Lost lines from the Star-Spangled Banner

By Razib Khan | July 11, 2010 12:22 am

Here are the original lyrics. The military context is obvious.

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  • toto

    I didn’t know the lyrics to the US anthem. Interesting.

    Still a notch below La Marseillaise, I guess. Although I do notice a common reference to the blood of the “impure” / “polluting” enemy drenching the national soil. Coincidence or reminiscence?

  • http://www.nicky510.com Crow

    Once again, The Onion scores.

  • http://johnhawks.net/weblog John Hawks

    Isaac Asimov gave a fairly famous speech about the full lyrics which has become a widely dispersed essay: http://www.freedom.org/front/essay/12.html

    Cadets at the service academies do learn all four. They are “lost” only in the sense that elites are now completely divorced from knowledge of military life.

  • http://haquelebac.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/my-fossil-railroad/ John Emerson

    Maryland State Song.

    I hear the distant thunder-hum,
    Maryland, My Maryland!
    The Old Line’s bugle, fife, and drum,
    Maryland, My Maryland!
    She is not dead, nor deaf, nor dumb-
    Huzza! she spurns the Northern scum!
    She breathes! she burns! she’ll come! she’ll come!
    Maryland! My Maryland!

  • http://onestdv.blogspot.com OneSTDV

    Does toto not get the joke?

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp Razib Khan

    what do you think the joke is?

  • toto

    One: I was referring to the real lyrics, as quoted in the Wikipedia article. They’re not as bloody as the Onion ones, but still pretty martial.

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