"Spirit of a Nation"

2012 Festival Music Video

Lyrics

Verse 1:
From those that walked before us
Many tears were shed
In spite of all their trials
They forged our nation’s thread

The Spirit of our People
Has stood the test of time
and bonds us all together
While continuing our climb

Chorus 1:
Cause They’re the Spirit of a Nation
Strong, Proud, and Free
From where we came to where we are
It’s passed to you and me

Verse 2:
Stand up and be counted
Lift you head, look to the sky
Let the spirit guide your actions
United we will thrive

Our path is laid before us
Uncertainty it may bring
With faith, love, and courage
We will let this spirit ring

Chorus 2:
We’re the Spirit of a Nation
Strong, Proud, and Free
From where we came to where we are
It’s passed to you and me

The Spirit of a Nation
A Collective Generation
From where we came to where are
It’s the Spirit of a Nation

Chorus 3:
We’re the Spirit of a Nation
Strong, Proud, and Free
From where we came to where we are
It’s passed to you and me

The Spirit of a Nation
The Spirit of a Nation
From where we came to where are
It’s the Spirit of a Nation

The Spirit of a Nation
A Unified Generation
From where we came to where are
It’s the Spirit of a Nation

The Spirit of a Nation
The Spirit of a Nation
From where we came to where are
It’s the Spirit of a Nation

Name: Spirit of a Nation

Music By: Jeff Carpenter

Lyrics By: Jae L. Stilwell and Jody Teeter

Performance Credits:

  • Masheli Billy - Native American Flute
  • Shaun DeGraff - Piano / Male Vocal
  • Jeremy Wallace - Hand Drum
  • Me-Way-Seh Greenwood - Shakers
  • Amy Assiter - Female Vocal
  • Jeff Carpenter - Acoustic Guitar
  • Cameron Canada - Drum Set
  • Robbie Blair - Bass Guitar
  • Derrick Barrett, Timothy Colungo, Steve Nail, Payte Summers, Jeremy Wallace - Drum Circle
  • Katie Barrick - Violin
  • Wayne Willis - Electric Guitar
  • Ben Barrick - Trumpet
  • Joann Ellis, Rose Jefferson, Jerry McCarty, Phyllis McCarty, Geneva Holman, Donna Smith, Mary Jane Smith, Stan Smith, Vera Tims, Darla Wolf - Choir

Production Credits:

  • Jeff Carpenter - Producer / Director / Sound Mixer
  • Angela Goolsby - Editor
  • Robbie Blair - Camera A
  • Jerrell Newby - Lighting / Camera B
  • Jason Alexander - Camera C / Grip
  • Philip Sullivan - Dolly Grip
  • Wyatt Keel - Crane Grip / Color Correction

Special Thanks: East Central University, Turner Falls Park, Chickasaw Cultural Center, Will Rogers Rose Garden, Chickasaw White House, Lake Murray State Park, Myriad Botanical Gardens, Yellow Springs Church, McSwain Theater.