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America, My Home!

Performed by Ricky David Tripp
Written by George and Sherry Simon / Copyright 1999 - All Rights Reserved

George Simon gave permission to USA Patriotism! for the production of this video illustrating his iconic heartfelt, inspiring "America, My Home!" song wonderfully performed by Ricky David Tripp. This video is proprietary to USA Patriotism!

"This very inspiring song beautifully performed by Ricky David Tripp will stir up your love and pride of our beloved USA. And it is one that should be on your favorite patriotic songs list." David Bancroft, USA Patriotism! founder (January 2009)

Lyrics - CD version

I have seen the torch of freedom pass from hand to yearning hand
And the vision of our fathers spread hope throughout this land
As the dream some fought and died for in my heart, becomes my own
I will strive to keep her promise, America, my home!

America!, America! May God bless America!
And freedom reign across America, my home!

From the shorelines to the prairies to the cities, great and small
We have reaped the fruits of justice and liberty for all
So with deep appreciation for the blessings we have known
I will honor her forever, America, my home!

America!, America! May God bless America!
And freedom reign across America, my home!

America!, America! May God bless America!
And freedom reign across America, my home!
May freedom reign across America, my home!

Copyright 1999 George K. Simon, Jr. and Sherry Simon ~ All Rights Reserved

Story behind America, My Home! (Anthem for the Millennium)

While working on a book about the interdependence of freedom and character, Dr. George Simon experienced a rekindling of his own patriotic spirit. He scored a melody that had been haunting him for nearly 7 years, and collaborating with his wife, Dr. Sherry Simon penned the straight-from-the-heart lyrics of the song. Initially performed to a cheering crowd on Memorial Day, 2000, the song gained popularity after the attacks of 9-11 when a regional television station paired the song with a video montage of the historic events. Since then it has touched the hearts of audiences totaling over one million through public performances, radio airplay, and other venues. Performance attendees and music reviewers have acclaimed America, My Home! as one of the most heartwarming and most inspirational patriotic songs ever written, and a timeless piece that often evokes "goosebumps."

When Country Music Showdown National Champion Ricky David Tripp inquired about inspiration for the song, Dr. Simon replied: “I believe sincerely that the greatness of America lies not in our wealth of resources, the might of our military, or
the form of our government, but in the character of our people upon which our freedom completely depends. Each of us has a responsibility to keep freedom alive. I really try to convey that message in this song.”

About Ricky David Tripp

Ricky David Tripp is the one of the most seen and heard musical entertainer in Arkansas. His first television appearance was at the age of 14 on The Vic Ames Show, with the legendary former Ames Brother and the Henry Shedd Trio. After teaming with his brother Mike, The Tripp Brothers were featured in the early 80s on the regionally syndicated musical variety television series Illusions. In 1987 Tripp won a spot on the legendary You Can Be A Star! show on The Nashville Network (TNN), finishing in the final four and making more than 47 subsequent TNN broadcast performances between 1987 and 1994.

In 1992, Tripp came out of a national field of more than 60,000 performers, to win the The True Value/GMC Truck Country Showdown, taking the stage with Kenny Rogers and Louise Mandrell, and Doug Stone. Having landing an RCA recording contract, the title 'Best New Artist in Country Music' and a $50,000 grand prize, Tripp was later featured as an opening act for such notables as Vince Gill, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Mattea, Glen Campbell and Jerry Jeff Walker.

After experiencing a lull in his career, Tripp made a major comeback in early 2001 with a new patriotic song penned by Dr. George Simon, 'America, My Home,' which exploded in popularity after the attacks of September 11. Tripp was asked by then Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee to perform the song in a patriotic event that also featured recording artist Tracy Lawrence at the Riverfront Amphitheatre before a crowd of 25,000 who gave Tripp a standing ovation.

The event was also carried by regional ABC affiliates, featured on CNN, and the song was played over the Armed Forces Radio Network. After performing 'America, My Home' for thousands throughout the state, including many military groups and bases during 2002, a corporate sponsor flew Tripp the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas to perform the song in a program that included former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Democratic advisor James Carville. Tripp's performance for the packed crowd served as a tribute to the Columbia astronauts whose craft had crashed hours earlier.

Tripp has recently connected with 60s folk and pop legend Jimmie Rodgers (of 'Honeycomb' fame). Rogers, who had more than three dozen chart singles, including 'Kisses Sweeter Than Wine,' 'Child of Clay,' and the popular ballad, 'It's Over,' approached Tripp about recording an album of yet unrecorded original songs.

Also an accomplished magician recently inducted into Ring 29 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM),Tripp continues to perform in the central Arkansas area and has entered his fourth year as a featured entertainer at The Wyndham Hotel of North Little Rock AR, where he performs music and magic three nights per week in the facility's Riverfront Steakhouse. 
Purchase Ricky David Tripp's CD: Anthem for the Millennium

Purchase Ricky David Tripp's CD: Anthem for the Millennium

Email Dr. George Simon about "America, My Home!" and/or visit his site for more information

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