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That's America To Me..... by Paul Gitto


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Photo: Manchester Township High School Graduation
Manchester NJ

Title is from the song sung by Frank Sinatra
The House I live In

This became a patriotic anthem in America during World War II. The lyrics describe the wonderful things about the country, with images of the era like the grocer, the butcher, and the churchyard. The “house” is a metaphor for the country.

The song was written in 1943 with lyrics by Abel Meeropol and music by Earl Robinson. Meeropol, who wrote it under the pen name Lewis Allan, had very liberal views and mixed feelings about America. He loved the constitutional rights and freedoms that America was based on, but hated the way people of other races, religions, and political views were often treated. His lyrics do not reflect the way he thought America was, but what it had the potential to be. With the country under attack, he wanted to express why it was worth fighting for.

Meeropol was dogged by the government for his liberal (some would say communist) views……………..
Sinatra loved this song and performed it many times, even as his political views moved from left to right as he got older. As an Italian-American, Sinatra experienced bigotry growing up, but also loved the United States……………..
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Paul is an avid nature enthusiast, bible scholar, astronomer, astrophotographer and has been a planetarium operator/lecturer at The Robert J. Novins Planetarium.
Paul’s nature photography includes Wildlife, Atmospheric Optics , Sunsets, the Pine Barrens and various other objects pertaining to hidden beauty found in nature.

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  • Anne Gitto
    Anne Gittoover 5 years ago

    Thanks for the memories. America the beautiful.

  • Thanks Anne!
    Always had nice weather there!

    – Paul Gitto

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 5 years ago

    I love the commentary. I often long for simpler times.Nice work, Paul. xx

  • Thanks Lori!
    I luv that song too.

    – Paul Gitto

  • Donna Adamski
    Donna Adamskiover 5 years ago

    Great song and description…football, apple pie and Chevrolet!! :)

  • Exactly!

    – Paul Gitto

    JADEAJLANIover 5 years ago


  • Thank you!

    – Paul Gitto

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    great, very good

  • Thanks!

    – Paul Gitto

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 5 years ago

    What a very great Gathering, & the information is what it should be, very informative,

    Thank you.

  • Thanks Malcolm!

    – Paul Gitto

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago

    great capture

  • Thanks again!

    – Paul Gitto

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