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God Bless America

Posted by R. Berg on October 28, 2001

In Reply to: God Bless America posted by Susan on October 28, 2001

: Some people think the phrase "God Bless America" is being overused. I'd like to discover the origin of the phrase/the use of it. I see it as a prayer that does not exclude God blessing other countries. We ask God to bless marriages and births, why not our country? Any help would be appreciated.

It originated as the title of a song that Irving Berlin wrote in 1918. Many websites have the lyrics and play the song, including the one linked below, whose URL is ~ajsnead/patriotic/god_bless_america.html

"Any help would be appreciated" aptly expresses the reason for this song's sudden surge in popularity.

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