America Is My Home

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"America Is My Home - Pt. 1"
Single by James Brown
B-side "America Is My Home - Pt. 2"
Released 1968 (1968)
Format 7"
Recorded 1967
Genre Soul
Length
  • 3:15 (Pt. 1)
  • 3:20 (Pt. 2)
Label King
6112
Writer(s)
  • James Brown
  • Hayward E. Moore
Producer(s) James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"Licking Stick – Licking Stick (Part 1)"
(1968)
"America Is My Home"
(1968)
"I Guess I'll Have to Cry, Cry, Cry"
(1968)

"America Is My Home" is a patriotic song written by James Brown and Hayward E. Moore. Brown recorded it in 1967 in response to increasing criticism of the Vietnam War by black leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Stokely Carmichael. Brown speaks rather than sings the words of the song over an instrumental backing. The lyrics affirm that "America is still the best country, without a doubt" and claim "black and white, they may fight, but if the enemy come we'll get together and run 'em out of sight."[1] Brown delayed the song's release until the summer of 1968 when he thought the timing was right. It charted #13 R&B and #52 Pop.[2] He followed it later that year with "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, R.J. (2012). The One: The Life and Music of James Brown, 194-195, 206-208. New York: Gotham Books.
  2. ^ White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.