Track Title:               America The Beautiful
Album Title:               Genius & Soul, The 50th Anv. Coll. Vol. 4

Prime Artist:              Ray Charles     (Robinson)
Arranger:                  Quincy Jones
Background Vocal:          The Raeletts
Drums:                     Grady Tate

Guitar:                    Jim Hall
Guitar:                    Toots Thielemans
Guitar:                    Eric Gale
Bass:                      Bob Cranshaw

Bass:                      Chuck Rainey
Bass:                      Ray Brown
Saxophone:                 Jerome Richardson
Saxophone:                 Hubert Laws

Trumpet:                   Freddie Hubbard
Trumpet:                   Ernie Royal
Trumpet:                   Joe Newman
Producer:                  Ray Charles     (Robinson)

Written by:                Katherine Lee Bates
Written by:                Samuel Ward
Conductor:                 Sid Feller
From the Album:            A Message From the People  1972 (A)
Oh beautiful, for heroes proved,
In liberating strife,
Who more than self, our country loved,
And mercy more than life,

America, America, may God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain devined.

And you know when I was in school,
We used to sing it something like this, listen here:

Oh beautiful, for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties,
Above the fruited plain,

But now wait a minute, I'm talking about
America, sweet America,
You know, God done shed his grace on thee,
He crowned thy good, yes he did, in a brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea.

You know, I wish I had somebody to help me sing this
(America, America, God shed his grace on thee)
America, I love you America, you see,
My God he done shed his grace on thee,
And you oughta love him for it,
Cause he, he, he, he, crowned thy good,
He told me he would, with brotherhood,
(From sea to shining sea).
Oh Lord, oh Lord, I thank you Lord
(Shining sea).

Transcribed by Todd Peach