“While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free.
Let us all be faithful to this land so fair
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. . . .”
This was the intro to the song that I learned some 30 years ago.
I since learned that this song was first sung a couple of years before our entry into World War II–although it had been written some 20 years earlier, and Irving Berlin had just shelved it for all that time.
So, is this intro an original part of the song, or was this added in response the foreboding political climate in Europe?
Also, Bruce Springsteen made the claim on his '84 or '85 boxed set of CD’s that Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” was written as a “response” to “God Bless America.”
Far be it from me to doubt the word of a noted historian like Mr. Springsteen, but is there any truth to that?