This Land is Your Land ~
Performed by: Neil Young & Crazy Horse ~
Music & Lyrics by: Woody Guthrie ~
On the Atlantic coast of North America were the Original Thirteen Colonies, founded between 1607 and 1773. In 1775, the thirteen colonies revolted in the American Revolution and finally declared their independence from England and the British Crown on July 4th, 1776. That date was marked to go down in history as Independence Day (or Fourth of July). It's the most memorial date in the history of America.
Fourth of July is a federal holiday in the USA. It's also the day that Americans would put their political differences aside, come together and celebrate the freedom for the land that they love, the USA. Favorite July 4th events include family picnics, parades, carnivals, or gathering at the city sponsored events for lots of barbecuing, games, music, and of course, foods and drinks. On this date, the American flags are proudly displayed in almost every big street and many businesses throughout the country. Oh, yes, fireworks, gotta have lots of fireworks, otherwise, it wouldn't be a Fourth of July celebration!
The featured song "This Land is Your Land" is one of American all-time favorite folks songs. It's also a patriotic song and has been named as one of the top 10 favorite Fourth of July songs.
Just a story to share with my AMP friends here. I chose this song to do my special Fourth of July music clip for you because I really like this song for its lyrics, music, and, most of all, it brought back some precious memories of my childhood. It was one of the first songs that one of my teachers taught me. We called her Mrs. Bea. She was very gentle, kind, and oh so patriotic. With the American flag proudly displayed on her desk and in her classroom, she also often would wear really nice and neat T-shirts that were tastefully decorated with the images of either the American flag or the Statue of Liberty.
We would pledge allegiance to the U.S. flag every morning at our school, her voice would always stand out. She sure had a super strong voice for a petite lady in her 70's. My friends and I sometimes would giggle over that, I sometimes would catch her eye, and she would just wink at me and with a big smile, too.
It wasn't hard to make eye contact with our teachers at all because my school was very small--a parochial school, with less than 30 students per grade level.
That's the story of my sweet and patriotic Mrs. Bea from my precious childhood school memories.
Happy Fourth of July, everyone! ~WhiteLibraTexas~
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In this music clip, I'm also featuring five of my very favorite FREEDOM quotes. Here they are, in the order of appearance:
1. "Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one."
One of the Founding Fathers of the U.S., American Statesman, Diplomat, Musician, Scientist, Philosopher, Printer, Writer & Inventor
2. "Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free."
~Dwight David Eisenhower~
American 34th President
3. "Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom."
~ Albert Einstein~
German born American Physicist
4. "Life without liberty is like a body without spirit."
Lebanese born American Philosophical Essayist, Novelist & Poet
5. "Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice."
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