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America National Anthem Lyrics

United States of America

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 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 fully 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.

why dont americans sing their national anthem?

In all english international events 95% of english fans sing to god save the queen like at wembley, or in a major final, but why dont americans sing to the national anthem? i watched the super bowl and they just stand there ?

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Jeune- You really don’t know what the Star-Spangled Banner is about? Let me give you a history lesson that you should have gotten in school. And I didn’t have to look up any references for it.

During the War of 1812 — which really would determine whether our fledgling nation survived — the British laid siege to Baltimore. They were trying to capture Ft. McHenry at the entrance to Baltimore Harbor, which would have been a tremendous blow to American commerce. As night fell, the Americans still had control of the fort (twilight’s last gleaming). As the battle raged overnight, there was uncertainty as to which way it would go. As the sun came up (dawn’s early light), the American flag was still flying over the fort. It moved Francis Scott Key to pen what at the time was merely a poem. The tune is said to actually be an old British barroom song.

There are legitimate complaints about the song — that it glorifies war; that it celebrates the flag, not the country; that it’s hard to sing; that it’s too long; that the words are hard to remember; that the tune’s origins are not befitting our national anthem. But if you were not taught the origins of the song, either you were not paying attention, or our educational system is in a sad state indeed.

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If you weren’t trying to be provocative, you could have done some research and learned something. First of all, if English people are at a sporting event, etc. and do sing the US national anthem, I would take it as a sign that they are showing respect. Apparently something you know nothing about. Second, I have lived in both England and Scotland and find that there is none of this nonsense about wanting to be American, I loved my life in the UK but did not want to be British. Your statement is neither well thought out nor does it have any basis in fact. Third, «The Star-Spangled Banner» is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from «Defence of Fort McHenry», a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet, Francis Scott Key, after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. The poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men’s social club in London. «The Anacreontic Song» (or «To Anacreon in Heaven»), with various lyrics, was already popular in the United States. Set to Key’s poem and renamed «The Star-Spangled Banner», it would soon become a well-known American patriotic song. With a range of one and a half octaves, it is known for being difficult to sing. Although the poem has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today.

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ummm they do say sing the national anthem at super bowls, like one poster said it’s usually a celebrity leading it over a PA system to the crowd in the stands and that why you don’t hear them.

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The ‘Star Spangled Banner’ is unsingable, requiring a two-octave vocal range to get all the notes in; while the average singing range of most people is, maybe, an octave and a half. The lyrics are an excruciatingly bad poem—bathetic, nonsensical and unmemorizable. Nobody knows what it refers to, or why we, as Americans, should be singing about it. And besides all that—just as a tune—the SSB is surpassingly ugly, strident, and vulgar, and hurts your ears as much as the words to it offend your good sense and literary taste. We stand silently because we’re embarrassed.

Oilers Fans Sing the American National Anthem

Can we take a quick second to talk about Oilers fans singing the American National Anthem before tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks? That was pretty spectacular.

Mic didn’t work for the anthems tonight @RogersPlace. But no worries. The best singers & fans are in #OilCountry! @EdmontonOilers!

Every year, there are always stories that seem to come out where pockets of people boo the Canadian or American National Anthem. Tonight was not one of those nights. Rather than boo the USA anthem, the fans at Rogers Place did they complete opposite as they sang the entire song from start to finish. When Brett Kissel’s microphone died, the crowd had his back, jumped in and knocked the anthem out of the park without the help of any lyrics. That wasn’t a planned thing, but that was just some high-quality improv by the Edmonton faithful and a proud moment for the city.

You’re going to want to take another look at this one.


The owners of the Anaheim Ducks released a statement congratulating Oilers fans for their passionate rendition of the American National Anthem.


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We did it in ’06 as well against the Ducks. I believe there was a controversy with the Canadian anthem words getting messed up down Sourh, so we sang without words on screen.

In ’06 the Americans booed the Canadian national anthem, so fans in Edmonton turned around and cheered the US anthem when the series came north. They didn’t boo our national anthem after that.

So proud of that moment. No booing, no catcalls, just pure class.

It was pre-planned, his mike wasn’t broken. Let them sing their own damned anthem.

Was at the game and mic wasn’t working. In house sound had tons of tech issues throughout the night. Not planned. Also mic*** not mike.

Watch the video. It was working just fine, even when he said, ‘Hey, is this thing working?’ you could hear it. Pre-planned, scripted, like 90% of all reality tv. If you google it you can see that his name has gone viral, which of course was the point of the whole thing.

what you heard on tv was not what was heard in the arena. not hard to figure out.

I’m not saying it’s wasn’t cool, but watch the video. He tries twice to get the crowd to get into it (see 0:13). Kissel is a better singer than actor. I give full credit to the fans and Kissel for doing this, but don’t tell me that the “sound issues” weren’t put on. Why would the mic work on the broadcast but not in house? Saying that the mic wasn’t working and that’s the reason Edmonton did this was a cop out. Just give the fans credit and don’t dramatize it.

That was the tv camera mic bud, in the arena it was not working

Pretty sure it was working just fine. It was planned though.

They had audio issues all night. Warm up music cut out which was weird so everyone started chanting lets go oilers. Then for both anthems the mic wasn’t working and the first stoppage. Quiet an odd night at Rogers for audio. Issues all over the place.

Sorry man, I can’t believe that wasn’t all just set up. Explain to me why the crowd got loud when he starts to sing and puts up his hand at 0:13. You couldn’t hear that? Also, singers who usually sing the national anthems and have mic issues will get a 3-10 seconds in to allow the sound guy to fix issues before throwing in the towel. It’s cool Edmonton sang but we look like frauds to anyone who sees that from outside out fan base. Good on Edmonton for singing, good on Kissel for making it work, good on OEG for trusting us enough to pull it off, shame on anyone trying to sell it as the mic not working.

What do you mean by staged? 18,000 people were in on it? Some one said the sound we heard on the TV was the sound from the camera.

Spoken like a true American…..

Made me proud to be an Oilers fan. Thanks Edmonton! You guys are awesome.

Was absolutely staged.

I was at the game. There were no lyrics handed out and there were no lyrics on any of the screens. I doubt it was staged. Even if it was, what does it matter? Stop trying to ruin an amazing showcase of the class the Oiler fans showed tonight. We don’t go to The Hag Shoppe and bother you.

Nobody is trying to ruin anything . He is just saying that the singer planned it.

Just didn’t add value to the game. Just focus on the hockey. Edm doesn’t need gimmickry things like that

I’m sure we could all hum the russian national anthem, just all part of a sporting cultute.

The old Russian one I could hum but not the new anthem.old one sounded pretty cool.

Staged? Not a chance. The audio in the video was obviously what was heard for the broadcast – not in the arena. It bums me out that people are trying to downplay this amazing moment of class and sportsmanship. A huge amount of credit should go to Brett Kissel for the way he handled a potentially awkward and embarrassing moment. And the fans…and us…just wow. I thought I was proud to be an Oilers fan before. But holy jumpin’ jahosafats, we just stepped it up a notch.

Something amazing and cool happens…..

” it’s fake, staged, everything is fake!”

Sounds about right.

just focus on the game. jesus. no one is more self congratulatory for the most minimal of accomplishments than a canadian. Nice work Canada. Give yourself a pat on the back.

it must suck to be you.

no, it’s not bad being me. I see thru the nonsense. I’m sorry that I don’t care enough that Oilers fans sung the american anthem after the singer turned his mic off. Next time, make sure the mic works or is turned on, and save the gimmicks for the Oakland Seals games

You seem jealous…….

To the conspiracy theorists; why would they want to risk leaving the singing of the US anthem, to the crowd? I know if they were relying on me, I would have had to hum about half of it. (no disrespect to the Star Spangled Banner!) That would be a BOLD move, indeed.

it was just the singer trying to make himself a story. Staged by him, not staged by the Oilers

That’s a pretty risky gamble… I don’t buy it.

I disagree it was a risky gamble. I bet over 80% of Edmonton fans know the anthem. And if we didn’t he would have just gone back to the microphone and they could have kept it cut out. Then the “mic didn’t work” story would have held water. Now we just look like a bunch good fans who can sing the American national anthem with an anthem singer who lies about why we did. Give the fans credit, they did good.

You need to explain exactly how he managed to stage that. He does not set up his own mic or have any control over whether it works or not. I am not a fan of country but from what I have heard of his interviews and him I seriously doubt he would do that.

the mic has a power switch on it.

Here is how it works…The sound board upstairs controls the volumes that come out of the mics and from the played music. It would be easy to fade the music in warm up or better to unplug (slowly) the input. This would cause a faulty signal that everyone could hear and know that “something isn’t right”. You’ll notice that Kissel doesn’t have a ear bud in, which often musicians will have as a monitor (to monitor their voice/instrument). When he goes to sing the anthem, you’ll notice he quickly sings “O…” 2 times. As he pulls he looks at the crowd. He returns to the mic and says “Is this working?” He checks the back of the mic but the on/off switch for the Mic is not there, it’s 1/2 way up the mic. I’m not sure what he’s doing but he’s not checking the mic. You’ll also see that he doesn’t play his guitar or sing to give the sound guy a chance to fix the issue. Usually, the guy working the board can deal with faulty mics within a few seconds. Also, it’s common practice to have a back up mic on hand (within a few feet) if the microphone stops working. Anyone who believes the fans sung the national anthem because a mic wasn’t working is uneducated on the production side of musical entertainment. Anyone who believes the fans couldn’t carry this out is uneducated on how great Edmonton Oiler fans really are. The fans should get credit for this, not a faulty microphone.

So it was staged, at the very least somewhat? Had to be…..

OEG is trying too hard to make a gimmick… I wouldn’t be suprised if it continues and it’s Edmonton’s new “Thing” in the playoffs….. Honestly, having the crowd sing the Canadian anthem is cool, but it’s borderline on “trying too hard” by OEG…..

A proud moment for me and Edmonton. Truly a class act by everyone. Followed by an absence of boos for the error-filled game.

By the sounds of it it wasn’t stage, but I will say it seemed pretty convenient…… TOO CONVENIENT

King KATZ and his group of goons once again take us proletariat peasants for fools! SHAME ON YOU OEG

I don’t really appreciate the pingback below my comment looking like I posted it. OEG doesn’t like to get questioned…..

Good God, there must be run on Tinfoil in the city right now. I’m pretty sure that everyone who thinks it was faked watches that Ancient Aliens TV show as if it was National Geographic. I was at the game . . . not faked, not staged, just a moment worth remembering.

Honestly, the mic truthers have been the most surprising part of this story. I can’t believe how many people think it was faked despite those that were at the game saying otherwise.

Sorry baggedmilk, but knowing how the Oilers’ head office have worked in the past I don’t think we can trust them. We actually might not even be in the playoffs and they just have players look-a-likes playing in opposing jerseys. Whatever it takes to sell a jersey…and it works!

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