Sing Books with Emily, the Blog

America the Beautiful, an Illustrated Song

Posted on: October 8, 2014

I found some nice chords for this song and play my guitar to accompany the singing, so some nice volunteer holds the book and turns the pages for the song.

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America the Beautiful

Poem by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Illustrated by Chris Gall

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America the Beautiful
Poem by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Illustrated by Todd Ouren

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America the Beautiful

Poem by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Illustrated by Wendell Minor
(This book features profiles on Ms. Bates and Mr. Ward as well as printed music, and illustrations of beautiful places in America.)

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America the Beautiful (A Pop-Up Book)
Poem by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Illustrated by Robert Sabuda

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america the beautiful together we stand
America the Beautiful (Together We Stand)
Poem by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Illustrated by Various Artists

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O Beautiful for Spacious Skies

(America the Beautiful)
Poem by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Art by Wayne Thiebaud
Edited by Sara Jane Boyers

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SBWE Guitar Chords for AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

When I sing this song with kids, I play the guitar and use these chords:

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america-the-beautiful-sbwe-w-chords
AMERICAN THE BEAUTIFUL (lyrics and chords for SBWE)
Poem by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward
To view or print this sheet, click here:
america the beautiful SBWE w chords

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The story of AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL is featured in
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stories of our american patriotic songs
Stories of Our American Patriotic Songs
Words and Music by Various Artists
Book by Dr. John Henry Lyons
Illustrated by Jacob Landau
LOC # 42-24375

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America the Beautiful (a Collection of Best-Loved Patriotic Songs)
Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
Compiled and Arranged by Tom Glazer
Illustrated by Barbara Corrigan

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America the Beautiful in the Words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Illustrated by Various Aritsts
Music by Various Artists

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Song History

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AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL wiki (includes song history, sheet music and audio files),
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America_the_Beautiful

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Katharine Lee Bates on Biography.com:
http://www.biography.com/people/katharine-lee-bates-21181439

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Sing-Along

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For sing-along, I like this track:
ProSound Karaoke Band, Alto
This link is to Amazon, but iTunes sells it, too.
The key is not too high and it includes music for all 4 verses of the song.

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Sing Along with this video instrumental (includes lyrics):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCUUrtnpA3E

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AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
Poem by Katharine Lee Bates
Hymn Tune by Samuel A. Ward

O 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.

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness.

America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life.

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine.

O 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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Related Posts

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AMERICAN HISTORY: CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND TELL STORIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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FAVORITE SINGABLES ON PINTEREST
Of the hundreds (maybe thousands) of choices, this list onPinterest displays the top blockbuster favorite Singable Picture Books that we warble together at Sing Books visits:
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/

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