The National Anthem - 80 years
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?
When the anthem is performed well - in my opinion instrumental versions are best - it can be truly inspiring.
Here's a version from our Music Online streaming music database: The Star-Spangled Banner arranged by John Phillip Sousa, performed by the University of Texas Wind Ensemble.
If this wakes your patriotic juices, check out this full album from the American Military Band, Music of the U.S. Army, which includes another version of the anthem along with more familiar patriotic tunes.
Learn more about the history of the Star-Spangled Banner.
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