US National Anthem

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Flag of the United States of America
Flag of the United States of America

The Star Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light

 What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?

 Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,

 O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

 And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

 Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

 Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

 O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through 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 in the stream:

 'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave

 O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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 washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.

 No refuge could save the hireling and slave'

 From the terror of flight and 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.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

 Between their loved home and the war's desolation!

 Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land

 Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.

 Then conquer we must, when our cause it 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.

"The Star Spangled Banner", was ordered played at military and naval occasions by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, but was not designated the national anthem by an Act of Congress until 1931.

The words were written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key, who had been inspired by the sight of the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry after a night of heavy British bombardment. The text was immediately set to a popular melody of the time, "To Anacreon in Heaven."

The US National Anthem consists of four verses. On almost every occasion only the first verse is sung.

Source: U.S. Army Music

US National Anthem USA (ALL VERSES) – YouTube

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