Grassroots & Tuneful

Do you know the second verse?

This USMC vet does, and he sings it better than I could:

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • silverpie

    There are actually four verses. That one is the fourth. (The second is on the sighting of the flag, the third a bit of gloating at the defeated Brits.) This takes nothing away from the meaning of what happened.

  • Sandra

    The Star-Spangled Banner
    —Francis Scott Key, 1814
    O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
    What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
    O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof thro’ 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?
    On the shore dimly seen thro’ 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 on 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!
    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 wash’d 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.
    O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
    Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation;
    Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
    Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d 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!

  • johnny b

    Thats Awesome!

  • Opaobie

    For anyone interested, here is The Story of the Star Spangled Banner (7 minutes 45 seconds).

  • MaxedOutMama

    That’s GEORGIA! Seriously, that IS Georgia

  • Cynthia

    I love tea partiers. So sad to see such a noble group of people routinely maligned in the media.

  • Joe

    I got weepy when I saw that.

  • jane

    Stunning and powerful in it’s simplicity.

    I’m a Canadian and we, too, invoke God in our national anthem: “God keep our land glorious and free.”

    “A Mari usque ad Mare (From Sea to Sea)” is Canada’s motto, which is derived from Psalm 72:8, which reads in Latin: “Et dominabitur a mari usque ad mare, et a flumine usque ad terminos terrae,” and translated (the King James version): “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.”

    Sadly, in the past 40 years, pretty much under the Liberal Party of Canada’s dispensation (whose politics are similar to the Democratic Party in the U.S.), there’s been a concerted effort by successive Liberal governments, aided and abetted by their buddies in academia and the media, to eradicate God/faith talk from the public square.

    Our chattering classes have been more successful here in Canada than yours in the States. As yet, we don’t have a Tea Party movement, though we have a staunch group of bloggers more than pulling their weight to expose the rot.

    Thanks for your blog, Anchoress. ‘Much appreciated!

  • Charles

    Today is the anniversary will anyone remember those heroic sailors who lost their lives on the USS Liberty?

  • Sal

    I just finished “Plague Journal” (1999) by your countryman, artist and author Michael O’Brien. Shape of things to come. We’re taking note and working accordingly.

    Anchoress, thank you for the reminder that the g-daughter must learn the WHOLE anthem this summer at Mimi’s Civics Class.

  • Anglican Peggy

    Hang in there, Jane.

    While I don’t see a Tea Party in Canada’s future because your history is so different from ours minus a citizen’s revolution and all, I believe that ya’ll will figure out your own thing from your own tradition.

    Or maybe you will finally have that revolution (a peaceful one we hope!) ;-)

  • Anglican Peggy


    Thanks for the Canadian civics lesson tidbit, Jane! :-)

    As much as we Amurricans like to pick on ya’ll shivering up there in the frozen tundra ;-), we do it from vast reserves of affection and wish you well always.

  • Cromagnum

    @Anglican Peggy

    The Tea Party is already gone international, they have them in Britain and Italy already. Everyone is “Taxed Enough Already”. It is really easy to start one, just get a group of friends of like minds, and you already are one.

    When government spending goes up, taxes follow right behind.
    Many people do not want the spending, nor the taxes. Nor the gargantuan increase in bureacracy.

    It isn’t just a USA thing, its just that this effort started here.

  • Cromagnum

    @Anglican Peggy

    Actually you should Bing (or Google) “canadian tea party movement”

    It already started this year in your country. Quebec Montreal has one.
    There is also a ‘Maple Tea Party’, for a Canadian Flavor.

  • jane

    Sal and Anglican (do you mean Episcopalian?!) Peggy, thanks for your words of encouragement — and please pray for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party of Canada (CPC), in power now for almost four years (a miracle, given the ferocious animosity of our “unofficial Opposition” — aka the left-leaning media — and the three Leftist Opposition parties, the Liberal$, the New Democratic Party (rabidly socialist), and the Bloc Quebecois (50 members of whom sit in our Parliament [Congress] elected by voters only in one province (Quebec) and whose mandate is to break Canada apart in order to SEPARATE from Canada — though the Bloc politicians are happy to earn their salaries and collect their pensions from all Canadians.)

    You’ve got to live here to believe it.

    Our anthem is O Canada and many of us, as we see ourselves sliding faster and faster down the slippery slope into a socialist sewer — with only Prime Minister Harper and his CPC standing in the breach — like to say Oh, Canada! — as in, give me a break!

    We are a much less “religious” country than the U.S. Whereas, in the ’60s, 80% of Canadians attended church or synagogue on a regular basis, while 20% did not, the opposite is now true: 80% of Canadians go to no church or synagogue on a regular basis, while 20% of Canadians do. Religion is regularly put down and ridiculed in the media — NOT, BTW, Islam — and Christians are now the only identifiable group towards whom media — and, ironically, our Human “Rights” Commissions’ –animosity is given a pass.

    Check out Ezra Levant’s blog: (“Why is it OK to pick on Christians?” and “The McCarthyism of the Canadian left.”)

  • jane

    BTW, Sal, I know Michael O’Brien! I have read two of his books and actually am blessed to own one of his early art works (a gift to my husband and me).

    He is a very gifted — and anointed — iconographer. Check out his Web site:

    [I think O' Brien's work is featured on some of the OCP missalettes for ordinary time -admin]

  • Anne B.

    Wow, that guy can sing. He ought to be at the ballpark, belting it out before the first pitch.

    Jane: haven’t the Pequistes been stamping their feet and threatening to leave Confederation since 1976 or so? Somehow they never get around to doing it; I guess they like the bennies too much.

    BTW interesting contrast between the English version of “O Canada” and the French version – the latter is extremely Church Militant :-)

  • Piano Girl88

    I loved how the crowd listened, and as they realized what he was singing, slowly began to stand up one by one and put their hands over their hearts. This made me cry, although I almost always cry when I hear any of our great patriotic songs.

  • jane

    Anne B, yup the Bloc Quebecois have been around since ’76, when Rene Levesque and his party won a majority in La Belle Province. I kind of liked him: hard-bitten, cigarette-smoking, strength of his convictions — but wanting to break up Canada, nonetheless.

    Back then, my motto would have been “my Canada includes Quebec,” but not now.

    And, yup, the French version of O Canada is quite militantly Christian. But, the Christian character of Quebec changed completely after the Quebecois who spent time at the London School of Economics came back home, anti-Catholic, pro-socialist, and militantly anti-British. Enter, stage-left, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and his cabal.

    And, that’s been the story of Canada ever since.

    Piano Girl88, I was deeply moved too, to see the first woman stand when it occurred to her that this was her National Anthem — and then to watch people standing, like a wave, to show respect and honour.

    Please do pray for Canada. The nanny-state- left-liberals are amassed against freedom, democracy, faith, and common sense but our God is stronger than he who is in the world.

  • Lori

    A must-read: the late, great Isaac Asimov’s “All Four Stanzas.”

  • Gayle Miller

    Weeping at the beauty of it all and the strength and character of that fine man singing the 2nd verse of our National Anthem.

    It’s people like him that give me hope for our great nation.