Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
US National Anthem Project
you know the lyrics to
"The Star Spangled Banner"
- the US National Anthem?
Oh, say, can you sing The Star Spangled Banner?
Can you recite the (correct) lyrics?
If you listen as folks sing the United States' national
anthem at a public event, the words that come out
are often far from the actual lyrics. Good intentions
aside, all Americans should know the words to the
first verse (at least) correctly - and the
national anthem project's mission is to help us
with that task.
There are actually 4 verses to The Star Spangled
Banner, but most folks these days have problems
correctly reciting/singing the first verse - the very
lyrics sung at the start of all public gatherings
in the US.
When I was in school, we learned the tune and the
lyrics, and we sang the National Anthem in class every
day. In addition, teachers used the lyrics as part
of language arts, penmanship and for history/social
The words (lyrics) to The Star Spangled Banner
are emotional, evocative poetry; the history behind
the origin of the verses offers many opportunities
for learning about the United States early struggles
for independence, particularly about the battles during
war of 1812 - one of which inspired the historic words
by Francis Scott Key, an American attorney.
The Star Spangled Banners has been played at military
and naval events since 1916 and it's been the United
States national anthem since 1931. Because so many
Americans have trouble remembering the lyrics correctly
... help is on the way to correct the problem.
There's a movement in the US, spearheaded by the
National Anthem Project, to educate and refresh our
memories on the inspirational words written so long
ago by Francis Scott Key.
Follow the links below to
the National Anthem Project, where you will find the
complete song lyrics, plus links to audio
clips of this most patriotic of all US songs and
to other US patriotic music and holiday pages.
Listen up, get it right ... and sing your heart out
for America at the next opportunity!
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