Music

America the Beautiful

by

Fug, poet, Woodstock Journal owner, and author of the new America, A History in Verse, Volume 3, (1962–1970). Ed Sanders celebrated his 65th birthday at the Bowery Poetry Club August 18. There his old compadre Tuli Kupferberg sang these new verses for “America the Beautiful,” written by Sanders for Kupferberg’s parasong project.



O beautiful for the catalpa flower

And sunflowers in the field

Monarchs on the milkweed pods

To mark the bounty’s yield

America! America!

Come sing your song of grace

For every hue beneath the blue

And every creed and race

O beautiful for prosperity

That reaches every land

And water pure cascading free

And healthcare in every hand

O Bountiful America!

Be glad of Eternity

And may your Dream stand in the Stream

Across the Galaxy!

O beautiful for the airplane ride

That sails above the plains

And over mountains, farmlands glide

And deserts bloomed with rains!

America! America!

God bless thy Great Largess

And every town find full renown

And every wilderness!

O beautiful for the inventiveness

That purrs near electric streets

And freedom of the voice and press

The Dawn of Sharing greets

America! America!

May you build sanctity

And see your Dream stand in the Stream

For all Eternity

O beautiful for towering ships

That speed the Milky Way

May peace imbue those starry trips

Where peaceful humans play

America! America!

Let justice forge your stay

And spread no harm nor foes alarm

Across the Spiralling Bay!

O beautiful for an end to war

An end to class and strife

Bring Freedom Rides where no one hides

The truth in every life!

America! America!

Come sing your song of grace

For every hue beneath the blue

And every creed and race!