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  Let Freedom Ring!
by Tom Hyland
Monday, May 19, 2003
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When this piece was originally published in the early 90's in The Price Club Journal, many liked it. BUT, through the editor, I received one letter of complaint, from a Native American. He was quite chagrined that I did not include "his people." SO, let me please state now that there was no intent at the time of creating to ostracize ANYONE - it was just one man's attempt to put the "Melting Pot of the World" on display for a brief moment in time. My lil grey cells were concentrating on some, not all of the Emigrants from other countries that immigrated here, and ASSIMILATED their diverse cultures into ONE - American !!! "E Pluribus Unum" - from Many - one!



Let Freedom Ring!

From Plymouth Rock to Jamestown,
from Saint Mary's City to Roanoke's shore,
they came in ships, abounding ...
'Twas Freedom their search was for.

Freedom to worship God, was atop their list,
Freedom to assemble, without fear of the abyss.
Freedom to choose, Freedom to love ...
Freedom to praise God, in the heavens above.

The Pilgrims, the Quakers, the Puritans, the Mormons,
the English, the French, both Saxons and Normans,
the Irish, the Polish, the German, the Dutch,
they all loved America's Freedom, so much.

From the Atlantic seacoast they spread, by the score,
across the "Great Divide", to the Pacific shore.
North to Alaska, and South to the "Rio Grande,"
Freedom was advancing, as they marched hand-in-hand.

Proud, brave men and women, immigrants and settlers all,
some rich, some poor, some short and some tall,
they struggled through hardships, and withstood the storms,
and fostered the morals, we now call norms.

Towns and villages sprang up everywhere, like sprouts,
and sometimes they failed, because of their doubts.
But, most of them flourished, and their voices did sing,
the bells tolled out the good news --- Let Freedom Ring!

Through the process of both time and assimilation,
our ancestors provided us with this Great Nation.
America may not be perfect, but the message we bring
Cries out to all of the World --- Let Freedom Ring!

- Copyright: January 3, 1992 -
Thomas K. Hyland, Jr.


 
 
 




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Reviewed by na na (Reader)
"Let Freedom Ring" (Tom - thought you might like my version)

1st stanza...

United as one
... America sings,
Let freedom ring
... let freedom ring,
From the oceans to the prairies
... our nation stands tall,
We'll defend our country
... we'll answer the call.

Chorus...

Let freedom ring ... let freedom ring,
Listen up world ... when America sings,
Hear our voices cry out ... throughout our land
Let everyone know ... where America stands!
Let freedom ring!

2nd stanza .....

No demand too great
... no task too small,
We'll battle for victory
... one and all,
The stars and stripes
... we'll protect together,
We'll pledge allegiance
... to our flag forever.

Repeat Chorus .....

Let freedom ring ... let freedom ring,
Listen up world ... when America sings,
Hear our voices cry out ... throughout our land
Let everyone know ... where America stands!
Let freedom ring!

Musical Break

Chorus...

Let freedom ring ... let freedom ring,
Listen up world ... when America sings,
Hear our voices cry out ... throughout our land
Let everyone know ... where America stands!
Let freedom ring!

© Bill Murray
2001-11-30 02:35:27
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
Hang on a mo''
England was free before America was invented, we sent our prisinors to America, Hmmm theres a thought..
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip
Not one to teeter,
Your patriotic meter
Pulls the strings,
And America sings!

Good write, Tom!

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
*STANDING OVATION* and a great big *salute*

well done, tom, you ain't got no complaints from this flag wavin' patriotic veteran!!!

THANK YOU FOR SAYIN' WHAT NEEDS TO BE SAID

((((HUGS)))) and love,

karla. (usaf 1983-85)
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
A good one. I wouldn't worry about any criticism. There are those who bitch and butch about everything like it's a GD'm divine calling. [smiles]
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader)
Tom,
Excellent
Peggy
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
love it, tom! LONG MAY AMERICA BE FREE, and LET FREEDOM RING! :) (((HUGS))) and love, your friend in texas, karen lynn.
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