This is a video of singer Beyonce, singing “America the Beautiful” at the inauguration concert for Barack Obama, president-elect of the USA.
The song was written by Katharine Lee Bates.
Let me quote from an earlier entry of this blog:
It is a little-known fact that America¹s best loved song was written by a woman who was a feminist, a lesbian, a Christian socialist, and an ardent anti-imperialist [see on her anti-imperialist poems here].
Katherine Lee Bates was a pioneer, and a progressive advocate of social justice.
And she was a patriot in the best sense of the word.
She loved the land and the people of her birth, but she was critical of its weaknesses, and fought to make it a better, more just place.
America the Beautiful is a song that demands its listeners to open their eyes and ears to the injustices and corruption of capitalism.
It is a song of both love and criticism.
And it makes a distinction between the country we live in, and the wealthy and corrupt elite that rules it.
Also by Tim Yeager (scroll down):
Her [Bates’] disdain for capitalism in the age of the “robber barons” is reflected in verse 3:
God shed his grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free!
Unfortunately, many people singing the song today, including Beyonce at that concert, do not sing that verse.
- News: Beyonce has revealed she does not sing her hits to her baby daughter. (hotentertainer.wordpress.com)
- Our Literary Grannies from A to Z: K is for Katharine Lee Bates (juliejordanscott.typepad.com)
- Beyonce Knowles Unleashes “Grown Woman” Single: Listen Here! (gossipcenter.com)
- US Mint to Limit Purchases of “America the Beautiful” Silver Coins (economicpolicyjournal.com)