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ANACREONTIC SONG (2)
THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER
TO ANACREON IN HEAVEN


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Subject: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: Jennifer Burdoo
Date: 04 Nov 98 - 04:47 PM

I read in the excellent picture book by Peter Spier that Francis Scott Key's 'By the Dawn's Early Light' was set to the music of a British drinking song. This kinda makes sense as it is nearly impossible to sing in key unless you're drunk! What are the words to the original song? It might have been called 'Anacreon'?

Thanks, Jennifer


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: Ralph Butts
Date: 04 Nov 98 - 04:58 PM

I think it's "To Anachreon, in Heaven", but I don't have the words.

I have a 100-year old Swiss music box with this tune on it. Don't know if the maker was doing the Star Spangled Banner or Anachreon. In any case, it was long before the song was adopted as the National Anthem.

......Tiger


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: Bill in Alabama
Date: 04 Nov 98 - 05:19 PM

Don't have the words ready at hand, but I think I remember reading that the poem set to this tune was called "To Anachreon In Heaven."


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 04 Nov 98 - 05:22 PM

Just an aside:

Did all you good Mudcat folks realize that Francis was actually a relative of a pretty famous guitar picker, Leo Kottke ?? Sure---------FRANCIS KOTTKE !!!

Art


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 04 Nov 98 - 06:30 PM

Puns aside, you might try a search for Anacreon. The DT has a lot of songs in it.


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Subject: Lyr Add: TO ANACREON IN HEAVEN
From: rich r
Date: 04 Nov 98 - 06:50 PM

Here is one version of "To Anacreon In Heaven". According to Sigmund Spaeth (Read 'em & Weep 1939). The tune was written around 1771 by John Stafford Smith. The song was the official song of the Anacreontic Society of London. More about that in another post.

TO ANACREON IN HEAVEN

To Anacreon in heav'n where he sat in full glee;
A few sons of harmony sent in a petition
That he their inspirer and patron would be;
When this answer arrived from the jolly old Grecian:
Voice fiddle and flute, No longer be mute
I'll lend ye my name and inspire ye to boot,
And besides I'll instruct ye, like me, to entwine
The myrtle of Venus with Bacchus's vine!

The news through Olympus immediately flew,
When old Thunder pretended to give himself airs --
If these mortals are suffer'd their scheme to pursue,
The devil a goddess will stay above stairs,
Hark! already they cry, In transports of joy,
A fig for Parnassus! to Rowley's we'll fly
And there, my good fellows, we'll learn to entwine
The myrtle of Venus with Bacchus's vine.

The yellow-hair'd god, and his nine fusty maids
To the hill of old Lud will incontinent flee,
Idalia will boast but of tenantless shades,
And the biforked hill a mere desert will be.
My thunder, no fear on't, Will soon do it errand
And, dam'me! I'll swinge the ringleaders, I warrant
I'll trim the young dogs, for thus daring to twine
The myrtle of Venus and Bacchus's vine.

Apollo rose up; and said, Pr'ythee ne'er quarrel,
Good king of the gods, with my vot'ries below!
You thunder is useless - then, shewing his laurel,
Cried, Sic evitabile fulmen, you know!
Then over each head My laurels I'll spread,
So my sons from your crackers no mischief shall dread,
Whilst snug in their club-room, they jovially twine
The myrtle of Venus with Bacchus's vine.

Next Momus got up, with his risible phiz,
And swore with Apollo he'd cheerfully join --
The full tide of harmony still shall be his,
But the song, and the catch, and the laugh shall be mine:
Then, Jove, be not jealous Of these honest fellows,
Cried Jove, We relent, since the truth you now tell us;
And swear, by Old Styx, that they long shall entwine
The myrtle of Venus with Bacchus's vine.

Hey, happy scanning and singing. See if you can get all those syllables to fit and still hit the high F. There's also a bunch of footnotes that explain some of the references. I'll enter those if there is a groundswell of clamour.

rich r


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: rich r
Date: 04 Nov 98 - 07:03 PM

Computers can be a horrible thing. I missplelled Anacreon, didn't find it and expended 7.2 kcal. typing in all those weird words. Another person, smarter than I, would probably have searched for the Star Spangled Banner and found the correct link.

I will add here that the tune was immensely popular in the late 18th and early 19th century. One source says that at least 85 versions of the song have been found.

rich r


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Nov 98 - 09:28 PM

I've seen those lyrics to "TO ANACREON IN HEAVEN" before, and I made a really honest attempt to sing it. The words don't seem to quite fit the tune. Has anybody ever heard (or done) a credible rendition of the song? Would anybody ever want to? Seems to me it would sound horrible. Then again, I'm not too fond of "Star Spangled Banner," and would prefer "America the Beautiful."
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: rich r
Date: 04 Nov 98 - 10:25 PM

I think some of the scanning problem arises from slight variants in the tune itself. Sigmund Spaeth in bits of sarcasm states that Ferdinand Durang did the necessary squeezing and fitting when he put keys poem "The Defence of Fort McHenry" to the Anacreon tune and that the early words "fit the music just about as snugly as Mr. Key's". Spaeth goes on to say that "there are many slight variations in the melody,which has always, of necessity, been a flexible affair" So, Joe you just need to practice and add lib a bit. It doesn't come out right the first time, somethimes you get a line right by pure luck and then can't repeat it.

rich r


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: rich r
Date: 04 Nov 98 - 10:28 PM

I should have added that if you watch any major telvised sporting events like the World Series, Super Bowl etc., it becomes quite obvious that even today singers can be "very" flexible with the melody.

rich r


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: Pete Peterson
Date: 04 Nov 98 - 10:39 PM

I would have posted Spaeth's words had a previous poster not beat me to it. I understand from reading somewhere that the tune was a popular one and used as a campaign song for the first Adams under the title Adams and Liberty but don't have words for that. A friend and I occasionally do historical gigs & when doing Revo War gigs explain that we can't do the Star Spangled Banner because it hadn't been written yet, but it WOULD be in period to do the song that was used as the tune-- "our country's national anthem started as a pagan drinking song." (And just why is that eye staring at me from the back of the one dollar bill??!!) Pete


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: Earl
Date: 05 Nov 98 - 09:59 AM

Don't forget the other alternative lyrics:

Oh say can you see,
Any bedbugs on me If you do, take a few
They look better on you


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: nejat@coe.uga.edu
Date: 05 Nov 98 - 04:05 PM

And then there was the joke about the Latin fellow who couldn't see the ball game and someone suggested he climb the flag pole and afterwards he was so impressed because everyone was concerned about him because they sang: Jose, can you see?


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: rich r
Date: 05 Nov 98 - 07:56 PM

SONG FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY, 1795; The Anniversary of American Independence

"Sung at an elegant Entertainment given by James Munroe, the American Minister at Paris, in presence of a numerous partyof French and American Citizens, convened at his house, to celebrate the day. Written at Paris, 2d July, 1795, by a Citizen of the United States."

Philadelphia General Advertiser, January 9, 1796.

In climes where fair Freedom, secure from her foes,
Sees millions who bow at her shrine of devotion.
Where vet'ran patriots in laurel'd repose,
Lament to see arrogance crimson the ocean:
Where order pervades
The mountains and glades,
Where Columbia reclines in her own native shades,
Hark! millions of Freemen with joy hail the day
Which rescu'd their Country from Tyranny's sway!

rich r


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: Bruce O.
Date: 06 Nov 98 - 04:45 PM

The earliest known copy of "The Anacreontic Song" is in a songbook without music of 1778, (The Vocal Magazine) and is reproduced in Oscar Sonneck's monograph 'The Star Spangled Banner', Washington, Government Printing Office, 1914. [An earlier version, 1909, had to be revised after some fantastic claims by Wm. Grattan Flood.]

Sonneck reviewed the whole history of "Star Spangled Banner" and "To Anacreon in Heaven", and the tune and reproduced several copies of both and notes on several other late 18th and early 19th century songs sung to the tune. He also reproduced the original manuscript of Francis Scott Key's "The Star Spangled Banner", and the original broadside of it, as well as the text in 'The Baltimore American, Sept. 21, 1814.

The evidence as to who wrote the song "To Anacreon in Heaven" is pretty strong that it was by Ralph Tomlinson, but exactly when is not certain. An unsubstantiated claim was that it was published in 1771 (not counting Grattan Flood's claim of 1762). The best, but by no means conclusive evidence, is that the tune was by John Stafford Smith, but Smith didn't publish the tune himself until years after it appeared as a single sheet song with music in London (Longman and Broderip issues) and Dublin (Ann Lee and E[liz.]. Rhames issues). [These are reproduced in Sonneck's monograph.]

[For American music history see Sonneck Society on the web. I found the original monograph in my local secondhand book store about 2 years ago. Original and reprint issues can be found under Oscar Sonneck at www.bookfinder.com]


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: Barbara
Date: 06 Nov 98 - 05:18 PM

I've heard Anacreon in Heaven sung, and the tune IS slightly different, and goes faster, and a bit bouncier, if the rendition was right. (more dotted eighths and sixteenths rather than straight eighths). Would that be at the Levy site?
Blessings,
bArbara


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Subject: Tune Add: THE ANACREONTIC SONG
From: Bruce O.
Date: 06 Nov 98 - 05:36 PM

DT has two copies of "To Anacreon" (and neither with tune)? Here's the tune from the earlier of the two Longman and Broderip single sheet issues (178-).

X:1
T:THE ANACREONTIC SONG
Q:80
L:1/4
M:6/4
K:Am
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c2G/ F/ E/C3/2C|DEGcce|cEFG2G/ G/|\
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deff2(e/d/)|edcB3/2A/B|cEFG2G/ G/|\
cccA/A3/2A|d(f/e/) (e/c/){c}B2G|\
c3/2d/ (e/f/)gec|(c/d/)e~d/c/c2||\
"Chorus high"G/ G/|cccAAA|d3/2e/d{c/}B2G|\
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"Chorus low"G/ G/|GEECCC|F3/2F/FD2G|\
G3/2F/EDB,C|E/C3/2FE3|]


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Subject: ADD: ADAMS AND LIBERTY
From: rich r
Date: 06 Nov 98 - 10:34 PM

ADAMS AND LIBERTY

words by Thomas Paine, 1798 tune "Anacreontic Song"

Ye sons of Columbia, who bravely have fought,
For those rights which unstaine'd from your Sires had decended,
May you long taste the blessings your valor has bought,
And the sons reap the soil, which your fathers defended.
Mid the reign of mild peace,
May your nation increase,
With the glory of Rome, and the wisdom of Greece
And ne'er may the sons of Columbia be slaves,
While the earth bears a plant, or the sea rolls its waves.

In a clime, whose rich vales feed the marts of the world,
Whose shores are unshaken by Europe's commotion
The Trident of Commerce should never be hurl'd,
To incense the legitimate powers of the ocean.
But should Pirates invade
Though in thunder array'd,
Let your cannon declare the free charter of Trade.
For ne'er may the sons of Columbia be slaves,
While the earth bears a plant, or the sea rolls its waves.

The fame of our arms, of our laws the mild sway,
Had justly ennobled our nation in story,
Till the dark clouds of Faction obscur'd our young day.
And envelop'd the sun of American glory.
But let Traitors be told,
Who their Country have sold,
And barter'd their God, for his image in gold.
That ne'er will the sons of Columbia be slaves,
While the earth bears a plant, or the sea rolls its waves.

While France her huge limbs bathes rucumbent in blood,
And society's base threats with wide dissolution;
May Peace, like the Dove, who return'd from the flood,
Find an Ark of abode in our mild Constitution!
But though Peace is our aim,
Yet the boon we disclaim,
If bought by our Sov'reignty, Justice or Fame.
For ne'er shall the sons of Columbia be slaves,
While the earth bears a plant, or the sea rolls its waves.

"Tis the fire of the flint, each American warms;
Let Rome's haughty victors beware of collision!
Let them bring all the vassals of Europe in arms,
We're a WORLD by ourselves, and disdain a division!
While, with patriot pride,
To our Laws we're allied,
No foe can subdue us - no faction divide.
For ne'er shall the sons of Columbia be slaves,
While the earth bears a plant, or the sea rolls its waves.

Our mountains are crown'd with imperial Oak
Whose roots, like our Liberties, ages have nourish'd;
But long ere our nation submits to the yoke,
Not a tree shall be left on the field where it flourish'd.
Should invasion impend.
Every grove would defend
From the hill-tops they shaded, our shores to defend.
For ne'er shall the sons of Columbia be slaves,
While the earth bears a plant, or the sea rolls its waves.

Let our Patriots destroy Anarch's pestilent worm,
Lest our Liberty's growth should be check'd by corrosion;
Then let clouds thicken round us, we heed not the storm;
Our realm fears no shock, but the earth's own explosion,
Foes avail us in vain
Though their fleets bridge the main,
For our alters and laws with our lives we'll maintain!
And ne'er shall the sons of Columbia be slaves,
While the earth bears a plant, or the sea rolls its waves.

Should the Tempest of War overshadow the land,
Its bolts could ne'er rend Freedom's temple assunder
For, unmoved, at its portal, would WASHINGTON stand,
And repulse, with his Breast, the assaults of the Thunder!
His sword, from the sleep
Of its scabbard, would leap,
And conduct, with its point, every slash to the deep,
For ne'er shall the sons of Columbia be slaves,
While the earth bears a plant, or the sea rolls its waves.

Let Fame to the world sound America's voice;
No Intrigue can her sons from their Government sever;
Her Pride is her ADAMS - his Laws are her Choice,
And shall flourish, till Liberty slumber forever!
Then unite, heart and hand,
Like Leonidas' band,
And swear to the God of the ocean and land,
That ne'er shall the sons of Columbia be slaves,
While the earth bears a plant, or the sea rolls its waves.

This song was one of the most popular of 1798, second only to "Hail Columbia". The Thomas Paine who wrote these words is not the same Thomas Paine who wrote "Common Sense" This T Paine was commissioned by the Massachusetts Charitable Fire Society. It is reported that he may have had a drinking problem. Perhaps that helps fit the words to the tune. He also got $750 for the song, no small amount in those days. Sigmund Spaeth describes him as "the most handsomely paid literary hack of his day." Spaeth also suggests that this song was one of the earliest reasons that political meetings became so long. In 1828 essentially the same song was recycled under the title "Adams and Clay" with the substitution of the couplet:

With hearts tuned to rapture, let's hail this bright day,
Beneath the bland influence of Adams and Clay.

rich r


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BATTLE OF NORTH POINT
From: raredance
Date: 04 Mar 01 - 06:34 PM

THE BATTLE OF NORTH POINT (tune "Anacreon in Heaven")

Selections from a 14 stanza ballad printed in "American Songster" (1851). The lyric itself is undated. These 5 verses are printed in "Music for Patriots, Politicians, and Presidents" by V. B. Lawrence (1975).

Hark, hark, was the cry, when Baltimore town
Was besieg'd by the plundering Cockburn and Co.
Hear you not the great guns, hear ye not the trump sound;
Haste, haste, was the cry, let us meet the proud foe,
Let us march, heart and hand, let us make a bold stand,
And teach those invaders to cautiously land -
For this ground our fathers declared should be free,
And as dutiful sons we'll enforce their decree.

Our general gave orders for the troops to march down
To meet the proud Ross, and to check his ambition,
To inform him that we have decreed in our town
That here he can't enter without our permission.
And if life he regards, we will not press too hard,
For Baltimore freemen are ever prepar'd
To check the presumptuous, whoever they be,
That may rashly attempt to evade our decree.
___

We march'd for North Point, and encamped for the night,
Prepar'd for attack by the light of the morning
Near hand to Bear Creek we prepar'd for the fight;
The fatigues of the field and the danger still scorning,
As this was the day, great Ross was heard say,
He would dine in our town; he'd no longer delay;
So we formed our line in the old Yankee style,
To wait for this lord from the fast anchor'd isle.

___
Scarce had he spoke, when express brought the news
That Ross was in sight, on his foaming steed prancing,
Then part of the Bladensburg heroes were chose
To wait for his lordship, then boldly advancing,
When lo, their first fire brought down great Goliath;
He went down to dine with his aged grandshire;
To dine in our city determined was he,
Or else dine in hell, so there let him be.

____
Sixteen hundred bombs, by old Cockburn's command,
At our fort were discharg'd by his fam'd sons of plunder,
While unmov'd stood brave Armistead, and well-chosen band,
Sending back their full charge in red hot Yankee thunder.
'Board the ships that drew nigh, was a dreadful outcry;
'Bout ship, was the word; we from danger must fly,
This d-----d Yankee powder's too strong, you may see,
For his majesty's ships, so, boys, "helm's a lee."

After the capture of Washingtonin August 1814, the British turned their attention to Baltimore. Invastion forces led by British General Ross landed at North Point on September 12. Ross is said to have made the statement that he would dine in Baltimore on the 12th of September, or in hell, he cared not if it "rained" militia. Ross was killed as the invaders were repulsed. The following night (Sep 13-14) the British fleet shelled Ft. McHenry in Baltimore harbor. That assault, too, failed and was memorialized by Francis Scott Key's poem. The British then withdrew. "Cockburn" refers to British Admiral Sir George Cockburn who had ordered the burning of Washington. "Armistead" is Lt-Colonel George Armistead, the commander of Ft. McHernry.

rich r


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE UNION MUST AND SHALL BE PRESERVED
From: raredance
Date: 04 Mar 01 - 06:42 PM

Here's another text from early in the Civil War

THE UNION MUST AND SHALL BE PRESERVED
(tune: "Anacreon In Heaven")
from: "The Campfire Songster" (1862)

Oh!, say, can a thought so vile and base come
To the mind of a dweller on Columbia's soil,
That the work of our fathers should now be undone,
And unwound should now be the proud national coil?
And that traitors should sway and rule o'er this proud land,
With tyranny's lash, and the plunderer's brand!
No, never! Freemen, never! With the right, our arm nerved,
The Union it must and shall be preserved!

And though traitor may spring from 'mong kindred and friends,
Let them look to themselves, to the Union we're true;
If their hearts will prove false let its blood make amends,
And the stain we'll wash off while our hands we imbue!
Neither love of friends false or kindred shall save
Them the terror of flight, and the gloom of the grave;
Let them look to themselves, with the right our arm nerved,
The Union it must and shall be preserved!

If a son or a father prove false to the flag,
Then sever the tie with which nature has bound you,
And remember, though anguish your own heart may drag
To despair, that the love of your country has found you.
And whatever the issue be of this foul strife,
Be sure that it cost not fair Liberty's life.
The let traitors beware! With the righ our arm nerved,
The Union it must and shall be preserved!

Oh! Thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and fraternal blood spilling;
May they ever be guided, great God, by thy hand,
To obey thy just laws and commandments be willing,
And a prosperous nation we ever shall be,
With true love for our Country and full trust in thee.
Grant these blessings, Jehovah! With the right still us nerve,
While the Union we rush to uphold and preserve!

rich r


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: Callie at work
Date: 04 Mar 01 - 08:23 PM

A slight diversion:

Happily, you can sing the words to "Gilligan's Island" to the tune of the Australian national anthem very well.

Callie


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: masato sakurai
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 01:51 PM

The tune in Mudcat MIDIs seems to be based on a later version of "The Star-Spangled Banner." See (& hear) versions of it and of the first edition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" [for example, the first two notes are different]. All are from the Levy Collection.

Title: The Anacreontic Song.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: the Words by Ralph Tomlinson, Esqr., late President of that Society; [Music attributed to John Stafford Smith (1750-1836)].
Publication: London: A. Blands, Music Warehouse, 23, Oxford Street, 1784-1792]..
Form of Composition: strophic with SATB chorus
Instrumentation: voice, piano (two voices, bass and treble), German flute, guitar
First Line: To Anacreon in Heav'n where he sat in full Glee
First Line of Chorus: And besides I'll instruct you like me to intwine
Performer: as Sung at the Crown of Anchor Tavern in the Strand
Subject: Drinking
Subject: Singing
Subject: Gods--Greek
Subject: Myths
Call No.: Box: 000 Item: 001

Title: King and Country. An English Patriotic Song Taken from the Boston Patriotic Song of Adams and Liberty.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Written by Thomas Paine A.M. To the Tune of Anacreon.
Publication: London: W. Milhouse, Musical Instrument Maker, 337 Oxford Street, n.d..
Form of Composition: strophic with refrain
Instrumentation: piano and voice
First Line: Ye Sons of Brittannia who bravely have fought
First Line of Chorus: As ne'er should the Sons of Brittannia be slaves
Subject: Patriotism
Subject: Liberty
Subject: Wars
Call No.: Box: 002 Item: 016

Title: The Battle of the Wabash A Patriotic Song.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Written by Joseph Hutton, to the favourite Air of Anacreon in Heaven [following song is text for "Fort McHenry, or, The Star Spangled Banner."
Publication: Philadelphia: G.E. Blake, n.d..
Form of Composition: strophic
Instrumentation: voice and piano (two voices, treble and bass clefs)
First Line: In the dead of the night when aloud on the air
Performer: "Star Spangled Banner" Sung with great applause by Mr. Harding, at the Theatre Baltimore
Subject: Wars
Subject: Campaigns & battles
Subject: Flags
Subject: Patriotism

Title: The Defense of Fort McHenry (Star-Spangled Banner). The Grandest of American Patriotic Songs.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: The Immortal Lyric by Francis Scott Key. Music by James M. Stewart.
Publication: Washington, D.C.: E.F. Droop & Sons, 1894.
Form of Composition: strophic; different tune than "Anacreon in Heaven"
Instrumentation: voice and piano
First Line: O say can you see by the dawn's early light
Dedicatee: To Prof. Joseph H. Daniel of Washington, D.C.
Engraver, Lithographer, Artist: J.M. Armstrong Co., Music Typographers, 710 Sansom St., Phila.
Subject: Patriotism
Subject: Flags
Subject: Campaigns & battles
Call No.: Box: 000 Item: 005
Call No.: Box: 000 Item: 004

Title: The Star Spangled Banner. A Pariotic Song. [sic] [First edition].
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Adapd. & Arrd. by T.C.
Publication: Baltimore: Carrs Music Store, 36 Baltimore Street, n.d..
Form of Composition: strophic with chorus
Instrumentation: voice and piano; flute part included
First Line: O! say can you see by the dawn's early light
First Line of Chorus: O! say, does that star spangled banner yet wave
Engraver, Lithographer, Artist: (Tssb.)
Subject: Flags
Subject: Patriotism
Subject: Campaigns & battles
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"The Anacreontic Song" and a nineteenth-century version of "the Star-Spangled Banner" can be heard HERE. "The Anacreontick Song" from John Stafford Smith's Fifth Book of Canzonets (London, ca. 1785) [reproduced in Oscar Sonneck's Report on The Star-Spangled Banner, Hail Columbia, America & Yankee Doodle, 1909; rpt. Dover, 1972, p. 169] is more different; it is on The Hilliard Ensemble: The Singing Club (harmonia mundi [France] HMC 901153).
Even the 1884 version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" arranged by Collin Coe (CLICK HERE for MIDI) sounds somewhat different.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: Don Firth
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 02:46 PM

Try singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" to the tune of "Wildwood Flower." With a little minor nipping and tucking, it works!

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: W y s i w y G !
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 06:31 PM

LOL! That's awful! I love it!

~S~


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: Joe_F
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 07:52 PM

Or

If you'll please pick a few, I will fry them for you.

W.W. I taunt (breaks off from the tune after the 4th word):

O say, can you -- imagine, mother,
Your boy is in the guardhouse now.


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: GUEST,Paul J Parkinson
Date: 23 Feb 05 - 09:09 PM

Yes it is from an old drinking song. You can hear most of the lyrics inn a song called 'Our National Anthem' by 'Negativland', on the CD 'FREE' !


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: Q
Date: 23 Feb 05 - 09:22 PM

See thread 35290 for history and versions of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Star-Spangled Banner


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 24 Feb 05 - 06:13 PM

Anyone remember the Albert Brooks parody?

As we stand here waiting
For the ballgame to start
Let's give thanks for our homes
And our two-car garages.
Let's give thanks for TV....


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Jun 05 - 02:45 AM

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light. Whats so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Oct 05 - 07:56 PM

were was the star spangled banner written?


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 09 Oct 05 - 09:40 PM

Best as I recall my history, FSK wrote the poem whilst observing the British bombardment of Ft. McHenry, or shortly thereafter.


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: Margret RoadKnight
Date: 09 Oct 05 - 09:40 PM

"Oh say can you see my eyes? ....
if you can, then my HAIR's too short ..."


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: Celtaddict
Date: 09 Oct 05 - 10:23 PM

The late Tayler Vrooman (yes, that is how he spelled it), who performed for many years at Colonial Williamsburg, did the only version of "To Anacreon in Heaven" I have heard that sounded as if it actually fit. When he realized his time was short, he made a couple of tapes of the historic songs he used to perform there; they were available at the Williamsburg gift shop in the late 80s-early 90s anyway.


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Subject: Spanish version, 2006
From: Haruo
Date: 29 Apr 06 - 04:04 AM

The Immigrants-Rights movement has stirred up a bit of extra excitement through a recording of a Spanish version of the Star-Spangled Banner. I gather the President actually weighed in on the side of not besmirching this song by singing it in unAmerican languages.

Article in Washington Post by David Montgomery.

We had a bit of argument over it on BaptistLife.com, a board I frequent, and I posted there the Vietnamese, Portuguese and Polish lyrics I found on the respective Wikipedias. For any who may wish to sing them in contravention of Mr. Bush's demand... And FWIW I am looking for a Swahili version!

Haruo


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: stallion
Date: 29 Apr 06 - 06:23 AM

about twenty years ago i sang a parody in a folk club, i probably learnt it from Jim McFadyen, any way as i started a huge chunk of the audience stood and joined in,hand on hearts and sang the real version, after they hadn't realized i hadn't sung the right words!


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: GUEST,Juneau Mike
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 08:44 PM

The best version of "Anacreon" I've heard was sung by a group called "Oak, Ash, & Thorn," a bay area (CA) group I believe is still performing. They have a website too (do a Google search). They did the first and last verses only, which made it short enough to be entertaining without dragging on and on (there are six verses).

A few days after the 9/11 attacks, I sang the "Banner" (first verse: there are several verses of "The Star Spangled Banner" out there somewhere), followed by "Anacreon" (the two verses I know), in front of the open mic crowd at the Alaskan Bar. Both were a big hit.


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 09:13 PM

Early in their marriage (probably the minus second year), my parents decorated the guest room in our house in Vermont in red, white, and blue, and stenciled the first two lines of the Star-Spangled Banner around the molding next to the ceiling. My mother's sister's husband (I was told) saw it in the morning and awoke my aunt with a guffaw.

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: Consoling the useless is some use. :||


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Subject: RE: US Natl Anthem: Other lyrics to tune?
From: catspaw49
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 09:21 PM

ATTENTION THERE JUNEAU MIKE

Dave Swan of "Oak, Ash, and Thorn" is a regular poster here at Mudcat and although they are a good group, we all knoe that El Swanno's better half is really his better half!

Dave is also a founding partner in Lane, Fielding, Patterson, and Swan...Layabouts-At-Large. We do the laying about for all those folks who are so busy they have no time for R&R. No problem! LFPS does the R&R for them and sends the bill. Our slogan is "We do nothing for you! It's the least we can do...the very least."

Spaw


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