Emerged in the 19th c, e. g. italy & meiji japan. Commonly: hymn (britain), march (france), operatic anthems (italy & south. Sex pistols: a british punk band, composed anarchy in the uk" and god save the. Queen" with the same name of british national anthem to satirize british government and authority, lived at thames riverboat party (june 7, 1977) Words originally written by anglican poet & clergyman john newton (1725-1807) Later associated with the american civil rights movement, black empowerment, but also many other things. Clarity & faithfulness to the text secondary to spiritual expression. Democrats jimmy carter"s & bill clinton"s favorite hymn. George w. bush has used it repeatedly. Us congressional records show amazing grace being referred to or quoted~14 times/year. It is acknowledged as one of the supreme masterpieces of the western tradition. More than any other musical work it has become an international symbol of unity and affirmation.