"The Star Spangled Banner"

Early Songs of Protest and Patriotism



First page of the original 1814 published sheet music
adapted and arranged by Thomas Carr
note the misspelled subtitle: "A Pariotic [Patriotic] Song"

Portrait of Francis Scott Key (1779-1843)

Complete original song lyrics to "Defence of Fort McHenry"
(or "The Star Spangled Banner") - tune: "Anacreontic Song"

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 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!

--Francis Scott Key, September 14, 1814



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Praise from a listener about the music album:

Early versions of “Yankee Doodle” as well as “The Star-Spangled Banner” are enjoyable to hear, sometimes better than the modern ways we sing them -- J. Wagner


The music album of protest and patriotic songs is performed by various soloists, including
The Band of Musick, The Yankee Tunesmiths, and The Old Stoughton Musical Society Chorus.



Click the links to hear music streaming samples

* = Premiere Recording

I.   Early Protest Songs

1. *The Liberty Song - words by John Dickinson, 1768
tune: Heart of Oak by William Boyce -
arranged by William A. Fisher

2. *
Brave America - words by Dr. Joseph Warren, 1770
(tune: British Grenadiers)

II. The War for Independence

3. The Lexington March - ballad/tune: Yankee Doodle

4. *Bunker Hill - ballad

5. *Father And I Went Down To Camp - words by Edward Bangs, ca. 1776
tune: Yankee Doodle - arranged by William A. Fisher

6. Chester - words and music by William Billings, 1778

7. Lamentation Over Boston - words and music by William Billings, 1778

8. The Battle of Trenton - ballad

9. *The Fate of John Burgoyne - ballad

10. *Doodle Dandy - ballad

11. *Thanksgiving Hymn - words by unknown author
tune: Kittery by William Billings, 1778/ edited by Roger Lee Hall

III. The Grand Constitution

12. *The Grand Constitution - ballad, 1787
tune: Heart of Oak by William Boyce, edited by Roger Lee Hall

13. *Constitution Song - ballad/tune: Yankee Doodle, 1788,
arranged by Roger Lee Hall

IV. Federalist Era

14. *Ode to President George Washington - words: Samuel Low, 1789/
tune: God Save the King, edited by Roger Lee Hall

15. Three texts based on the same tune:
The President's March - Philip Phile, ca. 1789/ Hail, Columbia - Joseph Hopkinson, 1798/ Rights Of Conscience - Issachar Bates (Shaker ballad hymn, ca. 1810)

16. Adams and Liberty - Thomas R.T. Paine,1798/
tune: To Anacreon in Heaven by John Stafford Smith, 1779

Nos. 12-14 are from the historical play, "The Grand Constitution", premiered in 1987,
celebrating the Bicentennial of both the U.S. Constitution and Stoughton Musical Society Constitution, both written in 1787. Read more about his play -- click here

IV. The War of 1812 Era

17. *Patriotic Diggers - ballad, 1814

18. The Hunters of Kentucky - words: Samuel Woodworth, ca. 1822/
tune: Unfortunate Miss Bailey - about the Battle of New Orleans (1815)

19. To Anacreon in Heaven (ca. 1779) and The Star-Spangled Banner (original published version, 1814 - words: Francis Scott Key)

20. *The Star-Spangled Banner - from Father Kemp's Old Folks Concert Tunes, 1860-- sung by The Old Stoughton Musical Society Chorus, conducted by Roger Lee Hall, at the historic concert celebrating the 350th anniversary of the City of Boston, Massachusetts in 1980.

* = Premiere Recording


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Early Songs of Protest and Patriotism

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