Battle Hymn of the Republic

Roger McGuinn

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Released May 14, 2009
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In October of 2000, Camilla and I were on a tour, driving up the East Coast. We stopped in Beaufort, South Carolina because that was where she was born. Camilla went for a walk down a tree lined street in her old hometown and found herself at the church where her mother had been baptized. It was a sentimental time for her, because her mother had just passed away a few months earlier. In the church, she picked up a hymnal. As she was browsing through it, the pastor walked in. She told him about being born there, and that his was the church which her mother had attended. He graciously gave her the hymnal as a remembrance of her mother and Beaufort. After the September 11, 2001 disaster, I was looking for a song that would fit the feeling in America. Camilla picked up the hymnal and found this. The arrangement with the contrapuntal background parts is one that she remembers from her youth. We recorded this in Dublin, Ohio on Camilla’s 50th birthday, with our friend Bill Lee on background vocals.
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carlatman Feb 10, 2014

HI Roger Love your music and esp. your version of Battle Hymn of the republic. My husband wrote a book that is going to be an audio book. We would love to use some clips from your song for the audio book. Happy to buy the album but would need your written permission for the music. the book is on amazon The Lives of Carl Atman. Thanks for your considerations. lynn walker

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