Posted at 4:19 PM on January 20, 2009
by Jeff Horwich
Full of cliches and pablum, signifying nothing, Oprah's live-from-Lincoln-Center show on Monday featured the debut of some We-Are-The-World-ish anthem dreamed up in the level of musical hell previously reserved only for Lee Greenwood and whoever wrote that "Eagle Soared" song that John Ashcroft sang. (Oh, wait...that would be John Ashcroft.)
I looked all around the web for the lyrics. Finding them nowhere, I figured the world needed to see them laid bare, preserved for posterity, so I started typing. Readers, I bring you: "America's Song (aka 'America Is Beautiful')."
Let liberty and justice ring for all
Let your dreams stand tall
May opportunities fall upon you
In the land of the free
Mary J. Blige:
(repeat chorus, quite literally ad nauseum)
For my money, the most ridiculous line: At the dawn of the morning for a brand new day. Triple-redundancy!
But the whole thing is garbage-y garbage. America can make way better music than this.