Posted by: Jodi | July 4, 2010

Quickly Quotable #15 – 4th of July

In honor of Independence Day here are the complete lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner, our National Anthem.

The Star Spangled Banner

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 rockets’ red glare, the bombs 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 on 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!
Flag draped from the roof of the Pentagon

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.

O, 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!

To read about the song’s history go here



  1. I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t know all of those lyrics.

    • It’s rare to see them printed, I had to hunt them down. There is an alternate 4th verse that I saw while searching – didn’t have time to tie it in, but interesting none the less.

  2. Try singing the whole thing. No wonder we only use the first stanza. Quite a mouthful, some of that.

    • No kidding. Talk about a song that would greatly benefit from a catchy chorus. Most people struggle with the first verse as it is!

  3. The Queen over here says she’s not amused or rather “We are not amused” using the Royal we hee hee (sorry I could not resist heh heh)

    • I guess she isn’t fond of the holiday, suppose she wouldn’t be. I have plans to do a brief post on “the Royal We,” read an article the other day that got me thinking about it. You’ll have to tell me what you think.

  4. […] plan to do this using two lines from the Star Spangled Banner. (Lyrics here.) The lines I chose are: “On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep…” […]

  5. It’s a good read.


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