THE EXODUS SONG
(This Land Is Mine)
The tune that has become like a second national anthem for many Jews.
Pat Boone and P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu
Pat Boone wrote the lyrics to Ernest Gold’s stirring theme from Otto Preminger’s 1960 Academy Award-winning epic film “Exodus” starring Paul Newman. Boone’s vocal recording (the first ever) of “The Exodus Song (This Land Is Mine)” debuted on January 23, 1961, and stayed on the Billboard charts for 6 weeks, peaking at #64. That year Gold took home two Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Soundtrack Album.
The Exodus Song
“The Exodus Song (This Land Is Mine)” with Boone’s English lyrics has also been recorded by Billy Eckstine, Hank & Carol Diamond, The Four Lads, The Chordettes, Andy Williams, The Lettermen, Bobby Vinton, Peter & Gordon, The Imperials, and many others.
As the official Christian Ambassador to the Holy Land, Pat Boone has been standing with Israel for more than 50 years. During that time, he’s donated countless hours and dollars to support the nation. But the legendary entertainer’s latest gift took on a decidedly prophetic twist he believes only God could have orchestrated. Boone visited Yad Vashem in Jerusalem to donate the Christmas card on which he scribbled the original lyrics for “The Exodus Song (This Land Is Mine).”