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God Save the Queen

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The melody used is the same as that of the national anthem of the United Kingdom, "God Save the Queen", arranged by Thomas Arne.
In the United States, the melody is used for the patriotic song "My Country, 'Tis of Thee".

Samuel Francis Smith

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"My Country, 'Tis of Thee", also known as "America", is an American patriotic song, whose lyrics were written by Samuel Francis Smith. Samuel Francis Smith wrote the lyrics to "My Country 'Tis of Thee" in 1831, while he was a student at the Andover Theological Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts.
He is best known for having written the lyrics to "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", which he entitled "America".

The Star-Spangled Banner

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The song served as one of the de facto national anthems of the United States (along with songs like "Hail, Columbia") before the adoption of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the official U.S. national anthem in 1931.
"My Country, 'Tis of Thee", whose melody is identical to "God Save the Queen", the United Kingdom's national anthem, also served as a de facto national anthem.

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Smith gave Mason the lyrics he had written and the song was first performed in public on July 4, 1831, at a children's Independence Day celebration at Park Street Church in Boston.
The church hosted the debut of My Country, 'Tis of Thee, also known as America, by Samuel Francis Smith on July 4, 1831.

Independence Day (United States)

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Smith gave Mason the lyrics he had written and the song was first performed in public on July 4, 1831, at a children's Independence Day celebration at Park Street Church in Boston.
Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner"; "God Bless America"; "America the Beautiful"; "My Country, 'Tis of Thee"; "This Land Is Your Land"; "Stars and Stripes Forever"; and, regionally, "Yankee Doodle" in northeastern states and "Dixie" in southern states.

Andover Theological Seminary

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Samuel Francis Smith wrote the lyrics to "My Country 'Tis of Thee" in 1831, while he was a student at the Andover Theological Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts.
Samuel Francis Smith, class of 1834, Baptist minister who wrote the words to "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" while a seminary student.

Marian Anderson

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Marian Anderson performed the song at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939.
They began the performance with a dignified and stirring rendition of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee".

I Have a Dream

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Martin Luther King, Jr. recited the first verse of the song toward the end of his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.
For years, he had spoken about dreams, quoted from Samuel Francis Smith's popular patriotic hymn "America" ("My Country, 'Tis of Thee"), and of course referred extensively to the Bible.

First inauguration of Barack Obama

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On January 20, 2009, Aretha Franklin sang the song at the first inauguration of Barack Obama.
Evangelical pastor Rick Warren delivered the invocation for the inaugural ceremony, followed by a performance by vocalist Aretha Franklin, who sang "My Country, 'Tis of Thee".

L.A. Woman (song)

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The Doors used a guitar riff of the song at the beginning of their song "L.A. Woman" on the 40th anniversary editions of L.A. Woman in 2001 and on The Very Best of The Doors 2007 re-release.
The 40th Anniversary edition of the album version begins with a guitar riff of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee."

Variations on "America"

*Variations on "America"
Composed in 1891 when Ives was seventeen, it is an arrangement of a traditional tune, known as "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" (words by Samuel Francis Smith), and was at the time the de facto anthem of the United States.

Aretha Franklin

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On January 20, 2009, Aretha Franklin sang the song at the first inauguration of Barack Obama.
On January 20, 2009 Franklin made international headlines for performing "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" at President Barack Obama's inaugural ceremony with her church hat becoming a popular topic online.

Second inauguration of Barack Obama

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On January 21, 2013, Kelly Clarkson sang the song at the second inauguration of Barack Obama.
Following the salute, Obama delivered his inaugural address to the crowds as the President of the United States at 11:53 AM Eastern Time, which was 2,137 words long and took 18.5 minutes to deliver, this was then followed by a performance by vocalist Kelly Clarkson, who sang "My Country, 'Tis of Thee".

Kelly Clarkson

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On January 21, 2013, Kelly Clarkson sang the song at the second inauguration of Barack Obama.
In January 2013, Clarkson performed "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" at the second inauguration of the U.S. President Barack Obama.

Rufst du, mein Vaterland

Swiss national anthem
"Rufst du, mein Vaterland"
The tune of the anthem was the same as in "God Save the King" (1745), a tune which became widely adopted in Europe, first as the hymn of Denmark (1790), later also as that of Switzerland, and as that of the United States as "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" (1831).

Oben am jungen Rhein

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"Oben am jungen Rhein"
"My Country, 'Tis of Thee"

United States

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"My Country, 'Tis of Thee", also known as "America", is an American patriotic song, whose lyrics were written by Samuel Francis Smith.

Thomas Arne

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The melody used is the same as that of the national anthem of the United Kingdom, "God Save the Queen", arranged by Thomas Arne.

De facto

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The song served as one of the de facto national anthems of the United States (along with songs like "Hail, Columbia") before the adoption of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the official U.S. national anthem in 1931.

Hail, Columbia

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The song served as one of the de facto national anthems of the United States (along with songs like "Hail, Columbia") before the adoption of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the official U.S. national anthem in 1931.

Andover, Massachusetts

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Samuel Francis Smith wrote the lyrics to "My Country 'Tis of Thee" in 1831, while he was a student at the Andover Theological Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts.

Lowell Mason

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His friend Lowell Mason had asked him to translate the lyrics in some German school songbooks or to write new lyrics.

Muzio Clementi

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A melody in Muzio Clementi's Symphony No. 3 (also called 'The Great National' and contains the melody of 'God Save the Queen' as a tribute to Clementi's adopted country) caught his attention.

Legacy of George Washington

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Additional verse to celebrate Washington's Centennial: