Some of the best commentaries take the form of lyrics to music.
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- Amazing Grace, John Newton
(1725-1807) — Haunting hymn of redemption and hope.
- The Concord Hymn, Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1837) — Commemorating Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19,
- Simple Gifts, Joseph Brackett
(1848) — Paean to freedom.
- Ballad of Serenity (Firefly theme song), Joss Whedon (2002), performed by Sonny Rhodes — Defiance of tyranny.
- Alternative Greensleeves Lyrics, including "Home in the Meadow".
- The Minstrel Boy, Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
— Lyrics to a beautiful song about a lost battle for freedom.
- The Impossible Dream, from Man of La
Mancha, lyrics by Joe Darion (1948) — To fight for the right....
- Come On, Brave Boys, Anonymous, New York, 1734.
- A Song of 1857, Written by Utah rebels.
- American Taxation, By Peter St. John.
- Chester, By William Billings.
- Cornwallis Country Dance, Anonymous.
- Free America, By Joseph Warren.
- God Save the Thirteen States, Anonymous.
- Hail Columbia, By F. Hopkinson.
- Jefferson and Liberty, Anonymous.
- John Brown's Body, Anonymous.
- Liberty Song, John Dickinson.
- Lincoln and Liberty, 1860 Campaign Song.
- Revolutionary Tea, Traditional.
- Rights of Woman, By "A Lady".
- The American Hero, By Andrew Law.
- The Underground Railcar, By George N. Allen.
- America The Beautiful, by Katharine Lee Bates
- AMERICA (My Country, 'Tis of Thee), by Samuel F. Smith
- Battle Hymn of the Republic, by Julia Ward Howe
- Because All Men Are Brothers, by Tom Glazer
- Erie Canal, by Thomas S. Allen
- God Bless America, by Irving Berlin
- God Bless the USA, by Lee Greenwood
- Home on The Range, poem by Dr. Brewster Higley, lyrics by Daniel E. Kelley
- I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free, by Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas
- Oh, Freedom, by Lucy Kinchen
- Semper Fidelis, modern lyrics by Don Farrar
- The Marine's Hymn, author unknown, no pre-20th century text is known
- The Star Spangled Banner, by Francis Scott Key - 1814
- The Stars and Stripes Forever, by John Philip Sousa - 1897
- When Johnny Comes Marching Home, by Patrick Gilmore, pseudonym 'Louis Lambert'
- Yankee Doodle, Anonymous - pre-Revolutionary War