1953. God Bless America

Ladies, we’re losing our country. America’s exceptionalness is being merged with other less-than-exceptional societies. We should all pay more attention.

I’m reminded of this line from the song America, The Beautiful. “And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!”

To help recognize our history and the traditions that are slipping away, I offer the following. I copied it from an email, original author unknown.



A Little Patriotic History

Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing “God Bless America” on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.

Here are the facts…

The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of “GOD BLESS AMERICA “.

Before you watch it, the story behind the song: The time was 1940. America was in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we’d have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for Americans. This was just before TV, radio shows were HUGE, and families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer was bigger than Kate Smith.

Kate was also large; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings “.

Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV, but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time.  Kate was also patriotic.  It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring.  She had hope for America, and faith in her fellow Americans.  She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to song-writer Irving Berlin (who also wrote “White Christmas”) and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good about their country.

When she described what she was looking for, he had just the song for her. He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before back in 1917. He gave it to her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received, but both agreed they would not take profits.

Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.

This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience.  She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, “You’re  In The Army Now.”

At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it’s Ronald Reagan. [The other man is George Murphy, dancer/actor, and subsequent U.S. Senator from California.] To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country.

Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt she realized how successful the results would be for Americans during those years of hardship and worry….. and for many generations to follow. Now that you know the story, I hope you’ll enjoy it and treasure it even more.

Many people don’t know there’s a lead in to the song since it usually starts with “God Bless America. “So here’s the entire song as originally sung.

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If that doesn’t work, try this:



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4 responses to “1953. God Bless America

  1. Sir Guy,

    What of this verse which is engraved at the base of the Statue of Liberty?

    “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
    With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    Your Highness Denise,
    Great, isn’t it? What better way to tell others of the good and open heart of America?

  2. Loretta

    Why? Because the President is Black?
    America has turned away from God. The Church has allowed itself to go along with and even support racism, hatred, injustices. It has compromised God’s Word and His Church by allowing sin..remember sin? in not just infiltrate and compromise the Body but inviting it in! So many of the ’causes’ that are supported would not exist if God’s Word was upheld.
    America turns its face from it’s own issues and refuses to fight for it’s own because it doesn’t embrace it’s own or only those that are deemed real Americans. It allows injustices to its own citizens, murders of it’s own sons and daughters as sacrifices to hatred, racism and money. America has embraced homosexuality and you know what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah yet if we don’t ‘love’ what the world loves we are haters and think America is exempted from God’s Word and Law.
    Before anyone gets upset..I am Christian who is American, yet I see one day ( if not now) I will only be seen as a Christian who is against America and that is not true. This is my country as much as it is anyone else and I see it’s sons and daughters being decimated by sin..perversion, depravity, family destruction and yes..seeing things Americans work hard for themselves and their children handed freely to those who have already broken the law by being here illegally…even though they are too decent people who want a better life.
    I said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang God Bless America! and this may not have been what was wanted or expected for a comment. I pray for America, it’s my home and a cool place to live…the vastness of it, the beauty found between the sea to shining sea…the spirit of the people..ALL her people to build such a country. Yet I can’t help but think God has/had blessed America yet even as One nation under God with liberty and justice for all was being penned, men’s hearts were perverting the blessing.

    Your Highness Loretta,
    Welcome aboard. It’s a great day when another pretty woman joins us on this cruise to WhatWomenNeverHear.

    • boomer babe

      America started to turn from GOD about 50 years ago. in 1968 or so, no fault divorce started up and broke many homes. We are at least 3 generations deep within this. Even the DRUG CULTURE happened AFTER this year. Also, when you see a young person or couple within church, gie them encouragement. I believe they could make it if they are given good spiritual advice. Talk about MARRIAGE. because only in marriage, there is a future

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