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:

Submit lyrics

About the Book


Now it’s your turn! Submit your own lyrics and performances to Claire’s Facebook page

Featured Lyric Submissions

To get you inspired to write your own set of lyrics, take a look at these two sets of lyrics submitted by my friends at Hamline University:


My country tis of thee,

Sweet land of plenty,

To thee I rage-

Till every child is fed-

Workers can rest their heads-

And poverty has fled-

Through a living wage.

 – Olivia Ghafoerkhan


December Friday brings

Adam Lanza entering

Sandy Hook school.

Twenty first graders died!

Wayne LaPierre cried,

“Blame the sick, don’t touch gun rights.

Let gunshots ring!”

– Kate St. Vincent Vogl