Sure wish they would sing all 4 every time. Great history lesson.
“And the rockets red glare...” These rockets were taken from the Tipu Sultan in India after the British defeated him in 1799. This stolen technology that was new to the west. They caused a lot of consternation until it was realized that they were impossible to aim accurately. They were also used against Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans.
All 4 verses with history intro, dedicated to victims of 9-11:
Marine sings 4th verse at Herman Cain Tea Party gathering:
Combined service academy choirs sing SSB- 1s verse only but wow
Actually, it sometimes has a FIFTH verse, or at least if you look in songbooks printed in the early 1860’s:
When our land is illumined with liberty’s smile,
If a foe from within strikes a blow at her glory,
Down, down with the traitor that tries to defile
The flag of the stars, and the page of her story!
By the millions unchained,
Who their 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.
also, I may be mistaken about this, so someone feel free to correct me, but I believe the actual act of Congress that officially designated it our national anthem only adopted the first stanza
Has any one heard performers sing the national anthem in the present tense? "What so proudly we hail . . . O'er the ramparts we watch . . . ." It's bad enough they think verbal pyrotechnics are required they think they're describing a present event.
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