Information About My Country 'tis Of Thee
"My Country, "Tis of Thee" is also known as "America". It is an American patriotic song and was used as a de facto national anthem during the 19th century before the adoption of "The Star-Spangled Banner". If the melody sounds familiar that's because it was taken from the British national anthem "God Save The Queen".
The lyrics for "My Country "tis Of Thee" were written in 1850 by Samuel Joe Smith and the complete song was first performed in public on July 4, 1831.
The song was sung by Aretha Franklin at the inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 20th 2009.