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Watch Celtic Woman Perform O, America!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Welcome to 'O, America!' from Celtic Woman

In tribute to pursuing the American dream and due to overwhelming demand from our fans, Celtic Woman are delighted to announce that we will release the inspiring and emotional song 'O, America!' as a digital download and ringtune on June 23rd.

'O, America!' was written by Brendan Graham and William Joseph exclusively for Celtic Woman. It has been a highlight of our current 75-date Isle of Hope US concert tour.

As our youngest member Chloe explained at a recent concert,

"'O, America!' is a dedication to you to thank you for being the first country to embrace us as Celtic Woman. We feel as though we are part of your family now and for that we are very honored and proud. You are our true inspiration!"

As your new President Barack Obama eloquently said 'We know that there are some things we can't do on our own. We know that there are some things we do better together'

So tell us here how Celtic Woman and the song O America! has inspired you and maybe your words will inspire others.

70 comments:

  1. Chloe's introduction to the song is beautiful and moving. No one could deliver that lovely statement as charmingly as she does.

    But really, shouldn't the title be "Oh, America," not "O America?"

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    1. Punctuation... Is the following plagiarism ?

      O, Messiah you're calling,
      I can hear YOU calling me:
      YOU are calling me to be true to THEE,
      True to THEE I will be.
      O, Israel you're weeping,
      Let ME heal your wounded heart.
      I will keep you in MY keeping,
      Till there be a new start.
      And I will answer you, and I will take your hand,
      And lead you to the SON:
      And I will stand by you do all that I can do,
      And WE will be as one.
      O, Israel I hear you,
      From your prairies to the sea,
      From your mountains grand, and all through this land,
      You are beautiful to me.
      And O, Messiah you're calling,
      I can hear YOU calling me:
      YOU are calling me to be true to THEE,
      True to THEE I will be.
      And I will answer you, and I will take your hand,
      And lead you to the SON:
      And I will stand by you do all that I can do,
      And WE will be as one.
      O, Immanuel you're calling
      I will ever answer THEE.

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    2. Punctuation... Is the following plagiarism ?

      O, Messiah you're calling,
      I can hear YOU calling me:
      YOU are calling me to be true to THEE,
      True to THEE I will be.
      O, Israel you're weeping,
      Let ME heal your wounded heart.
      I will keep you in MY keeping,
      Till there be a new start.
      And I will answer you, and I will take your hand,
      And lead you to the SON:
      And I will stand by you do all that I can do,
      And WE will be as one.
      O, Israel I hear you,
      From your prairies to the sea,
      From your mountains grand, and all through this land,
      You are beautiful to me.
      And O, Messiah you're calling,
      I can hear YOU calling me:
      YOU are calling me to be true to THEE,
      True to THEE I will be.
      And I will answer you, and I will take your hand,
      And lead you to the SON:
      And I will stand by you do all that I can do,
      And WE will be as one.
      O, Immanuel you're calling
      I will ever answer THEE.

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  2. I had heard from forum members about this fantastic song and it really moved me the first time I saw it on you tube. Can't wait for the download.

    It is a fantastic song and deserving to be played everywhere.

    Jim

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  3. Just another classy act from CW Ltd !! Way to go!!

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  5. This song is guaranteed to produce shivers and even a few tears....it is breathtaking!

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  6. "O America" is fabulous in so many ways. These women demostrate so easily their love for America...seems as though they love America more than us Americans do. When I heard them sing this song at their concert, they were overflowing with emotion; I could feel it so strongly. I usually don't get emotional about patriotic songs, but this one is definitely an exception. Celtic Woman is a wonderful group, and they put all they have into this song. AMAZING!

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  7. Thank you Celtic Woman for making "Oh America" available.

    I first had the pleasure of experiencing this song in Evansville and after repeat performances in Chicago and Louisville, I was hooked.

    This is one of the highlights for me with the current "Isle of Hope" tour and hope that everyone has the opportunity to experience "Oh America" live, this is a very emotionally charged song.

    Thanks again,



    Tom "Thomas" Troxil
    PS, I cannot wait for the "Isle of Hope" tour to visit Ohio in June

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  8. This song is amazing! I don't know how they do it, but Celtic Woman is able to reach in and touch my heart with every song they sing. When I hear this song I am reminded to be a better person and do my best in all that I do. What a huge gift Celtic Woman along with Brendan Graham and William Joseph have given us. Thank you all.

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  9. I first saw C.W. a few years ago. And the music struck me as so beautiful, I was brought to tears.
    That had never happened before, with music. Since then, I have seen C.W. in concert now 3 times, and I have met a group of people, I now consider part of my family.
    To say these Dear Ladies have had a profound effect on my life, is an understatement. I have felt so indebted to them, and now comes “Oh America.” And, I am again brought to tears.
    To the ladies, and to everyone that is and has ever, been involved with this incredible group.
    From the deepest depths of my heart...
    Thank you.
    Sincerely & respectfully yours,
    Glenn, A.K.A. The Rotten Rebel
    Proud Member of The Mairead Nesbitt Forum

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  10. O, America is a beautiful, inspirational tribute to our great country. It's touching to hear such a heartfelt testament to our spirit, especially from a group from another country. In a difficult time for us, I hope that all Americans remember to exhibit the strength, pride and honor attributed to us in this song.

    Looking forward to this week's concert in WPB!

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  11. I just wanted to express my heartfelt thank you for this song and video! I first heard the song at the Chicago shows, and this song just hits the emotional and patriot heart of all Americans. Thank You.

    God Bless You All

    Melanie aka Mel

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  12. The despora of Eire welcome Celtic Woman and thank you for such a moving and elegant presentation that honours our country. In an era of music that reflects the often hard and cold sides of our society, it is refreshing to hear voices that pay tribute to a land that begrudgingly accepted the Irish yet reaped the rewards of their efforts. As the Irish saved Europes history from the dark ages, the Celtic Woman tours remind America of our heritage and that beauty exists in many forms. A standing ovation is deserved and freely given to Celtic Woman.

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  13. I first saw C.W. because a friend of mine show me a video of Mairead playing The Butterfly, and I play violin too (not so good as she does, but I try). Obviously, I couldn't believe in my eyes. How could a violinist play and dance like her? After, I looked for more information about that group, and ran to get the DVD. The first DVD I saw was A New Journey, and Caledonia still makes me cry. This song is beatiful as Lisa.
    I just have see O America, and if I was there, watching that show, I would cry too. Such an amazing song! Congratulations for you. Hope you keep doing songs that makes me love even more my violin, and celtic music.

    Raquelxxx

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  14. Oh, just a little comment: come to São Paulo, Brazil, for God's sake! Me and my mates are desperate to see you! I believe you would be a great success here.

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  15. just 2 things to say beautifull song and well done

    greatings from belgium
    kat

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  16. I feel the most emotional part of the song "O America" is that it is delivered by four women who are Irish. All American's came from somewhere else around the world. Each of us have a history that goes back to some Grandparent making the difficult journey to a land that provided "Hope" of a better life for their posterity.
    It hit home even harder for myself and for those who joined me at the concert in Utah. I'm a fifth generation Utahn. My family was driven here after years of persecution because of their religious beliefs. Even though we live in a country were we have the right to believe how and what we want to. Our Country in it's infancy has lacked the ability to exercise tolerance toward one another for our differences. Something that even day is still difficult.
    But - what unites us as a country is that we are a melting pot. We are made up of people from all over this world. And the vast majority of us still remember the blood sacrifices made for us to continue to live in a Country filled with freedom. The song "O America" draws our hearts together, it unites us and helps us remember once again that our freedom was bought on the backs of those willing to loose their lives for us, and those willing to sacrifice their homeland, their roots, and all they had to come to this land and start with nothing so that we may have everthing.
    Is the song "O America" inspiring? Absolutely! Absolutely!

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  17. What can you NOT say about this song, this group of extrodinary women? Forgive me, my Grammer is not the greatest. When i first walked into the Isle of Hope tour i stopped dead in shock and wonder. The set was so simply elegant(trust me that was an illusion nothing "simple" about it) When this song came on, as with many others, i ound tears slipping down my cheeks half unnoticed. Some songs made me laugh, some obviously made me cry, if one listens to Celtic Woman for aught else, there is power in the words they sing, or play. i've heard Meiread called the Faerie Fiddler and i must wholeheartedly agree. If i could, i would go back and see them almost every night. i'm sure i wouldn't get tired of it but they might. This song is incredibly moving, as well as the title track, Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears. Thank you, to Celtic Woman, their crew, staff, and for me down in here in cajun country thank you LPB. Because of all of the hard work put into this show, i had a time i shall never forget. My first true concert. THank you all again.

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  18. I cried the first night I heard it in concert (At the Fox in Atlanta)during your tour, and I still do each time I head it. That, and "Isle of hope" were very special that night, and always will be. God's speed in all you do! THANKS!!

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  19. Celtic Woman is a household name for us. We saw them in concert here in Dallas last year with our two oldest children, and again this year my husband and I went. When they sang the song O America it brought with it such emotions and tears to my eyes of gratitude. It truely touched our souls. I am excited to view it again and relive the beautiful song they sang. They are an incredibly talented group. The pictures and music put together brought my heartfelt emotions of my ancestors to life. It gave me strength to hear their words sung for us, the U.S. It was wonderful to get support from one country to another. Thank you Celtic Woman!!

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  20. I think this was the most beutiful songs I have ever heard... When I saw Celtic Woman this year in Seattle, there was not a dry eye in the house.... it captures our wonderful country and what we are... thank you for understanding the "dream" of America and I think O America is so breathtaking... I hope you will release it as a single or place it on a CD... Thank you Celtic Woman for your haunting voices and such a tribute to this wonderful Country!!!! THANK YOU

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  21. I get shivers and tears every time O, America is played. I saw Celtic Woman for the first time this year in St. Paul, MN, with my mom. Chloe introduced the song, and I knew right away it would be special. That doesn't even describe its awesomeness. We silently wept, and I saw many tears around me, too. Celtic Woman you continue the great honor and legacy of the people of Ireland. I listen in utter humility that you would have a song written just for America, her people. Thank you for sharing your heart with us; you have hit a nerve deep within me. As a former US Marine, I am so proud of you, and the United States of America.

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  22. My husband and I were at the concert in Pittsburgh on March 3rd and were overwhelmed by this beautiful song that was introduced to the audience by Chloe. Our hearts were truly touched, I had goosebumps and was moved to tears.(I'M PROUD THAT I'M IRISH!) The standing ovation you received truly showed the love that the American people have for all of you. May God keep all of you in His Tender Care ALWAYS!!! We have attended every concert that you have performed in Pittsburgh and plan on continuing that tradition...as long as you continue to do so;-) You're in our thoughts and prayers...We love ya!! God Bless!!!

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  23. "O America" is a fantastic song and is so incredibly beautiful! The ladies sing it with so much passion and emotion and I really love hearing it. Thank you CW for this great song!

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  24. I have a link to YouTube and the video on our WEB site. I also have this comment:
    "Perhaps this tribute by the (CW) will help to inspire all of us in the USA in spite of the "problems" we see here."

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  25. Incredible song with meaning for all of us with the blessing of a heritage in this great country.. So, many have worked and struggled for freedom.. I think this song sums it up for us. Thanks to CW for singing this song.

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  26. A wonderful salute to America in song from a group we have come to love and count among our blessings when they grace our shores, as at present. See the show if you haven't and watch for the DVD/CD when it comes out later this year! We ought bless their every effort, as they have blessed us. John/Starman

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  27. I love Celtic Woman! You sound like Angels. I first saw you on a PBS station and immediately fell for you. I have your CD's and catch you on TV whenever I can. Your new song O America is as beautiful as all your songs with the excellence we have come to love. I would love to own it.That being said I don't understand the last line"... I will never answer you". Am I hearing it wrong? Am I missing something?

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  28. I meant "... I will never answer thee".

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  29. My wife and I fell in love with the music of Celtic Woman when we first saw the group on PBS two years ago. We have taped each of their concerts on PBS since then, and we enjoy listening to them again and again. Ladies, you are truly a musical "breath of fresh air" in our lives. We just heard the song "O America" on You Tube today for the first time, and we were deeply moved. Thank you for this gift to the land we love!

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  30. My best friend and I saw you in March in Baltimore, Md. It was our first concert to see your group. I loved you from the beginning and I will always be a Celtic Woman fan. Your music is so beautiful and inspiring and I hope and pray that you come out with an "Isle of Hope" CD. Continued luck with your success.....Jean from Pa.

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  31. One of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard sung in a concert! It brings a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye everytime. Thank you, Celtic Woman , for this salute to America. We love you!!

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  32. I have always been proud to be an American. I have also always been proud of my Irish heritage. This song brings the past, present together, and gives hope for the future. Thank you to Brendan Graham and William Joseph Schwartz for writing such a beautiful song. Thank you to Celtic Woman for giving life to this amazing song. Thank God, I was able to experience this one in person. Thank you youtube-I can play O America over and over and over…

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  33. Celtic Woman is the only event that I look forward to from year to year.
    As Celtic Woman was performing “O, America”, the tears just started streaming down my face.

    For the last eight years I have felt incredible anger about 9/11, the former administration, the economy, and have worried about whether I will continue to having a job. What I have realized is all this pent up anger is covering up an incredible deep sadness for me and all Americans. “America is weeping.”

    What Celtic Woman has done, through their incredible talent and brilliance, is splintered that anger and dipped into the deep pocket of sadness. They are choosing to honor us and our struggles; followed by the comfort they offer through this song.

    These beautifully talented young women heal the wounds through song!
    I believe dealing with this sadness is the only way to heal personally and as a nation! THANK YOU CELTIC WOMAN!!
    Love, Janean

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  34. This song made me cry it was so beautiful. Chloe's introduction was just beautiful. It makes me wish that Celtic Woman was coming back to Buffalo, NY this year!!!!!!!

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  35. “…we have set up a special Celtic Woman 'O America' blog where we would like you to tell us how the song 'O, America!' has affected or inspired you and maybe your words will inspire others to become fans of Celtic Woman...."
    The above statement almost prevented me from listening. So I am going to blame the "lame" producers and thank talent & production. Thanks

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  36. WOW! Heard that song last night in Charlotte and OMG! What a song! Way to go guys! I loved it so much! Can't wait to hear it again! Thanks!

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  37. Every time we see Celtic Woman, we have come to expect nothing but the very best from them. Yet somehow, every time we see them, they are better still, than ever before. Better still, than we have even come to expect. "Oh America" is just more proof of that. How they keep getting better, I can't explain it. But, they do. When I first saw CW perform "Oh America" live on this current Tour, no different than anyone else in the audience, I'm sure, it brought tears to my eyes. Tears of joy. And tears of love. All can can say now is, you just want to take Alex, Chloe, Lisa, Lynn and Mairead and hug them. And with tears in your eyes, thank them. For what they have brought to us. For what they have given us over the past 5 years. They have always been and, they will always remain ... our Angels. ... Bill

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  38. Everytime I think that Celtic Woman can't outdo themselves....they do! O America is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, and one of the most patriotic songs ever. Being friends with Lisa and Chloe, I can attest to the fact that they really DO have an enormous love for our country. Lisa has told me how she cried on 9/11 and what a profound impact that day had on her. Thanks to David Downes for his great interpretation!

    It would only be fitting if CW was allowed to perform this song at the 4th of July concert at the U.S. Capitol!!

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  39. Such a great song and exquisetly performed!

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  40. I would just like to Thank YOU Celtic Woman,the writers and those lovely ladies for this song to America.Thank you all for bringing your group,CHLOE,LISA K., MAIREAD,LYNN AND ALEX,AND ALL YOUR MUSICIAL GROUP TO AMERICA.I do hope you will bring your group back very Soon!MOVE HERE IN THE USA,THAT'S WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE,but I know home is where the heart is.Anyway I would like to say and I am only one person,You are always Welcome in AMERICA!NOW TO THE SONG O'AMERICA,YOU ALL HAVE OUT DONE YOUR SELF AGAIN AND YOU HAVE INSPIRED BY ALL MEANS ALL AMERICIANS WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL SONG!I will be at the Tulsa,OK concert to see these Beautiful ladies and if Celtic Woman would I would just like to meet the ladies just once!CHLOE,BEAUTIFUL SINGER,SHE WILL TOUCH YOU WITH EVERY SONG SHE SINGS,LISA K;LOVELY BY ALL MEANS,AND SHE IS THE VOICE!;MAIREAD,WHERE IN THE WORLD DID YOU FIND THIS BEAUTIFUL ARTIST AND DON'T LET HER GET AWAY FROM THE GROUP;LYNN AND ALEX ARE BOTH LOVELY SINGERS,I HAVE NOT SEEN MUCH OF THESE LADIES,BUT WILL IN TULSA,OK AND ARE A GREAT PART OF THE GROUP.O'AMERICA #1 ON MY LIST!I COULD WRITE ON AND ON ABOUT CELTIC WOMAN AND WHAT THEY HAVE BROUGHT TO AMERICA.THANK YOU,THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH!''BOBBY J. HOWELL''EMAIL,BOBJHO30@GMAIL.COM,ANYTIME.JUST LOVELY,ALWAYS!

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  41. I agree with Cato's Texas Perspective, in that CW should sing this song in Washington, D.C on the 4th!

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  42. At times I have been so discouraged with the world's (seemingly) negative view and hatred of America. This song, revives my soul and gives me hope. Thank GOD, for this song and CW, who make one believe they really mean it! Is it any wonder you are so beloved in America?!!

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  43. A lot of people get patriotic when they hear a song extolling America, which is a good thing; it's always desirable to be proud of your homeland, whatever its faults may be. I have my own (very good) reasons, as an American, not to be caught up in this tune's overall message or get all weepy-eyed over it. That said, the lyrics are quite nice, the melody exquisite, and the ladies sing this tune as they do all others: perfectly. They're deserving of the acclaim; it's good of CW to thank a nation for propelling them into stardom. Jolly good job, ladies... :)

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  44. You can now buy the video of "Oh America" from Itunes!

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  45. O, America is an amazing song, it really tugs at your heart strings. :)

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  46. Heard "O, America" in Trenton last night -- and it brought this grizzled, old rocker to tears. Kudos! Thanks for this song.

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  47. You can now buy it off of Itunes. I play this song over and over throughout the day.

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  48. after seeing the isle oh hope tour in baltimore on 3/18 and this song is being performed my 15 year old daughter looks over at me and says are you crying dad? sitting in the front row in philadelphia on 6/21 and listening to this song i look over at my daughter and she is wiping away tears. this is the kind of effect this song and cw have on people.hopefully after good morning america on 6/30, everyone will have that oppurtunity. also thanks to the band and chorus who are a vital part of the tour and group.

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  49. Equal shares of my genetic material come from Ireland, Scotland and England. This morning as I watched these impressive young women on Good Morning America, it made me want to run to my closet and find a green shirt. I'm so proud of my clan that came here from Ireland.

    I checked their website and sadly found no tours available here in Texas. I hope some day, perhaps they would consider a concert in Shamroock, Texas.

    Sterling
    www.HighAboveTexas.com

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  50. Great Job Girls at singing this song on GMA so early in the morning!

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  51. Does anyone know the lines that were quoted by a woman at the very beginning of the concert? I really would like to obtain them. Were they from a song or a poem?
    Thank You
    Randy in Richmond
    randy4sam@yahoo.com

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  52. To Janean/May 28th:
    I respect your right to comment as you desire but please do not represent that you speak for 'all Americans'. I'm sorry you have only one event to look forward to from year to year and for your anger as expressed. However,this wonderful song does 'not' say America is weeping and I suspect there are many Americans who do not have a deep sadness or view the history of this great country, as you say you do.

    Randy in Richmond

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  53. Celtic Woman will be singing this song on Sunday the 5th on The Today Show Live at the Plaza! Tune in to watch this amazing performance!

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  54. This is a GREAT song,... phenomenal job Brendan and William. The gals deliver every time I see them! I am a singer who sits in wonderment when I listen to them no matter what they might be singing at the time. Best wishes and many thanks to ALL of you for lending us your talents.

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  55. “When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably."

    I felt pride and gratitude to see and hear Celtic Woman perform O America. They’ve always had the ability to tap into those currents than flow deep in us. Beautiful song, quite moving.

    We’ve always been a nation of dreamers. The quote above is from a man who knew how to realize his dreams. He believed that courage and consistency were so important. He encouraged others to pursue their dreams.

    He gave us a little guy named Mickey and believed in a young girl named Annette. And like many in America he had ancestors that emigrated from Ireland. And, like many, he often failed, but always persisted.

    Songwriter Robert B. Sherman said about the last time he saw Walt Disney:

    “He was up in the third floor of the animation building after a run-through of The Happiest Millionaire. He usually held court in the hallway afterward for the people involved with the picture. And he started talking to them, telling them what he liked and what they should change, and then, when they were through, he turned to us and with a big smile, he said, 'Keep up the good work, boys.' And he walked to his office. It was the last we ever saw of him.”

    The image I will remember from this song is after Celtic Woman performed it. In silence, standing tall, a solemn moment. Reflecting a certain strength like this lady we call America.

    She yearns to be fought for. To be pursued for her ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. She has an adventure to share.

    It is easy to take freedom for granted. Thanks to all the men and women who served in our military to protect our country and preserve our freedoms.

    Thank you Celtic Woman for performing this song. I hope you come back again and again.

    I believe in you too. Without question.

    To borrow Walt’s words, “Keep up the good work, girls.”

    I’ll leave with a few words John Denver once sang:


    Dream of a bright tomorrow
    Know that your dream will come true
    Carry your dream in a sparkling crystal jar
    Then you will know the kind of gift you are

    Make believe this is the first day
    Everything all brand new
    Make believe that the sun is your own lucky star
    And then understand the kind of gift you are


    Like a candle in the night. You are a gift to us. Thanks so much.

    Lester

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  56. Bravo to all concerned regarding this song! the creators of it were truly inspired, and the artists who perform it simply could not be better ambassadors.

    When I first heard this at the dress rehearsal in Evansville I was immediately moved by it. In the 17 shows I attended subsequently I have never been failed to be moved to tears.

    You are a part of our family and many of us feel very much a part of yours. Thank you for this lovely tribute and for sharing it and the gifts of the artists involved with each of us.

    God's blessings, Scott

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  57. I love you girls. Your voices are beautiful, your performances are classy and inspirational. Thank you for this song, and thank you for joy you bring to my day, being able to listen to you sing!

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  58. I wish I could have the privilege to hear it from your beautiful voices...
    Here in Montreal, Quebec, Canada!!!!

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  59. I love your music so much, and certainly this song. It touched me in the deepest of my heart. I may only be 15, but I appreciate your songs and voices very much...
    Keep going on like this!
    A big hug from Griet, Belgium.

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  60. My Great Grandparents immigrated from Ireland. Their journey was filled with heartache and trials. In the end, the journey brought them hope for the future, prosperity and pride in America. Your song ‘O, America’ brings me full circle. Though I have never been to Ireland personally (though dream to), I have always felt a kindred spirit with Ireland ,my families native land and a deep love for my country. This song and your performance of it honors us all.
    Thank you so much

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  61. Dearest Alex, Chloe, Lisa, Lynn, Mairead, and David:

    Your ancestors and mine, came to America to experience justice, insure peace, and secure freedom for our children and their children's children. As your song so beautifully implies, we have both joy and pain in our struggles (as you have read in the comments, in our country, one's burden may be another's joy). But we are all seeking a peace that transcends our religious, economic and political diversity. This song and your music, as well as your continual “good-will mission” to us through your concert tours, continue to remind us how fortunate we are to live in this great land.

    My great-grandfather left Ireland and came to America for economic reasons, and married a first-generation Irish beauty on these shores. Their daughter married a man whose father was Scottish, and whose mother was a Native American – a Cherokee princess. The stories they choose to remember and tell, are not about bloodshed and hopelessness, but about sacrifice and hope in their pursuit of freedom and happiness.

    You renew their dreams and ours when you transcend our diversity with a music, an experience, and an attitude that serves to unite us rather than divide us. You have been adopted by us because of your love, sincerity and appreciation for our land, and the for the healing power of your words and songs. May God Bless Your Lives. With love and more, Brian

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  62. I heard this song for the first time just moments ago on your DVD Songs from the heart. I wept. Thank you for so graciously sharing it.

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  63. With Obama (America"s greatest experiment gone wrong) we Americans are really scared of every new day with Obama as president. This song really fits the mood of all Americans right now, What a beautiful song, Thank-you so much.

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  64. This song is beautiful. I play it over and over again. And as a Canadian, I am so touched that Celtic Woman would stay true and remember those who have put them where they are today.

    I wish you would spend more time in Canada, and let us enjoy you more!

    Chloe, Lisa and Mairead you are a wonderful foundation to a sound that has become so well known. My children even recognised a song being played at the mall the other day as you!

    Lynn, you were a fantastic addition,as was Alex... and Alex you will be missed and I hope you will be around again soon whether with CW or on your own.

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  65. You girls are GREAT! I'm a veteran of the U.S. Army and your song Oh America made me cry. Thank You so much for the great music.

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  66. I weep through every Celtic Woman performance that I see. When they sing O America, I am thinking about all of the wounded Americans through history: the indigenous aboriginal Americans who were here before America existed; the Americans who were once loyal to Britain, France, or Spain and who had to change loyalty by force or by choice to a bold new nation backed by nothing more tangible than hope and faith; the Americans who ancestors were chained and bound in the cargo hold of a slave ship and brought to an America that they did not choose; the Americans who chose to break away and form a separate American nation and the Americans who fought against them to preserve the original union of states with tremendous loss of life on both sides of the conflict; the Americans who chose to be Americans only because their original nations were destroyed by famine or war; and all the other wounded Americans whose ancestors were forced to be American through circumstances beyond their control, and whose pain and sorrow have been passed down from generation to generation. I see this song as a plea to let our broken hearts be healed and let us truly unite as one nation and one people.

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  67. What a beautiful song. I agree that the emotion is palpable. American has changed so much it hurts. When I heard this song all I could think was that shes calling her people to hold true to her and all she stands for. I can only pray this happens. This song gives me hope. Thank you ladies. I love my country and you. A very special and sincere thanks to Brendan Graham and William Joseph for writing a song that expresses something that I myself could not put into words. Something that shows only in love and tears.

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  68. I'm proud to be an American. You don't have to be. If you don't like it, I'm sorry. I didn't say America is perfect, I know it's not. But I'm still proud to call this country home. "I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free, and I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me."

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