The Star Spangled Banner

We here this song at every sporting event.  Yet, how many of us really take the time to truly hear the words and remember the story of the writing of these words.


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 rockets' 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 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!

O! 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!

Grits4life Grits4life
46-50, F
2 Responses Mar 25, 2009

singer all Americans should feel and see when they hear the words to this song. We are very blessed in this country to have the wonderful history we have and it is a shame so many have forgotten what so many gave their lives for.

I not only hear it...I feel it...And I was taught the proper way to recite it.....The proper pauses.....Not just due to the music...But as a poem......<br />
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I am able to say it..>the way that it was meant to be said....And with all of the feeling....Not just acting...But to truely feel it in my heart....<br />
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I served in the Army....And after that...It meant someting to me....Even more than it did before I served....I was...and still am willing to put my life on the line for what some people think as a simple piece of cloth.....But not to me.....<br />
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I see all of the men and women that laied their lives on the line...And that makes it a something truely freat....Something worth our protection