiful America - Independence Day 2019


*NOTE* It's been the CDB tradition for the last several years to share Charlie's poem - later recorded as a spoken word song - "My Beautiful America" for our July 4th soapbox. So this soapbox will carry us through until July 12 when we Charlie will be back with a new one. Happy Independence Day, America! - TeamCDB/BW


As America celebrates her 243rd birthday, it's hard not to become fixated on the numerous and critical challenges we face.

But just for today, lets concentrate on the challenges we have faced, the social and fiscal mountains we've conquered, the wars we've won, the diseases we've eradicated, the technological wonders we've created, the people we've freed, space exploration, wonder drugs, subsonic flight and the list goes on and on.

America - despite her warts and wrinkles - is still by far the greatest nation the world has ever known, the only remaining Superpower and still the hope of free people everywhere.

With the help of God, and only with the help of God, we will get over this rough patch.

I pray for America every day.

The following is how I see "My Beautiful America."

Happy Fourth of July, my fellow Americans.

— Charlie Daniels


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 plow 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 trotline 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, our police and for the peace of Jersualem.

God Bless America

— Charlie Daniels


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Thank you!
As a US Service member, I want to thank you for all you do to support us and the United States in whole. It was my pleasure to provide security at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait when you and your band provided entertainment and a night of R&R to get out of the zone... Thank you Charlie for being there for us all... US Navy Chief, Retired. Clif Clark
Posted by Clif
Amen & Amen
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Posted by Steve
God Bless America
Amen, Amen & Amen Charlie, everytime I read this piece, in my memory I vividly see, smell and taste most of the places that you speak of. America is the greatest nation ever, no question about it sir. I for one believe that it is solely because we are a Christian nation and our forefathers knew the importance of freedom and the necessity of the second amendment. we must never forget there is no such thing as FREE, someone, somewhere, is paying the bill be it the soldier who laid down his life or the working man paying taxes that are used to support sanctuary cities and deadbeats that father children but do not man up to raising and providing for them.....nuff said God Bless Plowboy
Posted by Plowboy
Thank you, we are blessed
I am so thankful and blessed that Charlie Daniels is in my life time. I appreciate and agree with your views and I love your music. I truly think you are a gift from God. Thank you for speaking out for America.
Posted by Angela
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Posted by Jim
Thank You
I just want to thank you for being you. I have been listening to you for quite a while now and so do my children and their children. You have my upmost respect in everything you do. You tell it the way it is. You do not cover it up with sweet misleadings. Like you, I remember how we all learned and studied in class about the past here in American and oversees. The way the world is today really scares me for my kids and grandkids. They'll never know what it is like to grow up walking roads in the dark, playing outside after dark, not having to worry about someone snatching your kid, riding bikes without helmets, etc. They'll probably never know the worldly things we learned in school. There is so much I could say here but need to stop now. But again, thank you for being you and being true to yourself. You encouraged me when I was young and still encourage me.
Posted by Wanda
The Moon Landing
And let's not forget, 50 years ago on the twentieth of this month. Yes, that was America ! -- Tru Cola
Posted by Tru
Schmuck schumer
Thank you Mr. Daniels for writing what so many Americans are thinking! This man gives the Democrats a bad name. Yet, how do people like him get elected? I pray for term limits! ...but mostly the end of his term.
Posted by Paige
Thank you Charlie.
I have been a fan for 40 some years. But it wasn't till recently I truly heard it. I am amazed at the man's compassion, depth, and patriotism. Thank you Charlie for showing me the America that I had forgotten existed.
Posted by Mike
My Beatiful America
I can't ever listen to this essay without getting all choked up -powerful stuff ! As a former OTR truck driver, I have been fortunate enough to see much of our beautiful country. I am thankful to God to be a lifelong American.
Posted by Pete