Opening verse of the first American protest song:

Come, join 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,
Chorus: 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.

Text by John Dickinson, The Boston Chronicle, 1768
Tune: "Heart of Oak" by William Boyce

Hear an arrangement of this song by W.A. Fisher,
performed by the Old Stoughton Musical Society Chorus,
America's oldest surviving choral society--

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"The Liberty Song"
From American Revolution to World War I

(AMRC 0032)

For sample streaming music, click the underlined links


American Revolution

1. +The Liberty Song (tune: Heart of Oak) - words: John Dickinson, 1768
arranged by W.A. Fisher

2. Free America (tune: British Grenadiers) - words: Joseph Warren, 1770

3. The Lexington March (tune: Yankee Doodle) - ca. 1775

4. +Father and I Went Down to Camp (tune: Yankee Doodle) -
words: attributed to Edward Bangs, 1776/ arr. by W.A. Fisher

5. Chester - words and music: William Billings, 1778

6.+Song of Thanksgiving -- for the end of the American Revolution

New England Singing-Masters

7. The Bird - William Billings, 1790

8. +Victory - Daniel Read, 1793

9. +New Bethlehem - Edward French, 1799


U.S. Constitution and First President

10. +3 tunes: The Grand Constitution, 1787/Constitution Song (tune: Yankee Doodle, 1788)/ Ode to President George Washington, 1789


War of 1812

11. Star Spangled Banner - words: Francis Scott Key, 1814

12. +Peace - words: Esther Talbot, 1814/ music: Roger Lee Hall, 1981

New York Ballads

13. The Erie Canal

14. Buffalo Gals

The Civil War Decade

15. John Bown and Battle Hymn of the Republic - 1861-1862

16. +A Prayer For The Captive - Sister Cecilia DeVere, 1862

17. +Give Us This Day - words and music: Stephen Foster, 1863

18. +Angel of Peace - words: Oliver Wendell Hollmes, 1869

World War I

19. +Song of the Marching Men - music: Henry K. Hadley, 1919

20. +Land of our Hearts (Finale) - music: George W. Chadwick,1918

+ Premiere Recording (12 of 20 titles)

Performers on the CD include:
The Band of Musick
Plymouth Church Choir
Old Stoughton Musical Society Chorus



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