Two of my friends here in Korea are from England. They asked me a few nights ago about the "Star Spangled Banner" and I was telling them the story behind it about the guy who was watching Fort McHenry after the British attacked D.C. to see if in the morning light the flag of the U.S. was still standing. Then they asked me if I knew all the words. I responded that I didn't know if I did and started going through the lyrics to see if I could remember them. By the end of the song I was singing my heart out.
O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
I really miss America.