America - Neil Diamond
Song Lyrics, Chart History, Artist Information

  • Written & originally recorded by Neil Diamond (born 1/24/41 in Brooklyn NY)
  • Diamond attended Brooklyn's Erasmus High School, where he was in the chorus with another star to be, Barbara Streisand, yet they didn't really know each other until years later 
  • He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame in 1984
  • The song is from the 1981 movie The Jazz Singer starring Neil Diamond, Sir Laurence Olivier, and Lucie Arnaz
  • The song reached # 8 on the Top 40 charts in 1981
  • The album The Jazz Singer reached #3 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart
  • A popular song with a strong patriotic message of hope and opportunity
  • What Neil Diamond says of the song - "To me, it is the story of my grandparents. It's my gift to them, and it's very real for me. Maybe that's why it became so popular. It wasn't thought out or intellectualized, just sheer emotion. In a way, it speaks to the immigrant in all of us. That's what makes it so easy to empathize with the song."

Other Songs by Neil Diamond Performed by Oracle:

Song Lyrics - America

Far, we've been traveling far
Without a home, but not without a star
Free, only want to be free
We huddle close and hang on to that dream

On the boats and on the planes
They're coming to America
Never looking back again
They're coming to America

Home, don't it seem so far away
Oh, we're traveling light today
In the eye of the storm
In the eye of the storm

Home, it's a new and shining place
Make our bed and we'll say our grace
Freedom's light burning warm
Freedom's light burning warm

Everywhere around the world
They're coming to America
Every time that flag's unfurled
They're coming to America
They're coming to America

Got a dream to take them there
They're coming to America
Got a dream, they come to share
They're coming to America

They're coming to America
They're coming to America
They're coming to America
They're coming to America

Today, Today, Today…

Note that the lyrics posted here are those as interpreted and performed by The Oracle Band. In a few cases we have taken some liberties with the lyrics to make them more appropriate for tasteful gatherings. Their use here is intended as an aid for people in selecting music for their wedding reception or private party, and may not be reproduced for any commercial, for-profit use.

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The Jazz Singer

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The Jazz Singer 25th Anniversary Edition DVD Neil Diamond is a better singer than he is an actor.  Interestingly this doesn't really inhibit this story of  the son of a young Jewish cantor striving to make a career in the music industry. Perhaps in part to the power and presence of Sir Laurence Olivier as his rigid father, the movie will hold you all the way to the end


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