Stars And Stripes Forever – Patriotic And Enduring

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Stars And Stripes Forever – Patriotic And Enduring

 

Composed over a hundred years ago, Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa, is an enduring piece of music. Patriotic, inspiring and grand it is immediately Stars and Stripes Forever for Memorial Dayrecognized whenever played.

Listen to Stars And Stripes Forever here.

As it is the National March of the United States, you’ll hear it often at event including Memorial Day and Independence Day. Sousa was well known in the late 19th century and early twentieth century as a composer of military and patriotic marches. Better understood today as ‘theme songs’ most of his work is recognizable to the average listener.

Regarding Stars and Stripes Forever, there is an interesting story of how and why the march was written, relayed here at PBS -The Story of Stars and Stripes Forever.

John Philip Sousa wrote the words to Stars And Stripes Forever:

Let martial note in triumph float
And liberty extend its mighty hand
A flag appears ‘mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
Its folds protect no tyrant crew
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom’s shield and hope.

Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom’s nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free!
May it wave as our standard forever,
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

Let eagle shriek from lofty peak
The never-ending watchword of our land;
Let summer breeze waft through the trees
The echo of the chorus grand.
Sing out for liberty and light,
Sing out for freedom and the right.
Sing out for Union and its might,
O patriotic sons.

Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation,
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom’s nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free.
May it wave as our standard forever
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right
. Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with might endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

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