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While the Storm Clouds Gather…

“While the storm clouds gather far across the sea, let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free. Let us all be grateful for a land so fair as we raise our voices in a ______ _______:”

How many of you know the last two words to this famous phrase?
How many of you know the name of the song it introduces?

In 1938 Kate Smith, a fiercely patriotic American, and the biggest star on radio, was deeply worried about her country. Her manager, Ted Collins, asked Irving Berlin if he could give her a song that would reignite the spirit of American patriotism and faith. He said he had a song that he had written in 1918, but never used. He said she could have it after he made a couple of quick revisions.

On Thursday, November 10, 1938, Kate Smith sang this song for the first time to millions of radio listeners across America on her weekly radio show. The new anthem electrified the nation and Kate sang it on nearly every broadcast thereafter through December 1940.

This is not a song about religion. It’s a song about unity and faith. Do we need unity and faith any less today than in 1938 as the storm clouds gather over America and the world?

Can you name that tune?

Drop me a “note” if you know…here’s a BIG hint!