Israeli writes America anthem

Jerusalem singer-songwriter Ben Reuven has done what no other Israeli has ever done before him – he has written and recorded a rousing anthem tribute to the United States called “America, America, ” in the hope and expectation that Americans will adopt it as one of their popular anthems. The lyric of this inspiring and very catchy song encapsulates both the themes of the history and geography of the USA and above all the democratic values that make it such an example to the rest of the world. Ben Reuven will shortly be celebrating fifty-three years in Israel since immigrating from England, shortly after graduating from Cambridge University where he headed the University Israel Society and studied Modern Languages. In Israel, apart from writing songs and performing, he also works as a freelance translator.

Ben Reuven acknowledges that his songwriting owes much to the British and American musical traditions, from rock to folksong, and major influences on his compositions and singing style include Elvis, the Beatles, Engelbert Humperdinck, Roy Orbison, Pavarotti and Mario Lanza. He also has written songs in French, Spanish, Ladino and of course Hebrew.

How does it feel as an Israeli to write a song glorifying America? “I think it is quite natural for an Israeli to do this because out two countries have so much in common in terms of beliefs and values as well as the profound influence of the Bible shared by our two nations. I also hope that my song will further contribute to strengthening the bond between us.”

Incidentally, one of the main aspects of the song’s appeal, Ben Reuven points out, is the very fine arrangement by the talented musician and singer Yehuda Pritt.

Attached to this press release are the recording of America America and the lyrics.

David Herman

AMERICA, AMERICA
words and music: Ben Reuven

America, America, America,
America, America, America,
America, America, America,
America, America, America..

Such a beautiful country
Such a beautiful land,
From the Texas border
To the Rio Grande.
Form the Mississippi
To New York City
From California
To Maryland.

America, America…

Sing it loud and clear,
For all the world to hear,
Sing, sing…

America, America..

God bless Columbus
And his great New World
With its flag of freedom
Fearlessly unfurled.
God Bless the nation
That leads the way,
God bless the people
Of the USA.

America, America…

I have a vision
A dream so pure,
That knows no frontiers
That will endure,
Of the land of liberty
Where dreams come true,
It’s the land of opportunity
For every creed and hue.

America, America…

Sing it loud and clear,
For all the world to hear,
Sing, sing..

About the Author
London-born David Herman came on aliyah in 1966 after graduating from Cambridge University. In the 1960s, he founded the Good Times Publishing Company specializing in publishing newspapers in simplified English, French and Arabic for the Israeli school system. David currenty works as a translator, and is also very active in the field of songwriting and performing under the musical name, David Ben Reuven.
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