The Star-Spangled Banner

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The Star-Spangled Banner

Postby SLK230 » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:17 am

In its entirety:

The Star-Spangled Banner
O 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 through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d 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 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 - O 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 wash’d out their foul footstep’s 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 lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d 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.


Thought for the day:
We are always hearing about how Social Security is going to run out of money.
How come we never hear about Welfare running out of money?

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Re: The Star-Spangled Banner

Postby Vilepagan » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:23 am

I hope you kneeled while you posted that. :wink:
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Re: The Star-Spangled Banner

Postby Wabash » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:43 am

They told me if I voted for Hillary Clinton the president would be emotional, impulsive, and unpredictable. They were right. I voted for Hillary Clinton and got a president that is emotional, impulsive, and unpredictable.

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Re: The Star-Spangled Banner

Postby Fordama » Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:14 pm

That third verse is a tad unsavory, but I like the first two verses.
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Re: The Star-Spangled Banner

Postby Luca » Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:22 pm

Thanks for that, SLK. Glad to see you're still breathing. I’ve never read all the lyrics before. Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, there, does it? It’s more interesting when you read it with a historical perspective in mind and remember how stilted the language was back then. You probably know that the music was adapted from some mildly pornographic older British song called "To Anacreon in Heaven."

People often stole the music and put new lyrics to it back then. One of my favorite traditional songs is "Battle Hymn of the Republic" which was Julie Ward Howe’s re-wording of a less stirring rendition called "John Brown's Body is a’Mouldering in the Grave.”

My favorite national anthem has always been "La Marseillaise”, probably because of that scene in "Casablanca."…………………………………Luca

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Re: The Star-Spangled Banner

Postby John Q. Public » Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:01 pm

Can any historian types tell me if we had any kind of national song before 1931? Was the Star Spangled Banner traditional but not official before that? What did the pop singers du jour mangle before ball games prior to that?
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Re: The Star-Spangled Banner

Postby Professor Fate » Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:13 pm

Luca wrote:Source of the post My favorite national anthem has always been "La Marseillaise”, probably because of that scene in "Casablanca."…………………………………Luca

Great scene in one of my all-time favorite movies! Especially the look on Ilsa's face, of both pride in her husband, and fear for his welfare.

The 4th verse of the Star Spangled Banner has always been my favorite.
Well, obviously we have giant butterflies in CA. They's climbin' in your windows, They's snatchin' your people up, tryin' to steal 'em. So y'all need to hide your kids, hide your stars, and hide your coaches cause they're grabin' everybody out here.

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Re: The Star-Spangled Banner

Postby SLK230 » Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:30 pm

Thought for the day:
We are always hearing about how Social Security is going to run out of money.
How come we never hear about Welfare running out of money?

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Re: The Star-Spangled Banner

Postby Fordama » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:07 am

Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote an unofficial fifth verse in 1861.

"When our land is illum'd with Liberty's smile,
If a foe from within strike a blow at her glory,
Down, down, with the traitor that dares to defile
The flag of her stars and the page of her story!
By the millions unchain'd who our birthright have gained
We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained!
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
While the land of the free is the home of the brave."

Good story, plus a video of this verse at this NPR story..

This country of the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them.---JFK

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