These light-hearted yet moving alternative lyrics to "God Bless America" remind us that patriotism isn't merely a grand feeling. It requires questing, desire, and the determination to manifest an ideal.

Hold Tight, Democracy is written and sung by Micah Bucey, a regular contributor to Spirituality & Practice.

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Hold Tight, Democracy
(God Bless America)

Hold tight, Democracy.
We’re on our way.
Yeah, we lost you. We tossed you
To the trash. We were rash. Now, we pay.
But forget it. We regret it.
Now, we’re seeking your remains.
Find us, Democracy!
Heal hearts and pains.
Find us, Democracy!
And bring our brains!

More Democracy Songs

Democracy, the Vulnerable ("America, the Beautiful")
My Sweet Democracy ("My Country, 'Tis of Thee")
Oh, Democracy, Where Are You? ("The Battle Hymn of the Republic")