Music

THE PROMISE OF AMERICA

02:36
WOMEN ON THE MOVE TRIO
10/04/2016
WRITER AND LEAD SINGER: TRISH LESTER (PATRICIA B LESTER / BMI)

Lyrics

They came here speaking Polish, Italian, Greek or Dutch

Stepping out from Ellis Island, they didn't know too much

Of the customs and the language

They’d find upon these shores

But they understood the promise of America

 

From Germany, from Ireland, from Russia, Spain and France

They sailed here empty-handed, they came to take a chance

And the lady in the harbor

With her glowing torch held high

Lit their way toward the promise of America

 

They embraced the U.S. motto, “from many we are one”

Hands on hearts they swore allegiance

Their new lives had begun as Americans

They were Americans

 

They blended many cultures, from sea to shining sea

Learned a common language, forged a new identity  

As they left behind their old ways

They strengthened this great land

And fulfilled the golden promise of America 

Yes, they understood the promise of America

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