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The Forgotten Verses of “The Star-Spangled Banner” | Dictionary.com Blog "Do you know all the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner”? Many people have difficulty memorizing the lyrics of the first verse of this song, which is commonly performed at sports events and other public gatherings. But did you know that there are three additional verses that we almost never hear? In 1814, the poet and lyricist Francis Scott Key penned the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner," originally known as "Defense of Fort M’Henry." During the War of 1812, Key witnessed the attacks on Baltimore and wrote the words based on his experiences this night. These lyrics were printed in local newspapers and set to the tune of an existing song called "Anacreon in Heaven," and then officially arranged by John Philip Sousa. Key's famous lyrics entered the world as a broadside ballad, or a song written on a topical subject, and printed for wide distribution. More than a century later, in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an executive order designating "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the" http://blog.dictionary.com/star-spangled-banner/
Memorise this and pretend you knew it when quizzing your friends today! ;) ‎· Halil
It would take hours for an artist to murder all those verses at e.g. Superb Owl. The ones I've had the misfortune of hearing have spent minutes on each line. ‎· Eivind
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