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The Promise of America

(Trish Lester)
May 16, 2017
Trish Lester (music & lyrics)

They came here speaking Polish, Italian, Greek or Dutch

Stepping out from Ellis Island, they didn’t know too much

Of the customs and the language they’d find upon these shores

But they understood the promise of America

From Germany, from Ireland, from Russia, Spain and France

They sailed here empty-handed; they came to take a chance

And the lady in the harbor with her glowing torch held high

Lit their way toward the promise of America

They embraced the U.S. motto, “from many we are one”

Hands on hearts they swore allegiance, their new lives had begun… 

As Americans. They were Americans.

They blended many cultures, from sea to shining sea

Learned a common language, forged a new identity  

As they left behind their old ways, they strengthened this great land

And fulfilled the golden promise of America

Yes, they understood the promise of America



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