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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, through 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 hosts in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,

As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?


Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,

n 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.


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 wiped 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.



Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!

Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.


Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."

And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

The Defense of Fort McHenry

By Sir Francis Scott Key, 20 September 1814


GOD BLESS AMERICA


God bless A - mer-i-ca____

Land that I love_____

Stand be-side her and guide her__

Thru the night with a light from a - bove____


From the moun-tains____ to the prai-ries___

To the o-ceans white with foam____

God bless A - mer-i-ca___My home sweet home______

God bless A - mer-i-ca___My home sweet home______


Circa 1939

By Irving Berlin


You’re A Grand Old Flag,



You’re A Grand Old Flag,

You’re a high fly-ing flag,

And for-ev-er, in peace, may you wave.__


You’re the em-blem of___ the land I love,

The home of the free and the brave.___


Ev-’ry heart beats true

’neath the Red, White and Blue,

Where ther’s nev-er a boast or brag,___


But, should auld ac-quaint-ance be for-got,

Keep your eye on the grand old flag.___





Over there


Over there,__ Over there,____Send the word, send the word o-ver there,___

That the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming,

The drums rum-- tum-- ming every where._____


So prepare say a prayer

Send the word; send the word to be ware.

We’ll be over, we’re coming over,

And we won’t come back till it’s over… over there.



AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL


Oh beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain.

America! America!

God shed His grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea.



Oh beautiful for pilgrim feet

Whose stern impassioned stress.

A thoroughfare of freedom beat

Across the wilderness.

America! America!

God mend thine ev’ry flaw,

Confirm thy soul in self-control,

Thy liberty in law.



Oh beautiful for heroes proved

in liberating strife

Who more than self their country loved,

and mercy more than life

America! America! May God thy gold refine

Till all success be nobleness, And ev’ry gain divine



Oh beautiful for patriot dream

That sees beyond the years.

Thine alabaster cities gleam

Undimmed by human tears.

America! America! God shed his grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea.


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