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America The Beautiful

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America!  America!  God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America!  America!  God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!
O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America!  America!  May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine!
O Beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!
America!  America!  God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
Written by: Katharine Lee Bates
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On This Day In:
2016 Red, White And Blue BBQ
Happy 4th of July 2016
IMF’d (Marathon / Binge)
2015 Happy 4th of July 2015!!
2014 Happy 4th of July 2014!!
2013 Patriot Act, Anyone?
2012 Five Lost Wars
2011 Worth Fighting For
2010 Still Learnin’ Hard…
4th of July 2010

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Thirty-three years ago I met my future (and current) wife …
I love you Hil.  I cherish our every day together…  I’m glad God took the extra time. — KMAB
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On This Day In:
2016 Picture Perfect
2015 Life Showed Compassion
2014 And Then I Met Her
2013 Defining Maleness
The Run Continues
2012 All Set
2011 Not Always

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[Happy Birthday, Bro!  The Revolution’s comin’,  It’s just a minute away…  (It may or may not be televised, so stay positive.)  But what do I know?  Love ya — KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 60, Little Bro!
2015 Vision and Courage
2014 58 – Little Bro
2013 New Adventures And Old Hopes
Caving In
2012 Bits And Bobs And Birthdays
Always Hope
2011 Wet Snow And Long Hills

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[Happy Valentine’s Day, Hil!!  You are always on my mind…
All my love,
Always,
Your Kev
XXX
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On This Day In:
2016 Happy Valentine’s Day – 2016!!
2015 To My Special Lady
2014 Awakening
2013 Drowsy In Comfort
2012 Happy Valentine’s Day
2011 Own Your Bible

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I Lived

Hope when you take that jump
You don’t feel the fall
Hope when the water rises
You built a wall
Hope when the crowd screams out
It’s screaming your name
Hope if everybody runs
You choose to stay
Hope that you fall in love
And it hurts so bad
The only way you can know
You give it all you have
And I hope that you don’t suffer
But take the pain…
Hope when the moment comes
You’ll say
I…I did it all
I…I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived
Hope that you spend your days
But they all add up
And when that sun goes down
Hope you raise your cup
Oh, oh
I wish that I could witness
All your joy and all your pain
But until my moment comes
I’ll say
I…I did it all
I…I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived
Oh whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh
With every broken bone
I swear I lived
With every broken bone
I swear I
I…I did it all
I…I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived
Oh whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh
I swear I lived
Oh whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh
Songwriters: Ryan Tedder / Noel Zancanella
Performed by: One Republic
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On This Day In:
2016 Changed Clothes Lately?
2015 Like Stone
2014 Resistance Is Futile
2013 Subtle Humor
To Look Behind Green Eyes
2012 The Path Is Endless
2011 Happy MLK, Jr Day!!!
A Factor Of Ten
Better Late Than Never?
Whoops!
Acceptable Beginnings
Slow Progress
Useful Confrontation
When Phenomena Are Different
Creative Avoidance
Thinking
Fast And Flexible
Surrender Certainty
Techniques
Vive La Difference
Destiny
Completeness
Art

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Tacky

It might seem crazy wearing stripes with plaid
I Instagram every meal I’ve had
All my used liquor bottles are on display
We can go to see a show, but I’ll make you pay
Because I’m tacky
Wear my belt with suspenders and sandals with my socks
Because I’m tacky
Got some new glitter Uggs and lovely pink sequined Crocs
Because I’m tacky
Never let you forget some favor I did for you
Because I’m tacky
If you’re ok with that, you might just be tacky too
I meet some chick, ask her this or that
Like, “Are you pregnant, girl, or just really fat?”   —  what?
Now I’m droppin’ names almost constantly
That’s what Kanye West keeps telling me
Here’s why
Because I’m tacky
Wear my Ed Hardy shirt with florescent orange pants
Because I’m tacky
Got my new résumé, it’s printed in Comic Sans
Because I’m tacky
Think it’s fun threatening waiters with a bad Yelp review
Because I’m tacky
If you think that’s just fine, then you’re probably tacky too
Bring me shame, can’t nothin’
Bring me shame, I never known why
Bring me shame, can’t nothin’
Bring me shame, I said
Bring me shame, can’t nothin’
Bring me shame, it’s pointless to try
Bring me shame, can’t nothin’
Bring me shame, I said
Because I’m tacky
43 bumper stickers and a YOLO license plate
Because I’m tacky
Bring along my coupon book whenever I’m on a date
Because I’m tacky
Practice my twerking moves in line at the DMV
Because I’m tacky
Took the whole bowl of restaurant mints, hey, it said they’re free
Because I’m tacky
I get drunk at the bank and take off my shirt at least
Because I’m tacky
I would live tweet a funeral, take selfies with the deceased
Because I’m tacky
If I’m bit by a zombie, probably not telling you
Because I’m tacky
If you don’t think that’s bad, guess what, then you’re tacky too
Written by:  “Weird Al” Yankovic
Performed by: Weird Al & Friends
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On This Day In:
2016 A Faulty Model Of God
2015 Non Sequitur
2014 No Flags League
I Ain’t Who Am
2013 Spoiling For Fame?
2012 How Many?
2011 Too Tired To Chat Much
2010 I Must Be Crazy!!

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They say that even if I live, it’s not living.
Because the sky, without you,
seems like a windowless prison.
They say that even if I laugh, it’s not laughing.
They say I look shabby and it looks like I’m crying.
Even if I loved you, I couldn’t say it.
I couldn’t even show any sign of emotion.
I missed you even when I slept.
As you live, as you live, as you live
when you’re having a hard time blame me for
your sadness until you feel refreshed.
As you cry, as you cry, as you cry and you’re worn out.
If it’s really hard for you then just once could
you remember me, as you live?
They say that even if I laugh, it’s not laughing.
They say I look shabby
and it looks like I’m crying.
Even if I loved you, I couldn’t say it.
I couldn’t even show any sign of emotion.
I missed you even when I slept.
Against our will we’ll laugh.
Against our will we’ll live.
Because even if you’re by my side,
even if you’re by my side, you cry.
As you live, as you live, as you live
when you’re having a hard time blame me for
your sadness until you feel refreshed.
Even if you burn, even if you burn, even if you burn me,
you can burn everything so nothing’s left until
you feel refreshed.  As I’ve lived.
As I’ve lived.
Written by: Ryu Jae Hyun
Performed by: Joseph Butso
Original performed by: SG Wannabe  (original version below)
[This is the second of two videos offered showing the talents of Joseph Butso.  There is a TV show in Korea called “I Can See Your Voice“.  The premise of the show is that a current “Pop” star can see if you have vocal talent just by looking at you.  The contestants are not allowed to speak until the final, when they sing a duet with the Pop star.  You may be great.  You may be horrible.  Supposedly, no one knows until you start to sing.  (Hence, the crowd reactions!)
In the first round, the contestants simply stand there.  In round two, they get to lip-sync to a song so the Pop star can see if they have performance talent.  (Still, no speaking or singing.)  In the final round, the Pop star kicks off the duet and then the contestant jumps in.  In my last post, I showed the duet.  Joseph did so well, they had him do an encore.   This song is apparently a famous love song from 2005(ish).   This, in itself is interesting, because it means when this song was first a big it, most of the audience were either pre-teens or early teens, and yet you can see how much the song (and the performance) move them.   Thanks again to George Beierly for turning me on to this.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 A Terrifying Cycle
2014 Rights
2013 Do Bold Things
2012 Seven Causes
2011 I Feel A Tingle Coming On

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