What are the lyrics to the USA National Anthem, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’?

Inspired by the USA's victories over the British, the Star-Spangled Banner has been the USA's official national anthem since 1931. Here are the lyrics to the famous song

What are the lyrics to the USA National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner?

Who wrote the lyrics to the USA’s national anthem, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’?

The lyrics to the USA’s national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, were written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key. He wrote them after witnessing British ships bombarding Fort McHenry during the 1812-15 war between the USA and Britain. The USA would prove victorious in this battle, and Key was inspired when he saw  the USA flag, known as The Star-Spangled Banner, flying high. His poem, called Defence of Fort M’Henry was set to the tune of John Stafford Smith’s popular song, To Anacreon in Heaven, and became known as The Star-Spangled Banner. It was officially made the USA’s national anthem in 1931.

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What are the lyrics to ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’?

Who wrote the lyrics to the USA's national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner?

O 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;
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 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, 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 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.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry 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!