America! The Free!

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Dedication: To all U.S. Military Veterans and in commemoration of the annual American national holidays of Memorial Day (last Monday in May), Independence Day (July 4) and Veteran’s (Armistice) Day (November 11).

While surfing the YouTube website to find some original recordings of old(ies), pre-Beatles rock ‘n’ roll songs, I came across some recordings of “Scotland, The Brave”, the music of which has always appealed to me.

Over the years, many popular song lyrics have been set to this musical tune. For example, in 1955, the Ames Brothers had a hit recording entitled: “My Bonny Lassie”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsT34cSG8vU&feature=related


A more recent recording, with new lyrics, was rewritten and performed by John McDermott of “Irish Tenors” fame.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GowMI4wvmU4&feature=related


The John McDermott recording is most inspirational, heart-rending, captivating and exceedingly well performed. So much so, in fact, it inspired me to adapt some of John McDermott’s lyrics as well as adding lyrics of my own to compose a new poem or lyrics, sharing a similar theme, but with a different focus. In my version, “Scotland, The Brave” has become “America! The Free!” and was written with the idea it could be accompanied by the music from “Scotland, The Brave”.

Enjoy!

America! The Free!

by

Edward J. Bradley

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Others may boast of their

Grand ancient cultures!

Their books, music and historical ties!

Nations destroyed by tyrants and vultures!

Where liberty died!

Due to treachery and lies!

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America's environs wild!

Where patriots always smile!

Blessed with abundance!

Mean much more to me!

With sun, rain and cloud!

Where fertile fields are plowed!

Home of the brave and proud!

Land of the free!

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All freedom has come from

America's great courage!

Even for her enemies!

From prior war!

The rest of the world!

Would still be in bondage!

With Hunger! Disease!

Slavery! and More!

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Shining bright! From God's Holy Mountain!

Spirit of America! Fearless and Free!

Red, White and Blue!

Waves o'er stream and fountain!

As strongly She stands!

Watching over the seas!

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See how strongly!

Her freedom's advancing!

Destroying all tyranny! Found in it's path!.

Her sons and Her daughters!

Like bright lights dancing!

Ignoring the stench of both ruin and death!

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Like Her frontier wild!

She has serenely smiled!

When armies and empires!

Against Her were hurled!

Hard! As Plymouth Rock!

Absorbing ev'ry shock!

From Germany! Japan! and

Terrorism's world!

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Brave patriotic tunes!

Played over bloody tombs!

Red! White! and Blue!

Still Her colors wave!

Salutes from rifles peal!

For Her wills of steel!

Triumphant! On battlefield!

America! The Free!

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Triumphant! On battlefield!

America! The Free!

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Copyright © Edward J. Bradley 2010

 

Hyperlinks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsT34cSG8vU&feature=related

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Submitted: May 27, 2010

© Copyright 2021 EdwardJBradleySr. All rights reserved.

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Donna Cavanagh

Great tribute for this weekend!!! Love it!

Thu, May 27th, 2010 1:10pm

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Donna Cavanagh:

Thank you for reading, commenting, the generous compliment and "I Like It" vote. You are most kind.

Had been working on this for a few months.

Again! Thank you!

Happy Memorial Day,

Ed Bradley.

Thu, May 27th, 2010 6:46am

Robert Wright

Dear Ed,

This is a bold piece you have written in a time when it is popular to hate America. And truly the concept of freedom was not born here in North America.

It has been still-born, born and later died, or even thrived for awhile in many instances in history. And in patches and places here on Earth, humans are yet born into slavery.

But we will not give up the cause, just because one politician or another was wrong. Some nations put up fences to keep their people from going out. Some others, to stem the tide of those coming in.

Happy Memorial Day to you, Ed.

"Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." --Abraham Lincoln.

Thu, May 27th, 2010 4:34pm

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Robert Wright:

Thank you for reading, your most thoughtful & considerate comments, the warm & generous compliment and "I Like It" vote. Most appreciative.

Your points are well made. The United States has become and remains the world's most recent best hope for the preservation of human freedom. In this life on planet Earth.

Let's hope America can continue to prosper and exert it's beneficial influence/s on the rest of the world. "Freedom isn't free!" is a drastic understatement. It comes at a most high price. Sadly, those who most enjoy the benefits of freedom, the most, sacrifice the least for it's current and future survival. Increasingly true since 1963, when the U.S. Treasury began to become an enormous "cash cow" for corrupt politicians and their corporate & finacial counterparts. But, of course, this is just my own cynical opinion. Widely shared though!

Happy Memorial Day,

Ed Bradley.

Thu, May 27th, 2010 1:22pm

vasco

Thank you, it sure is a beautiful piece. I like to share it, with my friend on other network, facebook, myspace, Socico and etc. thank you, for sharing this great piece of art with us.

Fri, May 28th, 2010 1:01am

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vasco:

Thank you for reading, commenting, the generous compliment and "I Like It" vote. Most appreciative.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Fri, May 28th, 2010 2:28pm

teargen

Great tribute, Ed, thanks for writing and sharing this wonderful piece.

Fri, May 28th, 2010 6:25am

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teargen:

Thank you for reading, commenting, the generous compliment and "I Like It" vote. You are most kind.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Fri, May 28th, 2010 2:26pm

Chase the Wind

Beautiful Tribute!! Nearly put tears to my eyes. Makes living in America seem all the more wonderful and it makes me realize some of the things that we all take for granted. Especially freedom, thanks again for writing this wonderful tribute!!

Fri, May 28th, 2010 1:37pm

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Chase the Wind:

Thank you for reading, your most thoughtful comments, the warm & generous compliment and "I Like It" vote. You are most kind.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Fri, May 28th, 2010 2:23pm

Shortydawson

Thank you for reminding us of infancy's America's passion for liberty. Til this day, its strength and endurance in that difficult situation, in its determination to be free, is the spirit that all who seek liberty, drink from.

Indeed, as you so perceptively noted:

"All liberty has come from America's great courage!"

And just as the bible declares that all authority comes from God, which is spiritual in nature, in which all our laws are structured and enforced. Likewise, liberty has instilled in us a spiritual birthright of
basic entitlements that we Americans implicitly enjoy.

It indeed took great courage for each man to boldly sign their names on that "Declaration of Independence,"
for signing that declaration, was likened to signing
their own death warrant.

Thank you Ed for the spiritual insight of America's courage.

Mon, May 31st, 2010 9:47am

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Shortydawson:

Thank you for reading, your most thoughtful comments, the warm & generous compliment and "I Like It" vote. You are most kind.

Yes! We are in complete agreement with one another.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Mon, May 31st, 2010 11:13am

sayandeepkundu

Nice..the flavor of patriotism is just the same everywhere..love to savor it.. :)

Sat, June 5th, 2010 9:14am

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sayandeepkundu:

Thank you for reading, thoughtfully commenting, the compliment and "I Like It" vote. You are most kind.

Will read and vote for your postings. At times, without commenting.

Thank you for becoming a fan. Most appreciative.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Sat, June 5th, 2010 2:27am

BulletofCorruption

Very well written poem. Reminds me of why we should fight for the right to display flags, also a great poem for the past weekend (for some reason I'm always late on finding quality work in time for the actual event)...
>;)

Sun, June 6th, 2010 6:45pm

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BulletofCorruption:

Thank you for reading, your most thoughtful comments, the compliment and "I Like It" vote. You are most kind.

Yes! We can't always get what we want! When we want it!

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Sun, June 6th, 2010 12:09pm

ProngsFan

This was great! I lived in Britain for the first 13 years of my life, and I was honestly shocked by the free spirit of the americans.
Great poem :)

Tue, June 8th, 2010 10:11am

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ProngsFan:

Thank you for reading, your most thoughtful comments, the compliments and "I Like It" vote. You are most kind.

Yes! The U.S. and the American people are truly unique. A true cast of characters. Happy to say!

Thank you for becoming a fan. Most appreciative.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Tue, June 8th, 2010 1:20pm

Corr Zauber

I like the poem and your passion for poetry and your country :)

Wed, June 9th, 2010 3:15am

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Corr Zauber:

Thank you for reading, thougntfully commenting, the compliment and "I Like It" vote. You are most kind.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Wed, June 9th, 2010 1:39pm

Xyzo

Although I'm not from the USA and have never been to there, I find the patriotism flowing through this poem very inspiring as in the country where I come from there is no such a thing as patriotism.
It was definitely a worthwhile read.

Wed, June 9th, 2010 5:10am

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Xyzo:

Thank you for reading, your most thoughtful comments, the compliment and "I Like It" vote. You are most kind.

Before reading your comment, it did not occur to me that feelings of patriotism could not be found in all nations. Interesting!

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Wed, June 9th, 2010 1:35pm

victoriadudley102

your poems are really good and I think you should maybe sell the poems you write . because I love to read them .

Thu, June 10th, 2010 4:49am

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victoriadudley102:

Thank you for reading, thoughtfully commenting, the generous compliment and "I Like It" vote. You are most kind.

I'd like to publish my poems but cannot find a suitable publisher. Someday! Perhaps!

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Thu, June 10th, 2010 12:15pm

Gerson

Hi Ed,

patriotism is the word.
Freedom to the world.

Very nice poem of yours.

Best regards from Brazil,

Gerson

Sat, June 12th, 2010 12:32pm

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Gerson:

Thank you for reading, thoughtfully commenting, the compliment and "I Like It" vote. You are most kind.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Sat, June 12th, 2010 7:36pm

chuhulil

That was great!
A wonderful display of patriotism (that this country needs right now) and also it was written beautifully!
I honestly think that peom should be broadcasted to the whole country. There are those growing to hate the government, and that poem might change a few minds if read.

Tue, June 15th, 2010 2:22pm

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chuhulil:

Thank you for reading, your most thoughtful comments, the generous compliment and "I Like It" vote. You are most kind.

Love of country/nation/society/culture/fellow citizens is not, necessarily, the same thing as being able to place one's trust, goodwill and/or affection in one's government. Most especially, when one's government over-taxes, mistreats and/or exploits, in a perjorative manner, it's citizens. You might enjoy my posting entitled: "Change!" - haiku.

Again! Thank you!

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Tue, June 15th, 2010 7:35am

Bill 66

While it is true that our government is corrupt, bloated, and slow to react to crises I still believe in the fundamentals laid out by our fore-fathers. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of justice are noble things to strive for. I mean just because they were tired of paying exorbitant taxes to England doesn't imbue those words with any less meaning. It is nice to know patriotism still exists for America's people if not for it's government.

Thank you for sharing this memorial to those who have given their all.

Tue, June 15th, 2010 2:40pm

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Bill 66:

Thank you for reading, your most thoughtful comments, the warm compliment and "I Like It" vote. Most appreciative.

Yes! I miss the time, before 1964, when love of & loyalty to one's country (in this case, the U.S.A.) could be and, justifiably, was equated with the same level/s of trust in & commitment to the government, which acted in solidarity with it's citizens. Truly serving the public's interest. Most of the time.

Slowly (at first), steadily, and with accelerating speed, this trust has been eroding. Aided by the government's incompetency along with, as you say, it's corruption, over-funding and lack of timeliness (& appropriateness) in responding to true problems & crises.

Active-duty U.S. Military personnel and veterans are the most noteworthy exceptions to this. Always getting the job done. At low pay, while making extreme sacrifices. In all aspects of their personal lives.

Let's all hope and pray for the best in the future. That's what I do.

Again! Thank you!

Happy Independence Day,

Ed Bradley.

Tue, June 15th, 2010 8:32am

Graeme Montrose

Very nice piece you wrote. Neat idea using Scotland the Brave, being a Scot myself i could sing it ha! keep it up, all the best!

Wed, June 16th, 2010 1:01am

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Graeme Montrose:

Thank you for reading, thoughtfully commenting, the generous compliment and "I Like It" vote. You are most kind.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Thu, June 17th, 2010 9:40am

Julz92

That was Beautiful. Thank you for that. if you have time stop by and read my story could use a little advice thank you.

Wed, June 23rd, 2010 7:26pm

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Julz92:

Thank you for reading, commenting, the compliment and "I Like It" vote. Most appreciative.

Have read your story and have left a comment.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Wed, June 23rd, 2010 1:46pm

bullslayer1

Freagin' awesome Ed! I swear , we could be brothers! You sir are a patriot!

Wed, June 23rd, 2010 9:34pm

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bullslayer1:

Thank you for reading, commenting, the enthusiastic compliment and "I Like It" vote. You are most considerate.

Happy Independence Day,

Ed Bradley.

Thu, June 24th, 2010 11:09am

zainub ajmal

i can understand your feelings for your country every citizen has them but you have to know that the recent american military actions were hard on some countries.

Fri, June 25th, 2010 12:47pm

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zainub ajmal:

Thank you for reading and thoughtfully commenting.

While writing this, many contradictory thoughts and conflicted emotions overtook me. They revisit me every time I read or recite it. These same contradictory thoughts and conflicting emotions can be found in the words of the poem itself.

Yes! War is most tragic, painful and destructive. To the lives all who are, actively, involved it. As well as for many innocent bystanders. If you think about it: "Few involved are completely innocent or blameless.".

Again! Thank you!

Happier trails,

Ed Bradley.

Fri, June 25th, 2010 7:46am

seannachie

Good form & structure, also some good metaphorical technique. 'drinking love from the eyes' is a good
line.
I can't say that I'm a patriot in the sense of 'America can do no wrong', but neither do I believe that all is lost. I think Obama has some good ideas & intentions, it's just a question of whether Congress will approve needed legislation.
There's always room for self-expression, and you've proven yourself.

Fri, June 25th, 2010 4:32pm

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seannachie:

Thank you for reading, your most thoughtful comments, the compliment and "I Like It" vote. You are most kind and considerate.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Sun, June 27th, 2010 12:35am

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