Tuesday, May 23, 2006
THE NATIONAL ANTHEM PROJECT
I thought I knew the words to the Star Spangled Banner perfectly but I'll admit to getting a little lost over a few of the words. Most of the time it seems as though people just mumble them out and pay no attention to the actual words. (Not to mention the assholes that don't remove their ball caps).
No matter when or where I hear it never fails to make me cry.
I'm contacting my daughter's music teacher so that her class can learn/re-learn the words.
The Star Spangled Banner1814Words by Francis Scott Key, Music by John Stafford Smith
O 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, through the perilous fight,O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.O say does that star spangled banner yet waveO’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! O long may it waveO’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly sworeThat the havoc of war and the battle’s confusionA 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 slaveFrom the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:And the Star-Spangled Banner, in triumph doth waveO’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever when freemen shall standBetween their loved homes and the war’s desolation!Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heaven-rescued landPraise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.Then conquer we must when our cause it is justAnd this be our motto: “In God is our Trust.”And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall waveO’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!