Jefferson And Liberty

Words & Music:

Traditional Irish Tune/American Lyric Variation


This song refers to the contentious election of 1800 & the people’s feelings for President-Elect Thomas Jefferson.  Many people felt that laws passed during President Adams' administration, particularly the Alien & Sedition Acts, had infringed on their constitutional rights.  These people looked to Jefferson as a symbol of freedom from oppressive government. Jefferson was elected in what has been called the "Revolution of 1800."


Em                                             D

The gloomy night before us flies, the reign of terror now is o'er;

    Em                                         B7             Em

Its gags, inquisitors, and spies, its herds of harpies are no more!



Em                        G                                   D

Rejoice! Columbia's sons, rejoice!  To tyrants never bend the knee!

     Em        D                 G            Am           B7   Em

But, join with heart and soul and voice, for Jefferson and Liberty!


No lordling here, with gorging jaws shall wring from industry the food;

Nor fiery bigot's holy laws lay waste our fields and streets in blood.




Here strangers, from a thousand shores compelled by tyranny to roam,

Shall find, amidst abundant stores a nobler and a happier home.




Here art shall lift her laureled head, wealth, industry, and peace divine;

And where dark, pathless forests spread, rich fields and lofty cities shine.




His country's glory, hope, and stay, in virtue and in talents tried,

Now rises to assume the sway, o'er freedom's temple to preside.




From Europe's wants and woes remote, a friendly waste of waves between,

Here plenty cheers the humblest cot, and smiles on every village green.




Here free as air, expanded space, to every soul and sect shall be

That sacred privilege of our race the worship of the Deity.




Let foes to freedom dread the name; but should they touch the sacred tree,

Twice fifty thousand swords would flame for Jefferson and Liberty.




From Georgia to Lake Champlain, from seas to Mississippi's shore,

Ye sons of freedom loud proclaim the reign of terror is no more.





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