Anthem

National (U.S.) Anthem

pledgeofallegiancepooch.jpg

American flag and patriotic pooch

American flag and patriotic pooch; photo by Randy Robertson on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

The Star Spangled Banner

The national anthem of the United States of America is "The Star Spangled Banner" sung to the tune of "To Anacreon in Heaven;" it was made official with a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931. Official State Songs

The lyrics are by Francis Scott Key, from a poem written on September 14, 1814 after he witnessed Fort McHenry being bombarded by British ships during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.

"The Star Spangled Banner" is difficult to sing well because the tune covers an extreme range, and only the first verse is commonly sung, though it has four.

Lyrics

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
 
VERSE 2
 
On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'T is the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
 
VERSE 3
 
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
 
VERSE 4
 
O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov'd homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us as a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
National (U.S.)

Images

The star spangled banner (U.S. flag); photo by Wouter de Bruijn on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike). All 50 U.S. state flags.

The star spangled banner (flag of the United States of America)

Videos

Blind Disabled Girl Sings a Breathtaking Star Spangled Banner