Actor Pat Boone wrote the lyrics to this song to accompany the theme music from the 1960 movie Exodus. He recently presented to Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum the Christmas card on which he scribbled the words. Often referred to as the “second Jewish national anthem,” it has been recorded by many artists.

This is the 1960 original version of Boone singing his version.

This land is mine, God gave this land to me,
This great this golden land to me.
And when the morning sun reveals her hills and plains,
I see a land where children can run free.

So take my hand and walk this land with me,
And walk this lovely land with me.
Though I am just a man, when you are by my side,
With the help of God I know I can be strong.

So take my hand and walk this land with me,
And walk this golden land with me.
Though I am just a man, when you are by my side,
With the help of God I know I can be strong.

To make this land our home,
If I must fight, I’ll fight to make this land our own.
Until I die, this land is mine.

Enjoy this 1964 version by The Lettermen, with slide show.


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