A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 24, 2014
“Why are there no knock-knock jokes about the U.S.?"/"Because freedom rings.”

"Let freedom ring!” is the last line of the first verse of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.” It’s also the punch line of a popular knock-knock joke:

“Why are there no knock-knock jokes about America/Freedom/the United States?”
“Because freedom rings!”

The joke has been cited in print since at least July 2012.

Wikipedia: My Country, ‘Tis of Thee
“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”, also known as “America”, is an American patriotic song, whose lyrics were written by Samuel Francis Smith. The melody used is the same as that of the national anthem of the United Kingdom, “God Save the Queen”, arranged by Thomas Arne. The song served as one of the de facto national anthems of the United States (along with songs like “Hail, Columbia") before the adoption of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the official anthem in 1931.
My country, ‘tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From ev’ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!

redcloud: the daddy complex

-knock knock.
—who’s there?
freedom would never knock
freedom rings
And if it takes longer than 30 minutes, your freedom is free.
If you experience freedom lasting four hours or more, contact your physician immediately.
Reblogging for “freedom doesn’t knock, it rings” OH GOD
(via alrightlikethis)
Jul 27, 2012 11:51 pm

futurefantastic: jonny5fefrenzy:
-knock knock.
—who’s there?
freedom doesn’t knock
freedom rings http://tmblr.co/ZBSLXxQGFwq0
4:37 AM - 28 Jul 2012

Why are there no knock knock jokes about America? (self.Jokes)
September 22, 2013 by c0dy21
Because freedom rings.

Why can’t you tell knock knock jokes about freedom? (self.Jokes)
September 24, 2013 by SmallTalk22
Because freedom rings

Pioneer Press
POSTED:  06/30/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT | UPDATED:  23 DAYS AGO
July 24 is Tell an Old Joke Day (Know why there are no knock-knock jokes about the United States? Because freedom rings, that’s why.)

psychologist krista
@princeyarmin dingdingding dingdingding
Knock knock
Who’s there?
You can’t be freedom! Freedom rings!
7:51 PM - 23 Jul 2014

Tucker Warner
Why are there no Knock Knock jokes about America?
Because Freedom rings.
11:24 AM - 24 Jul 2014

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