I heard this on XM radio today...WOW...I was crying like a baby.
I cannot find the lyrics yet, but I did find and download it off of Itunes.
Anyone who likes the recitation style patriotic songs like John Wayne used to do will love this one.
Still in Saigon does it for me.
I saw the Charley Daniels Band ast night at the Columbia County Fair. He was pretty good but only played for an hour
America The Beautiful:
On this our Nations birthday, we would like to share this with you again.
The Charlie Daniels Band
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
Have you ever spent the later afternoon watching the purple shadows deepen in the Arizona desert, or seen a herd of elk plow their way through waist deep snow on a cold Colorado dawn?
Did you ever watch the sun go down in Hawaii or see the stormy waves break over the rock bound coast of Maine, or have you ever seen an eagle fly up out of the mists of Alaska or a big October moon hanging full over the still Dakota badlands?
Have you ever tasted the gumbo in New Orleans, the barbecue in Carolina or the chicken wings in Buffalo? Have you ever had Brunswick stew in Macon or cornbread in Birmingham or brisket slow cooked over hill country mesquite wood?
Did you ever drink water from a gurgling branch in Utah or stand on the mountain above El Paso Del Norte and see the lights twinkling clear over into Mexico?
Did you ever jingle horses in the predawn stillness of a perfect Texas day and watch their shod hooves kicking up sparks on the volcanic rock or tended a trot line on a foggy Carolina morning, or heard the distant song of a lovesick whippoorwill in the pristine Tennessee late night?
Have you seen the faces on Mount Rushmore or stood at the Vietnam monument? Have you ever crossed the mighty Mississippi or been to the Daddy of ‘Em All in Cheyenne, Wyoming or seen the mighty Vols run out on the football field on a chilly autumn afternoon?
Did you ever see the Chicago skyline from Lakeshore Drive at night or the New England foliage in the fall or the summer beauty of the Shenandoah valley or Indiana covered with new snow?
Did you ever see a herd of wild horses running free across the empty spaces of Nevada or caught a walleyed pike out of a cold Wisconsin stream, or marveled at the tall ships docked in the harbor at Baltimore?
Did you ever see the early morning dew sparkling on the bluegrass or the wind stir the wheat fields on a hot Kansas afternoon or drove the lonely stretches of old Route 66?
Have you ever heard the church bells peal their call to worship on a early Sunday in some small town in the deep South, or passed through the redwood forests as the sun was going down?
Have you ever been to Boise or Baxley or Beaufort or Billings? Have you ever passed through Sanford or Suffolk or San Angelo? Have you seen the falls at Niagara, the ice palace in St. Paul or the gateway to the west?
This then is America, the land God blesses with everything and no Eiffel Tower, no Taj Mahal, no Alps, nor Andes, no native hut, nor royal palace can rival her awesome beauty, her diverse population, her monolithic majesty. America the free, America the mighty, America the beautiful.
God Bless America
Is this something new by CB? Or is it a revival of something that's been around?
It sounds aweful close to something John Wayne recited years ago.
I have heard the John Wayne song you are talking about, this one is of the same mold but it is different. I downloaded it off of iTunes and really like it.
I couldn't remeber the last stanza about the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, etc., in John Waynes rendition, but the rest sure sounded like his. But it's been a while since I've heard it too.
Charlie Daniels has always been one of my favorite performers. Solid American, he is.