Fourth of July: Patriotic, Country and Popular Songs

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The Fourth of July is here. The time of year when we celebrate America's independence by dancing with sparklers, having barbecues, and inviting people from neighbors and friends to join you. 

This is the time of year we also get out our patriotic music, dust off our old CD's , crank up the stereo or cue up the Ipod to listen to songs about the good ol' US of A. Some of us might enjoy  listening to the National Anthem, probably sung by Whitney Houston,  but for those who believe "The Star Spangled Banner" is simply not enough, the following is a list of best Fourth of July songs, songs that just might light your fire cracker. 

 Patriotic Favorites:

1.
Grand Old Flag by George M Cohan

2. Yankee Doodle Dandy

3. The Star-Spangled Banner by John Stafford Smith

4. The Battle Hymn of the Republic by William Steffe

5. God Bless America by Irving Berlin

6. This Land is Your Land by Woodie Guthrie

7. America the Beautiful by Samuel Augustus Ward

8. This is My Country by Don Raye and Al Jacobs

9. God Bless the USA  by Lee Greenwood

10. My Country 'Tis of Thee

Country Favorites:

1. Our Country by John Mellencamp

2. Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen

3. R.O.C.K. In The USA by John Mellencamp

4. Living In America by James Brown

5. America by Neil Diamond

6. Pink Houses by  John Mellencamp

7. Back In The USA by Chuck Berry

8. Have You Forgotten by Darryl Worley

9. Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash

10. America Will Survive by Hank Williams Jr.

 Songs Enjoyed Around the Barbecue:

1. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

2. American Woman by the Guess Who

3. American Girl by Tom Petty

4. Free Fallin' by Tom Petty

5. American by Don McLean

6. The Star-Spangled Banner by Jimi Hendrix

7. American the Beautiful by Ray Charles

8. Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival

9. Summertime by Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff

10. Celebration by Kool and the Gang

You know, the list is endless because just when I think I'm finished there's so much more. Wouldn't you agree? Then there's "Blowin' in the Wind" by Bob Dylan and "Independence Day" by Martina McBride. 

America - Chris Tomlin



America by Chris Tomlin

D
Let Your glory fly

D/F#               G           G/B                    C
If my people will humbly pray turn from sin and their wicked ways
D/F#                  G
I will hear them and heal their land 
G/B                   C
And show my glory and power again

D                 C/D
Lift your eyes up unto the sky 
G
The Lord is coming, coming to America
D                      C/D
Can you feel the fire, can you see the wind 
G                C/E           F   D
Blowing through, coming to America again


Go and tell them the blind will see
The lame will walk and the slave is free
Shout the news that the lost are saved
In the name of Jesus the dead are raised
 American dream by Casting Crowns

D5   D/B
All work no play may have made Jack a dull boy

D5      D/B
But all work no God has left Jack with a lost soul

D5
But he's moving on full steam

D/B
He's chasing the American dream

D5                D/B      D5    D/B    D5   D/B
And he's gonna give his family the finer things


D5    D/B
Not this time son I've no time to waste

D5        D/B
Maybe tomorrow we'll have time to play

D5         D/B
And then he slips into his new BMW

D5      D/B
And drives farther and farther and farther away


E5      F#5  G5         D5
So He works all day and tries to sleep at night

E5         F#5 - G
He says things will get better;

Better in time






D5      G5       B5      G5
And he works and he builds with his own two hands


D5   G5        B5        G5
And he pours all he has in a castle made with sand

B5  D5       G5
But the wind and the rain are comin' crashing in

B5    D5   G5         D5
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands

D/B    D5   D/B
His kingdom stands


D5       D/B
His American Dream is beginning to seem

D5        D/B
More and more like a nightmare

With every passing day

D5            D/B
"Daddy, can you come to my game?"

"Oh Baby, please don't work late."

D5        D/B
Another wasted weekend

And they are slipping away

E5      F#5   G5        D5
'Cause he works all day and lies awake at night

E5       F#5 – G5
He tells them things will get better

It'll just take a little more time




D5      G5        B5      G5
And he works and he builds with his own two hands

D5   G5  B5       G5
And he pours all he has in a castle made with sand

B5  D5      G5
But the wind and the rain are comin' crashing in

B5    D5  G5         D5
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands

D/B    D5   D/B
His kingdom stands


D5          D/B
He used to say, "Whoever dies with the most toys wins"

D5     D/B
But if he loses his soul, what has he gained in the end

D5
I'll take a shack on the rock

D/B
Over a castle in the sand

E5    F#5  G5       D5
Now he works all day and cries alone at night

E5      F#5 – G5
It's not getting any better

Looks like he's running out of time

D5    G5  B5        G5
'Cause he worked and he built with his own two hands

D5 G5      B5              G5
And he poured all he had in a castle made with sand

B5  D5       G5
But the wind and the rain are coming crashing in


B5  D5  G5         D5   G5   B5
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands

G5    D5   G5   B5
His kingdom stands


D5
All they really wanted was You
All they really wanted was You
All they really wanted was You       D5
 
American Dream
Wishing you a Happy 4th of July! 
To all my readers, thanks for stopping by. I do read all your notes and comments.
I look forward to future posts and answering your many questions.
Keep playing your instrument and enjoying all genres of music.
as you know, I am passionate about music education!

Best,
LadyD
 


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