Letter to America – Physical CD

CD (burned one at a time, not manufactured) plus free PDF file downloads

The recording of the song is also available as a download here. (Less expensive, and immediate online delivery.)

To listen to a simple or extended rendition of this song, click the play buttons below, or further down the page. (You may have to wait several seconds for playback to begin.)

Letter to America
Letter to America/Green Fields of Canada

Cindy Kallet wrote “Letter to America” after hearing about the refugees who, in late January 2017, just a week after the presidential inauguration, were found, barefoot and freezing, crossing the northern New England and New York borders into Canada, fearing for their lives if they remained in the United States. The song imagines one refugee’s view of a country previously envisioned through the lens of the inscription on the Statue of Liberty.

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”     Emma Lazarus

The song’s style pays tribute to some Irish ballads of emigration, which speak of America as the promised land.

We offer two recorded renditions of the song. Your CD will contain both renditions.
1. The song on its own
2. An extended version in which Grey Larsen adds a haunting Irish alto flute solo – a  slow air called “The Green Fields of Canada,” his wordless interpretation of a traditional Irish ballad of emigration

Free downloads for you: The lyrics to “Letter to America,” the lyrics to “The Green Fields of Canada,” and “Credits and Information” on the recording.

Letter to America
Letter to America/Green Fields of Canada

Cindy Kallet: guitar and voice
Grey Larsen: piano, low D tin whistles, Irish alto flute, harmonium and voice

This CD comes in a paper sleeve, with information handwritten on the disc face. Not fancy!

Kallet and Larsen are donating half of the proceeds from this CD to these two charities:

National Immigration Law Center
Refugees International

A lead sheet (music notation) of the song is available HERE.

Minimum Price: $3.99

Additional information

Weight 0.125 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 6 × 0.125 in
Media Format

Physical CD

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