Written by Neil Diamond (1980)
1 Far 21 Everywhere around the world
2 We've been traveling far 22 They're coming to America
3 Without a home 23 Every time that flag's unfurled
4 But not without a star 24 They're coming to America
5 Free 25 Got a dream to take them there
6 Only want to be free 26 They're coming to America
7 We huddle close 27 Got a dream they've come to share
8 Hang on to a dream 28 They're coming to America
9 On the boats and on the planes 29 They're coming to America
10 They're coming to America 30 They're coming to America
11 Never looking back again 31 They're coming to America
12 They're coming to America 32 They're coming to America
33 Today, today, today, today, today
13 Home, don't it seem so far away
14 Oh, we're traveling light today 34 My country 'tis of thee
15 In the eye of the storm 35 Today
16 In the eye of the storm 36 Sweet land of liberty
17 Home, to a new and a shiny place 38 Of thee I sing
18 Make our bed, and we'll say our grace 39 Today
19 Freedom's light burning warm 40 Of thee I sing
20 Freedom's light burning warm 41 Today
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"America" (also known as "They're Coming to America" or "Coming to America") is the
name of a patriotic song written and originally recorded by Neil Diamond, released in 1980 as
part of The Jazz Singer soundtrack album. The song was a hit single in the United States in 1981,
reaching number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming Diamond's sixth number one on
the Adult Contemporary chart. Although the single version was a studio recording, it sounds live
because of crowd overdubs in the song.
The song has been used in a number of contexts, including as a theme song for Michael
Dukakis's 1988 Presidential campaign, because of its immigrant theme. Diamond sang it at the
rededication of the Statue of Liberty on the occasion of its one hundredth anniversary.
Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Diamond modified the lyrics to "America" slightly
during live performances. Instead of "They're comin' to America," towards the end, it became
"Stand Up for America."
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Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter. As a
successful pop music performer, Diamond scored a number of hits worldwide in the 1960s,
1970s, and 1980s. Common themes in Diamond's songs are "a deep sense of isolation and an
equal desire for connection. A yearning for home – and at the same time, the allure of greater
freedom. The good, the bad and the ugly about a crazy little thing called love."
As of 2001 Diamond has sold 115 million records worldwide, including 48 million records in the
U.S. In terms of Billboard chart success, he is the third most successful Adult Contemporary
artist ever, ranking behind only Barbra Streisand and Elton John.
Though his record sales declined somewhat after the 1980s, Diamond continues to tour
successfully, and maintains a very loyal following. Diamond's songs have been recorded by a
vast array of performers from many different musical genres.
Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984, and in 2000 he received the
Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award.
On Monday, March 14, 2011, Neil Diamond was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Early life and career
Neil Diamond was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family descended from Russian and
Polish immigrants. His father, Akeeba Diamond, was a dry-goods merchant. Diamond grew up
in several homes in Brooklyn, attending Abraham Lincoln High School.
At Lincoln, the school from which he received his high school diploma, he was a member of the
fencing team. He later attended NYU on a fencing scholarship, specializing in épée, and was a
member of the 1960 NCAA men's championship team; into his adult life he maintained his
swordsmanship skills and continued to warm up with fencing exercises before his concerts. In a
live interview with TV talk show host Larry King, Diamond explained his decision to study
medicine by pointing out: "I actually wanted to be a laboratory biologist. I wanted to study, and
I really wanted to find a cure for cancer. My grandmother had died of cancer. And I was always
very good at the sciences. I thought I would go and try and discover the cure for cancer."
However, during his senior year in NYU, a music publishing company made him an offer he
could not refuse: an offer to write songs for $50 a week. This started him on the road to stardom.