"My Country, Tis of Thee" (also known as "America") is a American patriotic song, sung to the tune of God Save the Queen.
The most famous part of the lyrics run as follows:
My Country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrim's pride, From every mountainside Let freedom ring.The rest of the verses run:
My native country, thee, Land of the noble free, Thy name I love. I love thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hills; My heart with rapture fills Like that above.Ani Difranco wrote a parody of it, called 'Tis of Thee, which points out flaws seen in US society by Difranco, particularly vast social and economic inqualities.
Let music swell the breeze, And ring from all the trees Sweet freedom's song. Let mortal tongues awake; Let all that breathe partake; Let rocks their silence break, The sound prolong.
Our fathers' God, to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing. Long may our land be bright With freedom's holy light; Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King!