In order to feel the star spangled banner when you sing it I think you should know the meaning and where the man was when it was written. And the exact feeling that he was feeling when it was written. There are actually several versus to the star spangled banner. however here are the thoughts perhaps behind the meaning and feeling of Victory.
The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics and Meanings
The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics: What was the Inspiration to the Star Spangled Banner Lyrics?
Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the lyrics to the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ after he had been detained by the British and had watched the bombardment of Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore on the night of September 13-14, 1814. Unsure of the outcome of the battle he looked towards Fort Henry dreading to see the Union Jack flying over the fort. Instead, he saw the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ proudly flying and realized that the brave Americans had been victorious.
Star Spangled Banner Lyrics Verse 1
Oh, 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 thru 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.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Meaning of Star Spangled Banner Lyrics Verse 1
● The flag that flew over the fort was enormous. The commander of Fort Henry, Important George Armistead had commissioned Mary Pickersgill to make “a flag so large that the British would have no difficulty seeing it from a distance”
● The flag could be seen from several miles away and Francis Scott Key was saying that it could be seen in the last light before nightfall and the first light at dawn
● The ‘perilous fight’ was the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812
● The Star Spangled Banner was streaming over the ramparts (battlements) of the fort
● The “rocket’s red glare” and the “bombs bursting” used alliteration to describe the cannon fire pounding from the British navy and the cannons firing from the fort (one of the ships was armed with a rocket launcher)
● The angry red glow from the cannon fire enabled Americans to see their Star Spangled Banner was still flying – the British had not captured the fort and hoisted the Union Jack
● The Star Spangled Banner was waving over the ‘land of the free’ – a reference to the fight for Independence that had resulted in freedom from the tyranny of the British
● The ‘home of the brave’ lyrics reflect the heroic exploits of Americans to defend their country
● The War of 1812 was popularly known as the ‘Second War for Independence’