America’s National Anthem (song)

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The Star Spangled Banner

By Frances Scott Key


Oh, say can you see

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By the dawn’s early light

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What so proudly we hailed

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At the twilight’s last gleaming

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Whose broad stripes and bright stars

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Through the perilous fight

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O’r the ramparts we watched

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Were so gallantly streaming.

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And the rocket’s red glare

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The bombs bursting in air

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Gave proof through the night

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That our flag was still there

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Oh, say does that star spangled

Banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free

And the home of the brave



Frances Scot Key wrote this during the Revolutionary War.  He was on a ship watching the fighting, watching the bombs bursting in air.  He was watching to see if the American flag was still there, and it was, and it still is.  The Star spangled banner is the American flag.



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