In the Loop

As a public service: The lyrics to that God-awful 'America' song on Oprah

Posted at 4:19 PM on January 20, 2009 by Jeff Horwich (8 Comments)

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')."

Will.i.am:
From Delaware to Tennesse to Hawaii
From mountaintops we have dreamed from sea to shining sea
And now here we are

Faith Hill:
We have come, we have prevailed
Whosoever dreamed
This is your whale (???)
And here we are, here we are

Seal:
At the dawn of the morning
For a brand new day (brand new day)
For all, in the spirit of our fathers

All (chorus):
America America America
Is beautiful (beautiful, yes it is)
My America, your America, our America
Is beautiful
And may God (may God) keep us together
Cause America (America) is beautiful (is beautiful, yeah)


Bono:
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:
We have come and we have prevailed
For whosoever dreamed
This is your whale (seriously, what is this line???)
And here we are

All:
At the start, that horizon
Of the brand new day
For all, in the spirit of our fathers

(repeat chorus, quite literally ad nauseum)
America America America
Is beautiful (beautiful, yes it is)...

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.


Comments (8)

This sounds like they wrote it phrase by phrase, maybe by posting on Will.i.am's Facebook wall.

Posted by Sanden Totten | January 20, 2009 5:20 PM


Whale? Like the twitter fail whale? I hope not!

Posted by Caitlin | January 20, 2009 5:43 PM


oh wow. That's bad. And Bono is not an American, does he realize that?

I think whale = way.

Posted by Kassie | January 20, 2009 6:07 PM


Let's see...

"Whale" could be "way", as Kassie says.

Or it could be "will," if the wanted to make it sound vaguely God-y. (This is Your will...) Or if Will.i.am was on an ego trip...

Or it could be "world."

The sad thing is that the song offers no clues! Any one of these options would make just as much sense as the others!

Posted by Cecilia | January 20, 2009 7:41 PM


I better not say anything. Not after what I just submitted for the Presidential In the Loop movie trailer.

Maybe the word is well. Like the Biblical wells of our fathers, or the community well???

A lot can happen with sleep depravation, or drinking. Maybe the song was written by a school child for one of the many inaugural contests. I bet the winner won tickets to the Disney inaugural kid concert.

The most ridiculous thing is Faith Hills legs. Man!

Posted by jessica | January 20, 2009 10:51 PM


No wonder Oprah offer this song as a "free" download for 48 hours at the Oprah homepage. What a mess...

Posted by steve | January 21, 2009 10:57 AM


I too think it's "way," or at least that would make the most sense if sense can be applied. I wonder if they used that microsoft program Jeff commented on earlier...

Posted by phil | January 21, 2009 9:20 PM


All I have to say is that you dont know the words to this song! There is no word whale to the song it is Well. I just love this new song it make me feel good to sing it and I'm wishing you all beauty in life ahead!

Posted by Donna | January 22, 2009 11:01 AM


Post a comment

The following HTML tags are allowed in your comments:
+ Bold: <b>Text</b>
+ Italic: <i>Text</i>
+ Link: <a href="http://url" target="_blank">Link</a>
Fields marked with * are required.


Comment Preview appears above this form upon pressing the "preview" button. Edit your comment and press "preview" again, until you are satisfied with your comment.

Your comment may not appear on the blog until several minutes after it was submitted.

January 2009
S M T W T F S
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31


Master Archive

MPR News
Radio

Listen Now

On Air

Morning Edition®

Other Radio Streams from MPR

Classical MPR
Radio Heartland

Services