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: Dr. 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 -- music: William Billings
(ballad written about 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 - tune" God Save The King,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 Brown and Battle Hymn of the Republic - 1861-62

16. +A Prayer For The Captive - words & music: Sister Cecilia DeVere, 1862

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

18. +Angel of Peace - written for the Grand National Peace Jubilee in 1869

(1)  Angel of Peace, thou hast wandered too long;
          Spread thy white wings to the sunshine of love!
      Come while our voices are blended in song,
          Fly to our ark like the storm-beaten dove—
          Fly to our ark on the wings of the dove;
      Speed o’er the far-sounding billows of song,
         Crowned with the olive leaf garland of love;
      Angel of Peace, thou hast waited too long!

 (2)   Brothers we meet on this altar of thine,
            Mingling the gifts we have gathered for thee;
        Sweet with the odors of myrtle and pine,
            Breeze of the prairie and breath of the sea—
            Meadow and mountain and forest and sea;
        Sweet is the fragrance of myrtle and pine,
            Sweeter the incense we offer to thee,
        Brothers once more round this altar of thine!

(3)  Angels of Bethlehem, answer the strain!
            Hark! a new birth-song is filling the sky!
        Loud as the storm-wind that tumbles the main,
            Bid the full breath of the organ reply—
            Loud let the tempest of voices reply;
        Roll its long surge like the earth-shaking main!
            Swell the vast song till it mounts to the sky!
        Angels of Bethlehem, echo the strain!

Words by Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1869
Music by Matthias Keller - “American Hymn,” 1866

First concert performance by The Old Stoughton Musical Society Chorus,
Richard Hill, organist; Roger Hall, conductor
The concert held in celebration of the 350th Anniversary
for the City of Boston, Massachusetts in 1980

Read about the Grand National Peace Jubilee in 1869 -- click here


World War I

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

20. +Land of our Hearts (Finale) - words: John Hall Ingham/
music: George Whitefield Chadwick,1918

+ Premiere Recording

Performers on the CD:

Philip Hawk and The Band of Musick (tracks 2-3)
The Choraleers (tracks 13-14)
Plymouth Church Choir (tracks 7, 16)
Old Stoughton Musical Society Chorus (tracks 1, 4-6, 8-12, 15, 17-20)



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