This hymn shows up several times throughout Our Town. The church choir practices it in Act One, while a choir sings it at George and Emily’s wedding in Act Two. The song is also performed at Emily’s funeral in Act Three, and she comments to Mrs. Gibbs that it was her favorite hymn. As the hymn’s title suggests, it symbolizes the importance of a community that is connected together through various ties. Our Town is an examination of the tight-knit community of Grover’s Corners, which is itself made up of the close communities of individual families. The hymn celebrates these connections—such as marriage—that build strong families and a strong town community.
“Blessed Be the Tie That Binds” Symbol Timeline in Our Town
The timeline below shows where the symbol “Blessed Be the Tie That Binds” appears in Our Town. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...finishes his speech, a choir partially off-stage has begun to sing a song called “ Blessed Be the Tie That Binds .” This is the local church choir, directed by Simon Stimson. Meanwhile, Emily and George... (full context)
...wedding and how intelligent Emily was in school. A group at the funeral sings “ Blessed Be the Tie That Binds .” As the casket is put into the ground, Emily enters and joins the deceased... (full context)