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The National Anthem

This song is by Teacher And The Rockbots and appears on the album America (2005).

This song is a cover of…
What in the world was Francis Scott Key trying to say when he wrote the Star Spangled Banner?

It was a poem about the battle of Fort McHenry during the Revolutionary War* and was good enough to become our national anthem!

Ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the National Anthem.

O say, can you see
By the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd
At the twilight's last gleaming?

That's an old-fashioned, super-dramatic way to ask if anyone could tell what had happened in the previous night's battle.

Whose broad stripes and bright stars
Thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd
Were so gallantly streaming?

Francis Scott Key was watching from a safe distance to see if the American flag was still flying over the Fort.

And the rockets' red glare
The bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night
That our flag was still there.

Flashes of light from constant explosions allowed everyone to see that Fort McHenry had not been captured by the British.

O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
(Please stop)

And the home of the brave (STAR)
And the home of the brave (SPANGLED)
And the home of the brave (BANNER)
And the home of the brave!

(*NOTE: I think he means The War of 1812.)

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