Lyrics to National Anthem USA

The lyrics to National Anthem USA were written by Francis Scott Key on September 14, 1814, and adopted as the official national anthem on March 3, 1831. Key, a Washington lawyer, wrote the text of the anthem during the War of 1812 against England.


It was long mistakenly believed that Francis Scott Key wrote the famous anthem while being held captive by the British fleet off the coast of Fort Mc-Henry near Baltimore. But he was not a prisoner of war.

He had met with British officials to negotiate the release of one of his clients. In order not to reveal the secrets of the planned attack, he was held during the night of the assault on an enemy ship.

The day after the battle, seeing the American flag flying over Fort McHenry, he wrote the famous rhymes that were taken up by the American army at the end of the nineteenth century.

The music is said to be the work of English composer John Stafford Smith, who wrote the tune to accompany a poem by Ralph Tomlinson called “Anacreon in Heaven,” the anthem of the “Anacreon Society,” an English club.

Here are the original lyrics of the American national anthem :

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 ?

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! Oh 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 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 !

Oh! 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 !

You have just read the national anthem usa lyrics. The lyrics written by Francis Scott Key. 

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What about the melody on the lyrics of the US national anthem ?

The melody was already well known in the United States, and The Star-Spangled Banner soon became an official anthem, although it did not have the status it has today.

Indeed, the country also had other national anthems adopted by successive governments. These included My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, whose melody is the same as that of the British anthem God Save the Queen.

The Star-Spangled Banner quickly became very popular and many versions were produced. President Woodrow Wilson commissioned five musical figures to choose a final arrangement.

The chosen version was premiered on December 5, 1917 at a concert in New York’s Carnegie Hall. However, it was not until 1931 that The Star-Spangled Banner became the official national anthem of the United States.

All the great occasions are good to play the national anthem, as long as it fulfills its unifying role. It is frequently played at important moments in political and institutional life, as well as in sports. During the final of the professional soccer championship (the Super Bowl), it is traditionally sung before the game by big stars such as Whitney Houston in 1991, Beyoncé in 2004 or Lady Gaga in 2016.

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