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Published on Jul 4, 2009
This is the lyrics, in the Navajo language, to our nation's National Anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." It was originally a poem by Francis Scott Key written in 1814. It was later set to music by John Stafford Smith. The song presented here is sung by Radmilla A. Cody, former Miss Navajo Nation (1997-1998) and recording artist. This song is available on her album entitled "Within the Four Directions."
The lyrics here are not only intended to teach the song, but to alsohelp learn the meaning of the words to the song. Again, a translation of the Navajo word or words in English is written below each word. This is just but one version of translation in that one Navajo word can mean many different things when translated to English.
To all the soldiers who are stationed here in the U.S. or overseas, may God bless you and may this song bless you wherever you are. I hope this song adds to your celebrations this 4th of July.