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Published on Jan 23, 2018
Old Timey Tuesdays! It’s easy to dismiss patriotic tunes as cornball, out of touch, or overly sentimental. However, even the most familiar old songs can contain surprises. We thought we knew all the back verses to “America the Beautiful,” but we stumbled upon some obscure lyrics dating back to the turn of the 20th century that are timeless, inspiring, and noble.
LYRICS: Oh beautiful for spacious skies For amber waves of grain For purple mountains majesty Above the fruited plain America! America! God shed his grace on thee And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea
Oh beautiful for pilgrims’ feet Whose stern impassioned stress A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness America! America! God mend thine every flaw Confirm thy soul in self control Thy liberty in law
Oh beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years Thine brave and rugged cities gleam Undimmed by human tears America! America! God shed his grace on thee Thy paths be wrought through wild of thought On pilgrim foot and knee
Oh beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife Who more than self their country love And mercy more than life America! America! God shed his grace on thee Til souls wax fair as earth and air And music hearted sea From sea to shining sea
We chose this tune for this week because of the line, “Oh beautiful for pilgrims’ feet.” According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, as of 2017, 65.6 million people have been forcibly displaced due to persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations. Under the leadership of She's Folks member Tyler Thompson, we’ve teamed up with Wild Earp, Praytell, Hillary Marren, Jacob Mau, Daniel Fager, Sharriese Hamilton, Stephanie Weber, and Quentin Rynbrandt, along with sponsors Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits and Half Acre Beer Company to present Fixed Abode III: A Variety Show Hosted by Tyler Thompson at the amazing Low Res Studio to raise money for GirlForward, an organization that assists refugee girls living here in Chicago. Why girls? “In conflict, girls are especially vulnerable to violence, isolation, and being kept out of school. Girls who receive resettlement in the face huge challenges: poverty, language barrier, limited or disrupted education, isolation and a trauma. But when girls succeed, everyone benefits.”