Our National Anthem | Lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner

Find out how well you know the history and lyrics of The Star Spangled Banner.

The Star Spangled Banner

Our National Anthem, also known as the “Star Spangled Banner,” is full of inspiring lyrics that describe the natural beauty of the land and brave history of our soldiers. The song paints a bold image of the American flag proudly flying despite bombs and rockets exploding all around it.

Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner in 1814 after watching British ships bomb Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. His lyrics were based on a poem he wrote titled, “Defense of Fort McHenry.” Key was 35 years old when he created the historic song and worked primarily as a lawyer, only writing amateur poetry on the side.

Star Spangled Banner author Scott Key

Proudly sung at almost every major US sporting event, the first verse is by far the most popular of the whole anthem. However, many people still do not know the lyrics word-for-word, or cannot even sing past the first verse. So whether you need a little refresher on the National Anthem or want to test your knowledge, here are the full lyrics to all 4 verse of The Star Spangled Banner.

The Star Spangled Banner (Lyrics)

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!

National Anthem American flag 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!

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