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Irving Berlin, who emigrated from Siberia in 1893, originally composed "God Bless America" during 1918 for his Ziegfeld-style revue, Yip, Yip, Yaphank. However, he decided the song's solemn tone was not right for a comedy revue and put it aside.  It was in the fall of 1938, as war was again threatening Europe, that Irving Berlin decided to write a "peace" song. He recalled "God Bless America" that he had written twenty years earlier. Making some alterations to reflect the different state of the world, "God Bless America" was soon born.

Singer Kate Smith introduced "God Bless America" during her radio broadcast on Armistice Day, 1938. The song was an immediate sensation and its sheet music was in great demand. As a result Berlin soon established the God Bless America Fund, dedicating the royalties to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America.

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God Bless America
Sung by Kate Smith (1938)

God bless America, Land that I love.
Stand beside her and guide her
through the night with the light from above
From the mountains to the prairies to the oceans white with foam
God bless America, my home sweet home.

God bless America, land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
through the night with the light from above.
From the mountains to the prairies to the oceans white with foam,
God bless America, my home sweet home.

From the mountains to the prairies to the oceans white with foam
God bless America, my home sweet home
God bless America, my home sweet home.
 

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