Oh say, can you see? [VIDEO]

Today is the bicentennial of our nation’s anthem, the Star Spangled Banner written by Francis Scott Key on September 14, 1814 as he watched the shelling of Ft. McHenry by the British Navy in Baltimore harbor. The American flag stands as a global symbol of liberty and freedom for all people — a beacon. Today we remember what Key saw 200 years ago, men defending the honor of our nation and its flag during the final days of the War of 1812. The flag flew then and it continues to fly today.

And on this 200th anniversary celebration I can’t think of any better rendition of our National Anthem than that performed by the angelic voice of Whitney Houston at the 1991 Super Bowl in Tampa Florida. This we’ll defend.

http://youtu.be/6wvG5JQA5og

While the song was popular during the 1800s, it didn’t become the national anthem until the early 1930s. The military had adopted it for ceremonial purposes decades earlier, but it took legislation signed in 1931 by President Herbert Hoover to make it official. Here are the full four stanzas of The Star Spangled Banner if you’d like to sing along.

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?

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! Oh 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!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory 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!

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Joe Mamma
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Now there’s a woman who could sing!! One of the most angelical beautiful voices of the century
Unlike the Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Miley Cyrus skanks of the world.
Too bad she hooked up with such loser AKA Bobby Brown

BobM001
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Right on! To bad she didn’t end up with a REAL talent like Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR7kekXBp7E&feature=player_detailpage

Joe Mamma
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I think her best shot was Kevin Costner….
Remember that one?

BobM001
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YUP! Great flick!

bl1962
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Maybe but none of the above you mention OD on cocaine.

Joe Mamma
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I was not judging her character but her talent in comparison
What part of that did you not understand on my posting or do I need to be more specific

bl1962
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So you are saying Molie can’t sing?

Joe Mamma
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Don’t know who Molie is.
I was comparing her to Madonna, Spears, Gaga, and Cyrus

bl1962
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Sorry i mean Miley and i think you know that.

BobM001
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You must mean Miley “Silage”.

Joe Mamma
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Knowing how to sing and having a God given angelical voice are two different things

bl1962
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Understood.

Joe Mamma
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Did not mean to get confrontational on the issue but maybe you misunderstood my posting.

Stryder51
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Amen. And yes, Bobby Brown destroyed her in every facet of her being…morally, physically, and mentally.

bl1962
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Only person to blame for addiction is yourself

Joe Mamma
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I do not disagree with your statement but I do give women the benefit of the doubt as they can more easily be controlled and led astray by a psychologically and physically overpowering man

bl1962
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I agree but people have a choice she could have left him.

Joe Mamma
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Unless you’re a physically and psychologically oppressed controlled woman I don’t think you understand the dynamics of a relationship or how easy/hard can be for a woman in that predicament to walk out of a relationship.
By your logic millions of women in Islam should just walk out of the religion

bl1962
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This is America you have a choice unlike women of the Muslim world where they are considered no more than a animal and would be stoned to death or beheaded.

Joe Mamma
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Even in this country there are thousands of women that submit themselves to physical and verbal abuse thru islam which proves my point that is purely done by psychological or physical male control and indoctrination.. is not something a woman can in many instances easily get out of

Terry D Gibbens
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I got to watch this on the flight back from the gulf in April 1991 it was inspiring

Paris Wixon
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I get chill bumps every time I hear the The Star Spangled Banner! Whitney did a beautiful job. I miss the patriotism that I grew up with and still feel for my country. People today do not seem to understand all that was given for them to live in this great nation….
I miss Whitneys voice too. Thanks for sharing Mr. West. You are a true Patriot.

Al Parsons
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People today don’t care what was given FOR them, they only care about what is given TO them.

Southern Xposure
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Agree, unforgettable.

Alphaphotographer .
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Never will there be another Whitney. Gifted. Beautiful.

Kirstin 'Honsey' McLendon
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Kirstin 'Honsey' McLendon

Notice how back then, people were proud to hold the American Flag during the anthem? Nowadays, people stand around with a bored look on their face like they can’t wait for the anthem to be done. A shame what our country has become.

Poorlaggedman
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We’d just won the Gulf War a couple days prior. If we had leaders that finished the job nowadays and unleashed the full force of military might against our enemies who’ve declared war on us, then we’d have people proud in their flag.

Brendan
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Actually, the Gulf War ended a month after this.
And we certainly didn’t finish the job.

rokpaperskizzors
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Proud to say she sang it here in the Big Sombrero in Tampa.

4theLord
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I had no idea that there were other verses…thank you, I will learn them. Also, I heard that Key was an attorney that was being held prisioner on the British ship where he was inspired to write our song. Steadfast and Loyal, In God is our trust, Molon Labe!

Susan D.
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Nobody sang it like Whitney ♥

Bob Young
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Until Whitney did this rendition of our national anthem, Rosanne Barr was known to have done the best performance of the Star Spangled Banner.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls1YVhcLD2c

BTW, I wonder what ever happened to that girl in the crowd that they focused in on who was waving her small American flag?

rokpaperskizzors
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And then there was THIS mistake. Hooock TOOEY!

Bob Young
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Yes indeed, she made the hooock tooey mistake, but that shouldn’t negate the power of the rest of her performance.

rokpaperskizzors
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We can agree it was an individualistic interpretation. 😉

John
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It gave me goosebumps.

4theLord
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Happy Bicentennial of our National Anthem! Whitney Houston in 1991, and now, Jennifer Hudson . I had a thought this morning: I feel so grateful for our “black country” within our country. Black America is not a subculture, it is a supraculture. If blacks had not retained their own style of singing their hearts out, we would not have a Whitney Houston, or a Jennifer Hudson, or a Lawrence Beaman, for that matter. “We Will Overcome” is a song that we ALL need to be singing, and blacks have been overcoming from the beginning, from before the first slave ship… Read more »
janice
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She had a magnificent voice……

jpeters3270
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I love to watch her sing. Sometimes she gets a look on her face that SHE can’t believe the magnificent sounds coming out of her own throat!! Rest in Peace, Good Lady. God needed you for his own choir.

Dianne Williams
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I miss her so much.. Her voice is truly a gift from god. Rest in Peace Whitney.. you are very much missed!

Maosucks
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As a Buffalo Bills fan growing up in Buffalo when the Bills were going to their string of Super Bowls at this time, I remember it well, sir!

Greatest rendition to date I can recall, too!!

Don Foster
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Thank God he shared her glorious voice with us for the brief time he did. Excellent choice, sir.

handgunnar
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Too bad that it was lip-synched. Still, it’s a great sounding rendition.

Lattelover
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One of a kind. Beautiful.

RVNMike
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A beautiful woman with a voice that was phenomenal voice. I hate the way life turned out for her. She seemed as though she was really a good person at heart. She just got tied up with a POS man.

Metalmoto
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Yep! That crack whore could sure belt it out.

suemeehan62@yahoo.com
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absolutely best performance of the national anthem ever!

Scott Blackwell
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I do love both Whitney’s and Jennifer’s renditions, especially Jennifer’s phrasing and emphasise on certain words, but I truly feel that there are three other versions that are the best..at number 3 — Cher’s singing the anthem… totally out of her comfort zone but superbly done. At number 2–the recently released (July 4,2014) cappella version by the Bill Gaither Quatet…Brilliantly Done. And number 1– the version sung during the completion if the renovation of Statue of Liberty by Sandi Patti.. the only time I have every heard all four stanzas preformned by a singer and if you think Whitney and… Read more »
stone8
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Sure would be better if they would just sing it as written and not try to add “their own” little unnecessary embellishments! Looked pretty good back then..

W Meyer
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Relatively straight, compared to most, but it’s NOT about “stylings”.

MotherBatherick
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I would like to watch (another) “Shock and Awe” in Iraq (and Syria) on my tv set with our national anthem being played in the background. And loudly.