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The Statue of Liberty
Song For Teaching American History - Lyrics and Sound Clip
Kathleen Wiley


This song is available on Kathleen Wiley's The American Dream


Lyrics:

The Statue of Liberty stands at the crossroads,
Offering the immigrants a better way of life.
On June 21st, 1871, Auguste Bartholdi had a dream
He sailed into New York Harbor,
Knowing it was here he would build ‘his Liberty’.

CHORUS:
Statue of Liberty
Beacon to the world
Statue of Liberty
Stands with hope unfurled...

The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France
French sculptor, French designer, French craftsmen
Paid for by the contributions of French citizens
Commemorating actions of independence
151 feet tall she stands
An iron and copper beacon to the azure skies...
But she weighed more than 32 tons
And if she didn’t get help she would inwardly capsize

CHORUS:
Statue of Liberty
Beacon to the world
Statue of Liberty
Stands with hope unfurled..

To make it stand strong Gustave Eiffel
Was asked to make a curtain wall
Which was a new ingenious method
Of construction that would keep things standing straight and tall..

Richard Morris Hunt designed the pedestal
89 feet tall was the base
But when Liberty arrived in New York
The pedestal committee had egg on its face

They had not the money needed
To secure the pedestal’s completion
But a New York publisher used newspapers
Calling on the common man to fill up the fund

This would take a lot of money
So Joseph Pulitzer, owner of The World..
Said, "let’s not wait for the millionaires
"I will publish every donor..." And he kept his word.

CHORUS:
Statue of Liberty
Beacon to the world
Statue of Liberty
Stands with hope unfurled...

October 28th, 1886
Was the dedication day
Emma Lazarus’s poem was written
"Give me your tired, your poor," she’d say...
"Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.."

Now as people come to our great country...
Liberty stands straight and tall for them to see
She represents a new start and freedom
To become whatever they might decide to be.

CHORUS:
Statue of Liberty
Beacon to the world
Statue of Liberty
Stands with hope unfurled...

 

See more of our Social Studies and Independenct Day Song Lyrics

Many thanks to Kathleen Wiley for permission to publish these lyrics.
© Funtime Learning, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

 


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