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Thread: Who Knew?

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    Question Who Knew?

    I was a boyscout, I have considered myself 'patriotic' since and early age.

    I served four years in the United States Marine Corps. (1981-1985)

    I did fairly well in civics, social studies and other government classes.

    Today, I was made aware for the first time,... that our National Anthem has a 2nd verse.

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    Oh, thus be it ever when free men 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 Pow'r 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!
    Last edited by Chuz Life; 06-06-10 at 02:29 PM.

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    Re: Who Knew?

    That is actually the 4th verse if I remember correctly.

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    Re: Who Knew?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    That is actually the 4th verse if I remember correctly.
    There are more?

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    Re: Who Knew?

    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 rockets' 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 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!
    Optional 5th verse

    When our land is illumined with liberty's smile,
    If a foe from within strikes a blow at her glory,
    Down, down with the traitor that tries to defile
    The flag of the stars, and the page of her story!
    By the millions unchained,
    Who their birthright have gained
    We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained;
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave,
    While the land of the free is the home of the brave.

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    Re: Who Knew?

    Knew there was more than one. Was thinking 3 or 4. (But on any given day would have trouble remembering all the words to the first.....)


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    Re: Who Knew?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cole View Post
    Knew there was more than one. Was thinking 3 or 4. (But on any given day would have trouble remembering all the words to the first.....)


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    Could'a would'a should'a googled it, I guess.

    Pretty odd that I lived this long without hearing any of them though.

    Especially in a large family full of trivia nuts.


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    Re: Who Knew?

    Yeah, I knew that.

    It's technically not an additional verse however, as the song is made of the first verse of a poem. The song itself consists of only one of the verses, much as if someone made a song about one of Poe's plays and only included the first few lines. While there may be additional verses to the poem, that doesn't always mean there's an additional verse to the song that they were made into.

    It's music however, and anyone can do anything they want and call it a song or a verse.

    I imagine I'm mincing words here.

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    Re: Who Knew?

    I know there are multiple verses, but I can only sing the first verse by heart. It's a shame it's the only verse that we hear on a semi-regular basis.

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    Re: Who Knew?

    America the Beautiful should be our national anthem, but there are far more pressing needs; a change here should be at the bottom of the list.

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    Re: Who Knew?

    I knew there was more than one verse, but I have never *heard* them and wouldn't have recognized the words.

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