What is America to me A name, a map, or a flag I see A certain word, democracy What is America to me
The house I live in A plot of Earth, a street The grocer and the butcher And the people that I meet
The children in the playground The faces that I see All races and religions That's America to me
The place I work in The worker by my side The little town the city Where my people lived and died
The howdy and the handshake The air a feeling free And the right to speak your mind out That's America to me
The things I see about me The big things and the small The little corner newsstand Or the house a mile tall
The wedding and the churchyard The laughter and the tears The dream that's been a growing For a hundred and fifty years
The town I live in The street, the house, the room The pavement of the city Or the garden all in bloom
The church the school the clubhouse The million lights I see But especially the people That's America to me
Writer/s: LEWIS ALLAN, EARL ROBINSON
Publisher: MUSIC SALES CORPORATION,
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Naomi Julian from Pagosa Springs, ColoradoI also love this song and wish it was our national anthem. It talks about love and brotherhood between races and the immigrants and workers who built this country. God bless America talks about the rockets red and glare and bombs bursting in air. The house I live in seems so appropriate for this moment.
Pascal from Boulder, CoAbel Meeropol, alias Allan Lewis, was not pleased to find that Sinatra had skipped the line "My neighbors, white and black" in the film. The lyrics reproduced here bear only a nominal resemblance to those originally written. Sinatra had only a minimalist sense of democracy. His rendition was sure not to offend the ears of Nixon and Reagan before whom he performed it. For Allan Lewis's original lyrics, check out http://www.laborarts.org/exhibits/paulrobeson/thehouseilivein.cfm
Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 27th 1969, Connie Francis performed "The House I Live In" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'... In 1945 Columbia Records released Frank Sinatra's original version of the song; it reached #22 on Billboard's Best Sellers Chart (the B-side of the record was "America the Beautiful")... R.I.P. Mr. Sinatra (1915 - 1998), Mr. Sullivan (1901 - 1974), and Ms. Francis, born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero, will celebrate her 76th birthday this coming December 12th, 2014.
Lynn from Philadpehia, PaI was a choir member in 1961-62 at Abington High School in Pa when we sang this song in one of our concerts. I always have loved it...it's very tender and we need to consider it mightily today.
Sal Pellegrino from Inverness Fl, FlThis song should be played to every man woman abd child in this wonderful country we need everyone to pull together to get over these rough times
Tom from Wilmington, Nc This was a very nice and enjoyable free trip for me. Thanks for the lyrics and the movie. I was in Germany in 1946 during WW2, where I first saw Frank Sinatra's 10 minute short, "The House I Live In." What a trip that was! Whoever you are, LOVE AMERICA.
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