America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee)

Patriotic song
First published in 1832
Words by the American author Samuel Francis Smith

First verse:
My country, 'tis of thee, / Sweet land of liberty, / Of thee I sing; / Land where my fathers died, / Land of the pilgrims' pride, / From ev'ry mountainside / Let freedom ring!

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America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee) guitar tab and notes (pdf)

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America - guitar tab, notes, chords and lyrics

“America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee)” is a patriotic song based on the English song “God Save the Queen”. Samuel Francis Smith wrote the lyrics to "America" in 1831, which was performed for the first time on July 4, 1831 in Boston.

America (full accompaniment) - two versions

"America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee)" for guitar with full accompaniment in two versions. The first version is a simple arrangement whereas the second include more quarter notes in the bass. Both can be downloaded free in pdf-files and listen to.

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America (only melody)

"America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee)" tablature notation for guitar.

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Tips on how to learn this song

For the melody of this song, you need to focus on two strings. The trickiest sequences are the positions shifts in the bars three and thirteen. Also notice that the presented version of the melody goes in the key of C and stays in that key for the whole song. If you are familiar with the C major scale in open position, it will make it easier to memorize the song.

Lyrics and chords

America chords in the key of C Verse 1:
(C)My country, (G)'tis of thee,
(C)Sweet land (F)of (C)liberty,
(F)Of (G)thee I (C)sing;
(C)Land where my fathers died,
(G)Land of the pilgrims' pride,
(C)From ev'ry mountainside
(F)Let (C)free(G)dom (C)ring!

(C)My native (G)country, thee,
(C)Land of (F)the (C)noble free,
(G)Thy name I (C)love;
(C)I love thy rocks and rills,
(G)Thy woods and templed hills;
(C)My (F)heart with (C)rap(G)ture (C)thrills,
(F)Like (C)that (G)a(C)bove.

Poetic and archaic words:
'tis = it is
thee = you
thy = your

On some versions, the G chord is played as dominant instead of the regular major (G7 instead of G).

There are possibilities to change to key by using a capo. These are the keys that the song would transpose in depending on which fret the capo is put:

Key, time, tuning and tempo

Information about “America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee)” considering musical key, time signature, tuning and bpm.

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KEY

The presented version of “America” is played in the key of C.

Time signature music symbol

Time signature

The song is played in 3/4 tempo (counted one, two, three for each measure).

Tuning overview

Tuning

The song is normally played in standard tuning (EADGBE).

BPM symbol and numbers

Tempo (BPM)

The tempo in beats per minute is 100 for the presented version. The tempo marking moderately can also be used.