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post #1 of 11 Old 07-04-2010, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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A must read for any American

Just read it:
By Francis Scott Key 1814



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!

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Thanks, it still gives me chills when I get to see the entire Star Spangled Banner.
A Very Happy 4th of July to all.
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No problem, this is why I posted- most dont even know theres more to it than what you hear at games.

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BTW, Key didnt write the music to the lyrics. He just used the music from an old drinking song....

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How many has died to keep it waving o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Freedom is not free.

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BTW, Key didnt write the music to the lyrics. He just used the music from an old drinking song....
Yup... To a BRITISH drinking song. There's a bit of irony for ya.
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i still get extremely annoyed when someone sings the wrong words or even skip a line. If you are proud to call yourself an American, respect it enough to remember how we got to where we are and what it has costs, many sons, husbands, brothers, fathers, mothers, daughters sisters have died along with the suffering that is brought to the families of the ones who have given everything. Happy fourth to everybody, especially to those on foreign soil protecting our way of life.............


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I knew there was more to it, but I never took the time to read it all.
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