The Liberty Song


Something for the weekend.  The Liberty Song sung by Bobby Horton.

Written by Founding Father John Dickinson in 1768, the song was sung by patriots in America to the tune of Heart of OakThe video below is the most hilarious scene from the John Adams mini-series where a completely fish out of water John Adams gets donations for the American cause from French aristocrats as they sing the Liberty Song, led by Ben Franklin who is obviously immensely enjoying himself.  It is a good song for Americans to recall, and perhaps especially so in this year of grace, 2016.

Come, join hand in hand, brave Americans all,

And rouse your bold hearts at fair Liberty’s call;

No tyrannous acts shall suppress your just claim,

Or stain with dishonor America’s name.


In Freedom we’re born and in Freedom we’ll live.

Our purses are ready. Steady, friends, steady;

Not as slaves, but as Freemen our money we’ll give.

  Our worthy forefathers, let’s give them a cheer,

To climates unknown did courageously steer;

Thro’ oceans to deserts for Freedom they came,

And dying, bequeath’d us their freedom and fame.


  Their generous bosoms all dangers despis’d,

So highly, so wisely, their Birthrights they priz’d;

We’ll keep what they gave, we will piously keep,

Nor frustrate their toils on the land and the deep.


  The tree their own hands had to Liberty rear’d;

They lived to behold growing strong and revered;

With transport they cried, “Now our wishes we gain,

For our children shall gather the fruits of our pain.”


  Swarms of placemen and pensioners soon will appear

Like locusts deforming the charms of the year;

Suns vainly will rise, showers vainly descend,

If we are to drudge for what others shall defend.


  Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,

By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall;

In so righteous a cause let us hope to succeed,

For heaven approves of each generous deed.


  All ages shall speak with amaze and applause,

Of the courage we’ll show in support of our Laws;

To die we can bear, but to serve we disdain.

For shame is to Freedom more dreadful than pain.


  This bumper I crown for our Sovereign’s health,

And this for Britannia’s glory and wealth;

That wealth and that glory immortal may be,

If She is but Just, and if we are but Free.  


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  1. I think related to this account is the now-breaking story of how last night (11/18/16, Friday) Mike Pence attended a performance of “Hamilton” (the musical) in NY at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Broadway:

    Pence, who in my mind has re-defined for the better the word “gentleman” was treated to a consummately insulting cascade of boos as he took his seat in the theater; but wait, wait, it gets better—at the end of the show when the actors returned to take their bows, Brandon Dixon, who plays the part of Aaron Burr, decided to lecture Pence in richly ironic and unconsciously self-parodying words as follows:

    “Mike Pence, we welcome you here. We are the diverse Americans who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents. “Or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights … we hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us,” he continued, to rising cheers. ”

    “We thank you for sharing this wonderful American story, told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations.”

    There is too much bovine elimination here to address in Dixon’s remarkably superior and haughty “address”.

    But tellingly, as with all good leftists, they do all the talking, allow for no response, and do no listening. That kind of describes Don McClarey’s outstanding political analysis of the vote demographics and results of the Nov. 8th election right there.

    Keep it up, donkey-derrieres!

  2. And by the way, Trump rightly, in the most appropriate way, called the ambush “rude”, and demanded an apology—the best way to seize the moral high ground from tone-deaf leftists

  3. I would say 2016 is a “year of grace” in that Hillary was defeated. But I can’t really say the same about Donald Trump’s election.


    Notice explicit mentioning of liberty is practically, if not completely, absent Trump’s rhetoric?

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