A “Make America Great Again” song is Trump-approved
In the two years since Donald Trump announced his bid for the White House, an untold number of songs have cropped up on YouTube and music streaming services that take their inspiration from his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
Most are written by supporters, though there are parodies in the mix, and they span genres from country to hip-hop to dance.
But only one appears to have gotten an endorsement from the president himself.
Twice in the past two weeks Trump has tweeted out a live version of “Make America Great Again,” a hymn-like ode to the new president written by a Tex-
as minister and performed by a choir and orchestra from the First Baptist Church of Dallas, an evangelical megachurch.
On July 4, Trump commemorated Independence Day by posting a video of the group performing the song at the Kennedy Center during a concert honoring veterans. Trump spoke at the July 1 event, which was sponsored by First Baptist. “Your music honors our heroes more than words will ever do,” he told the musicians.
Trump gave it another shout-out on Sunday when he shared a photo slide show of his trip to the G20 Summit in Germany with the song as the soundtrack.
The composition was written by Gary Moore, a 73-year-old former music minister at the megachurch, who told the New York Times that “Make America Great Again” was as much a tribute to Trump as it was to freedom of speech and religion in America.
Musically, it’s full of familiar evangelical fare, with triumphant horns, singsong vocal melodies and hymn-like verses whose lyrics make no mention of God or government but could certainly be considered devotional.
“Make America great again, make America great again, lift the torch of freedom all across the land,” goes one verse. “Step into the future joining hand in hand, and make America great again.”
Another verse reads: Like the mighty eagle that is rising on the wind Soaring t’ward our destiny Hearts and voices blend With a mighty melody oh let the song begin
And make America great again
Make America great again
The song has been listed with Church Copyright Licensing International, a legal clearinghouse for worship songs used by some 60,000 churches worldwide.