Singing Clerk’s Crusade

Monday, September 10th 2007, 5:19 pm
By: News On 6

Anyone who has ever graduated from just about anything, kindergarten through college, will recognize the tune to "Pomp and Circumstance." The News On 6’s Rick Wells reports a courtesy clerk at Wild Oats Market in Tulsa is on a crusade to have us all learn the words.

For the past nine years Bethel Miller, a courtesy clerk at Wild Oats Market, has crusaded to get people to learn the words to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Miller has the music on a tape player she often carries with her.

"Land of hope and glory, mother of the free, how shall we extol thee, who are born of thee," sang Wild Oats Market courtesy clerk Bethel Miller.

The words were written more than 100 years ago for the coronation of King Edward the 7th, and although the song is English she thinks it resonates today.

"It's patriotic, oh yeah." Miller said.

She learned it when she was a teenager in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and she's never forgotten.

"It's in your heart and in your head,” she said. “I'm 79 and it's been in mine since I was in junior high."

Miller talks the song up to fellow employees and to customers when she can.

"Oh God who makes us mighty make us mightier yet," Miller sang.

"Well I'm about to graduate college, so I should know them, you're right, you're right," said one soon to be graduate.

If you'd like to hear Bethel Miller's rendition of the song, click here. For the words click here.

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