The Anacreontic Song

The Star-Spangled Banner is our theme as we approach the Fourth.  

It is American lore that The Star-Spangled Banner is a poem composed by Francis Scott Key (a lawyer, incidentally) that is set to the tune of what was a popular British drinking song.   The “popular British drinking song” is The Anacreontic Song, the lyrics of which are found here.   A whimsical YouTube version of the song is below:

Hard to imagine you could do justice to that tune and remember the lyrics after quaffing a few pints at the neighborhood pub!  In any case, we thank our British friends for allowing us to borrow the melody.

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