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Happy Fourth Of July! Irving Berlin’s 1947 ‘Freedom Train’ Lyrics Good Advice Even Today

07/04/2010
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Adjutant General Edward Hand. Continental Army.

Today is the day that “far right” and “far left” come together with the rest of us in the middle and celebrate the fact that we are Americans.

Dare To Dream wishes everyone a safe, enjoyable and blest holiday.

Irving BerlinFreedom Train The 1947 lyrics

This song is a train song, it’s a song about a train
Not the Atchison, Topeka, not the Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Nor the one that leaves at midnight for the state of Alabam’
This song is a train song where the engineer is Uncle Sam

Here comes the Freedom Train
You better hurry down
Just like a Paul Revere
It’s comin’ into your home town

Inside the freedom train
You’ll find a precious freight
Those words of liberty
The documents that made us great

You can shout your anger from a steeple
You can shoot the system full of holes
You can always question “We the People
You can get your answer at the polls

That’s how it’s always been
And how it will remain
So long as all of us
Keep riding on the Freedom Train

[2nd bridge:]
You can write the President a letter
You can even tell him to his face
If you think that you can do it better
Get the votes and you can take his place

[3rd bridge:]
You can hate the laws that you’re obeying
You can shout your anger to the crowd
We may disagree with what you’re saying
But we’ll fight to let you say it loud

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