The Battle Hymn of the Republic


The tune had been called “John Brown’s Body” before Julia Ward Howe added her new lyrics for what would become “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Even though this has some recording problems about 2 minutes in, I found this to be the most touching version, since it was from a National Remembrance in England in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Here are British voices raised singing our song…

Here are the lyrics for the Battle Hymn of the Republic:

For more background, here is information from the Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/lyrical/songs/john_brown.html

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