Star Spangled Banner 2016-07-04

imageHappy 4th of July, United States of America Citizens! How many of you knew there were four choruses to the Star Spangled Banner? If I ever knew this, I had totally forgotten until I researched the song. I feel it is only fitting and proper today to recall the entire 1814 prose written by Francis Scott Key.

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?
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!

Celebrate your heritage today. Be proud to be an American because where else can we collectively be brilliant, opinionated, flag waving, family gathering, parade watching, flea market shopping, backyard barbecuing, buttered corn on the cob chomping, kettle popcorn eating, cold beer drinking,  warm pond splashing, horseshoe slinging,  Ferris wheel riding,  oooing and ahhhing fireworks shooting, moronic, freedom-of-expression idiots than here in the USA?  God bless America, y’all! … Sandy

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