The Star-Spangled Banner
Words by Francis Scott Key (1779–1843)
Tune: ANACREON IN HEAVEN by John Stafford Smith (1750-1836), 1916
Key signature: A flat major (4 flats)
1. O say can you see, by dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hailed at 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 rocket’s 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?
2. On shore dimly seen through mists of the deep Where the foe’s haughty host in 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 glory reflected now shines in 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!
3. O thus be it ever free men shall stand Between their loved home and war’s desolation! Blest with vict’ry 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 Star-spangled Banner in triumph shall wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!