Jimmy Joe Lee’s ‘America the Beautiful’ goes viral

Santa Cruz County singer/songwriter Jimmy Joe Lee has done something audacious: He’s written new lyrics to the beloved American hymn “America the Beautiful.”

Lee’s new recording of the song, with the old “purple mountain’s majesty” lyrics and his new verses, is now on YouTube and attracting a lot of attention. Whether you’re an Obama Backer or a Palinista (or neither), you’ll probably be moved by the simple and elegant new song.

And, if “America the Beautiful” becomes the new national anthem, Mr. Lee could be a star.

Check it out.

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