Jose can you see….

Am I wrong, or do most people hate the Star Spangled Banner? Most people can’t sing it, don’t know the words, or both. I thought I’d noticed a trend in recent years in moving away from the SSB and giving more devotion to God Bless America. Now Laura Bush is leading the National Anthem Project to cram this stupid song down our throats again. I hate conservatives! ‘Well, people don’t seem to like this song much anymore. Rather than find a new one that’s more appropriate and easier to sing, let’s just expose them all to the lyrics. Frequently.’

Before you read on to view the actual lyrics (I know, I’m playing right into their hand), here are a few facts about the Star Spangled Banner:

1) The lyrics were in fact written by Frances Scott Key, but the melody was lifted from the British song, To Anacreon in Heaven.

2) 61% of American adults polled said they knew all the song’s words. Hah!

3) Only 39% could correctly finish this line correctly; “Whose broad stripes and bright stars …

Can you finish it??

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, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ 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 thro’ 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 on 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 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 free-men 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 Pow’r 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!

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