06 February 2011

The USA National Anthem

In honor of the Super Bowl, from the top of my head, here are the words to the National Anthem of USA, "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,
who's broad stripes and bright stars
through the perilious 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 Bangled Banner yet wave,
o'er the Land of the Free
and the Home of the Brave?"

High above, over a true "home of the brave," the floating folds of the Star Spangled Banner symbolize the American way of life to soldiers in training for the battles that will bring freedom to an unhappy, wartorn world, Fort Knox, Ky. (LOC)

And now, if anyone is interested, here are the rest of the lyrics.

"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 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!"

It is such a beautiful song the way it was written and with the traditional melody.  God Bless and I hope you enjoy your Football game!

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