Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Then National Anthem

(The original Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key
to write the song that would become our national anthem, is among the most
treasured artifacts in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum
of American History in Washington, D.C.)

From the December 2010 edition of THE LOG (The Texas Tin Can Sailors of North Texas Association’s News Letter), Mike Hagin, the association’s president, posted this entry:

On Monday night football December 6, 2010, sadly, the Eli Young band of country singers forgot the lyrics to the national anthem. Perhaps we need to teach our children to memorize the history of our nation.

For those who would like to have a copy of the lyrics for their children and grand children, here they are:

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 rocket's 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, 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!

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!


Mike Golch said...

they should be canned,I tell ya!

Ed said...

The first and last verse are my favorites.

The rest is just a bunch of fancy old English mush.

Fantastagirl said...

I was in choir in High School we sang the National Anthem before every sporting event, it drives me nuts when people mess it up.