On the 4th of July, 1895 the words for what we now know as “America the Beautiful” were published as a poem in a church periodical by Katharine Lee Bates.
It wasn’t until 1904 that the song as we know it today came about, when combined with a piece of music named “Materna”, composed by Samuel A. Ward.
Since then it has been one of our country’s most beloved anthems, with various campaigns over the last century to have it replace “The Star Spangled Banner”.
We also include a more advanced version, presented below, that adds some chords into the mix to round out. As well as an alternate version, in the key of G.
America the Beautiful
America the Beautiful Key of G