No, I’m not talking about the reference to god. In this case the reference to god is acceptable because it was written by a private individual — who has the right to write whatever they want — and the song was meant for private use, meaning it was not designed to force people into lying or making false statements like the pledge of allegiance, oaths of office or courtroom pledges.
What I’m talking about is the reference to “… white with foam … .” What the heck is “… white with foam … ?” If you look at the history of why Irving Berlin composed the song it’s interesting, but to me what was really revealing was his struggle to come up with some thing after, “… from the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans … .” The best that he could do was, “… white with foam.” Really?! What the heck is, “white with foam,” all about? Why, “… white with foam?” It’s very puzzling. I can come up with something much better. How about, “… full of life,” for example.
So the song would go, “… from the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans full of life / god bless America / my home sweet home / god bless America / my home sweet home.” I think that’s much, much better. Love to hear what y’all think.
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