Songs and Tears

You know how some songs just bring tears to your eyes? So it is with Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American.” The sons of a local Social Studies teacher, ages 8 and 10, sang it in front of our congregation this morning. Unlike some other churches where I have been a member, we were free to offer them a “clap offering.” Their offering, at least for me, was extremely poignant because I looked at them and wondered if they will experience the freedom that I have been privileged to have for as much of their lives as I have had it.

The words of Lee Greenwood’s song appear below in case your memory needs refreshed.

Artist: Lee Greenwood
Title: Proud To Be An American

If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.

I’’d thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’’t take that away.

And I’’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
Well there’s pride in every American heart,
and it’s time we stand and say.

That I’’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

And I’’m proud to be and American,
where at least I know I’’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

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