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Thanksgiving Songs

Songs or Hymns are an essential part of the Thanksgiving Day. The Lord is thanked for his benevolence, the abundance in harvest by beautifully composed songs. Though the Puritans were opposed to any songs and dances or fun fare on the Thanksgiving Day, Americans acknowledged the importance, or rather joy, that a melodious harmony brings in the family. So Thanksgiving Songs play an essential part in every family during the festival.

Traditional Thanksgiving Hymns

1. For All the Blessings of the Year Hymn

For all the blessings of the year,
For all the friends we hold so dear,
For peace on earth, both far and near,
We thank Thee, Lord.

For life and health, those common things,
Which every day and hour brings,
For home, where our affection clings,
We thank Thee, Lord.

For love of Thine, which never tires,
Which all our better thought inspires,
And warms our lives with heavenly fires,
We thank Thee, Lord.

2. Lord of the Harvest, Once Again Hymn

Lord of the harvest, once again,
We thank Thee for the ripened grain;
For crops safe carried, sent to cheer
Thy servants through another year;
For all sweet holy thoughts supplied
By seed time, and by harvest tide.

The bare dead grain, in autumn sown,
Its robe of vernal green it puts on;
Glad from its wintry grave it springs,
Fresh garnished by the King of kings;
So, Lord, to those who sleep in Thee
Shall new and glorious bodies be.

Nor vainly of Thy Word we ask
A lesson from the reaper’s task:
So shall Thine angels issue forth:
The tares be burnt; the just of earth,
To wind and storm exposed no more,
Be gathered to their Father’s store.

Daily, O Lord, our prayers be said,
As Thou hast taught, for daily bread;
But not alone our bodies feed,
Supply our fainting spirits’ need:
O Bread of life, from day to day
Be Thou their Comfort, Food, and Stay.

3. Thy Bounties, Gracious Lord Hymn

Thy bounties, gracious Lord,
With gratitude we own;
We bless Thy providential grace,
Which show’rs its blessings down.

With joy the people bring
Their off’rings round Thy throne;
With thankful souls, behold, we pay
A tribute of Thine own.

O may this sacrifice
To Thee, the Lord, ascend,
An odor of sweet perfume,
Presented by His hand.

4. O Lord, All Glorious , Life of Life Hymn O Lord, all glorious, Life of life!
To Thee we raise our grateful song;
Lift up our souls from thoughts of self
To Thee, to Whom all lives belong.

Below all depths Thy mercy lies,
Above all heights Thy love ascends;
Thy providence our path surrounds,
Thy watchful care each step attends.

From Thee all good desires proceed,
All holy thoughts we gain from Thee;
The good we do is Thine alone,
Thine shall our heart’s thanksgiving be.

Popular Thanksgiving Songs

1. A Feast, by Gemini

Oh, there's a feast of song in this house,
Oh, there's a feast of song in this house,
Oh, there's a feast of song in this house,
Won't you come in, you're welcome inside.
Won't you come in, you're welcome inside.
Oh, there's a feast of joy…
Oh, there's a feast of hope…

Sit down at the table and have your fill.
Don't go away hungry, there won't be a bill.

Oh, there's a feast of love...
Every Day is Thanksgiving, by Karen Ruprecht and Pam Minor

When I have turkey to eat and stuffin’ and pumpkin pie
Then I know it’s Thanksgiving Day and I’m gonna tell you why
‘Cause there’s so much to eat and the people I love are near
That is why Thanksgiving Day is my favorite time of the year

But I don’t need turkey to eat or stuffin’ or pumpkin pie
To make each day Thanksgiving Day and I’m gonna tell you why
‘Cause if there’s food to eat and the people I love are near
Then it is Thanksgiving Day every day of the year

2. The Pilgrims, by Linda Brown and Dr. Thomas Moore

The Pilgrims sailed over the ocean;
The Pilgrims sailed over the sea.
The Pilgrims sailed over the ocean
So they could praise God and be free.
Pilgrims, Pilgrims,
They had the first Thanksgiving Day.
They all wanted
To sing and to feast and to pray.

Their Native friends were invited;
They brought some wild turkeys and deer.
They ate and they sang with the Pilgrims;
Sixteen twenty-one was the year.

Pilgrims, Pilgrims,
They had the first Thanksgiving Day.
Like the Pilgrims,
We still sing and feast and pray.

3. Let's have a dinner...Thanksgiving, by Andrew C. Germain Let’s have a dinner, Thanksgiving
Let’s have a dinner, Thanksgiving
The Pilgrims were cold
So cold
They didn’t have food
No food
Along came the Indians
Saying, “How…do you do?”
Let’s have a dinner, Thanksgiving
Let’s eat together, Thanksgiving
Lets’ have a dinner, Thanksgiving
Thanks for our new friends, Thanksgiving
You bring the popcorn
We’ll bring the tea
What is missing?
(“Here turkey, turkey, turkey.”)
Let’s have a dinner, Thanksgiving
Let’s have a dinner, Thanksgiving


Popular Hollywood Thanksgiving Songs

  • Thanksgiving Song, 2008, by Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Kind and Generous, 1998, by Natalie Merchant
  • What a Wonderful World, 1968, by Louis Armstrong
  • Be Thankful,1977, by Natalie Cole
  • The Thanksgiving Song, 1993, by Adam Sandler
  • Thank You, 2000, by Dido
  • Thankful, 2003, by Kelly Clarkson
  • A Thanksgiving Prayer, 1986, by William Burroughs


Last Updated On : October 12, 2011

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