THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER/HAPPY NEW YEAR


Let’s get this year off right with the STAR SPANGLED BANNER as sung by A Capella from Barrington High School, Illinois. Brandon Pemberton, Director. you will find the recording on my Home Page - Scroll down to song #5 in ALBUMS (turn up you volume and stand up) 🇺🇸


Complete version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" showing spelling and punctuation from Francis Scott Key's manuscript in the Maryland Historical Society collection:


🎶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 through the perilous fight O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bomb bursting in air,

Gave proof through 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 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 - 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 footstep's 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 freemen 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 power 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.


Author’s Note: By the way that is my granddaughter, Kaitlin Ten, far left in the collage photo above. Yes, her Album, Kaitlin Ten on Stage is premiered on the Home Page (scroll down). And she is cast in Children of Eden which opens in Chicago, August 2021. Don’t miss it. I’ll be there.