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Whatever Happened to America’s Songs?

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

A University of Florida study found that we are losing a large part of our national identity because we so seldom sing traditional American songs. Researchers note that many of our national songs are being ignored in favor of pop hits, and that today’s children are more likely to know the lyrics to Britney Spears’ “Oops, I Did It Again” than to patriotic, folk and traditional children’s songs.

“Although Americans say that the singing of folk songs and songs of our heritage is important, we are teaching very few of them in the schools,” says music professor Russell Robinson, who supervised the study.

That’s why it’s more important than ever to enjoy these songs at home. CDs of classic American songs are available at your local library. Visit for lyrics to “America the Beautiful,” “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “This Land is Your Land” and many other traditional American songs.