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Choirs of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the Music Project by singing and recording their own versions of My Country, Tis of Thee at school and in their communities.
Inspired by the book by Claire Rudolf Murphy, My Country Tis of Thee Music Project presents recordings of the every version of the song presented in the book. This exciting project brings to life the many different versions of the hymn that have been sung throughout history. Press play below to listen to the EWU and Spokane Area Youth choirs sing selections from my book, My Country Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights.
Music Project Play List
Click play to listen to the Eastern Washington University Choir and Spokane Area Youth Choir sing lyrics from the book:
Now it’s your turn! Submit lyrics or learn more about the book:
It’s your turn! Submit your own lyrics, recordings and videos
It’s your turn! Submit your own lyrics, recordings and videos for a cause you believe in.
The My Country Tis of Thee Music Project (MCTT for short) invites students, choirs, classes and clubs to submit new lyrics and performance recordings to the tune of ‘My Country Tis of Thee,’ also known by the song title ‘America.’
Winning submissions will be featured on Claire Rudolf Murphy’s Facebook page, website and YouTube channel. Twitter users can tag their work with #MCTT. Your class or organization may also win a copy of the book or a poster featuring Aretha Franklin.
The Spokane Area Youth Choir and the Eastern Washington University Choir kicked off the project by recording their performances of the lyrics from the book. Listen to their recordings at the MCTT Music Project page.
What current issues are important to you? There are many current events that could inspire new lyrics to the song – human rights, gender equality, animal rights . . .
All submissions may be posted on Claire Rudolf Murphy’s Facebook page – Post lyrics or submit links to audio and video performances from hosting sites such as YouTube. Alternatively, you can submit lyrics and recording by using the contact form below.
The MCTT Music Project values liberty and freedom of expression. This is also a safe space for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate. Submissions must not be vulgar or violent in nature. The moderators of the Music Project will use their best judgment in determining if a particular submission should not be presented on our pages. By submitting your content to the MCTT Music Project, you authorize Claire Rudolf Murphy to reprint and distribute your work (with attribution, of course).
By Claire Rudolf Murphy and illustrated by Bryan Collier Henry Holt and Co., 48 pages, ISBN 9780805082265
More than any other, one song traces America’s history of patriotism and protest.
Everyone knows the words to “My Country, ’Tis of Thee.” What most don’t realize is that this iconic song has been a beacon of change for hundreds of years. Generations of protesters and civil rights pioneers have created new lyrics, beginning in royalist Britain and continuing through conflicts in colonial times, the American Revolution, the suffragist and labor movements, and the struggles for black and Native American civil rights. With spectacular illustrations by Caldecott Honor–winning artist Bryan Collier, My Country, ’Tis of Thee offers a fascinating insight into the American fight for freedom.