Lyrics for the Star Spangled Banner

Posted: July 3, 2011 in Politics
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For all of you who want to sing for your country this July 4th, here are the official lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key, 1814 !

Love Your Country

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!

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