The Star Spangled Banner

by Duke Ellington

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and big-band leader. Ellington wrote over 1,000 compositions. In the opinion of Bob Blumenthal of The Boston Globe, "[i]n the century since his birth, there has been no greater composer, American or o…




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 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

Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Written by: DERRYCK THORNTON, MARK RANKIN, FRANCIS SCOTT KEY

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT LP, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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