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The Star Spangled Banner Smith Help Opus Details
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The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America. The words are a poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key, who wrote "Defence of Fort McHenry" after seeing the bombardment of Fort McHenry at Baltimore, Maryland, by Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812. (See the history time-line - North and South America).

The tune was a popular British drinking song, written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a London social club. The Anacreontic Song, set to various words, was already popular in the United States.

Oh, 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, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' 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?
Category: Folk Song Orchestra Traditional Period
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1    The Star Spangled Banner
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