A shift is needed…

November is an odd time to be patriotic, but I was today.  In Written in Silence there is a rebel faction against New America called the Old American Movement.  They are trying to take down the tyrannical government and replace it with democracy once again.  The OAM’s mantra is “Bring back the Home of the Brave!”  Meaning, let old America come back.

Today, I was writing a speech that Michael is giving to the OAM.  He’s trying to get them to step out of the fractured state of separate cells with no real goal, and get them to unify.  After his well accepted speech, he holds up the lyrics to a song that hadn’t been sung in over seventy years, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

But he doesn’t stop at the first verse that everyone in the real world knows, and continues on to the the next three verses that aren’t known by most people in real life.  Even I don’t know all the words, and I love “The Star-Spangled Banner”.  I’m not political, but I am very patriotic.  So, as I wrote this evening, I added the words of the song into the story because it fit.  I didn’t even plan on doing it, it just kind of happened, and I’m not sorry for it.

I even included the last verse, the one that was written and added on after the Civil War.  That verse in particular is prudent to the story of Written in Silence.

So today, I ask that you read the words of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, including the added verse, and really pay attention to what it says, because it really is a powerful song.

The Star-Spangled Banner

by Francis Scott Key (first four verses) & Oliver Wendell Holmes (fifth verse)

O! 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;
O! 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, O! 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.

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry 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!

When our land is illumined with liberty’s smile,
If a foe from within strikes a blow at her glory,
Down, down with the traitor that tries to defile
The flag of the stars, and the page of her story!
By the millions unchained,
Who their birthright have gained
We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave,
While the land of the free is the Home of the Brave.

Bring back the Home of the Brave!

Current word count for Written in Silence: 46,262/50,000!

Until next time,

Andrew Ronzino, a Proud American


Comments on: "NaNoWriMo Day 16: The Star-Spangled Banner" (4)

  1. Wow, really interesting. I knew there must be more (rarely does a song end in one verse) but I have never heard what the rest is. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What awesome words! Thank you for writing them out for us.

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