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The House I live In, song lyrics

Song: The House I live In
Lyrics: Abel Meeropol (using the alias Lewis Allen)(1)

Music: Earl Robinson(1)
Year: Lyrics 1942, Music 1945(1)
Country: USA

What is America to me?
A name, a map, the flag I see,
A certain word, 'Democracy'.
What is America to me?

The house I live in,
A plot of earth, a street,
The grocer and the butcher
And the people that I meet,

The children in the playground,
The faces that I see;
All races, all religions,
That's America to me.
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1 - American History in Song: Lyrics from 1900 to 1945, by Diane Holloway, p.430.

2 - This song was later blacklisted in the 1950s as Red propaganda."

3 - He also wrote Strange Fruit.

4 - This song has been recorded by Paul Robeson and Frank Sinatra.