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Published on Jan 1, 2009
First and Fourth stanza of the Star Spangled Banner recorded in late 1914 by Margaret Woodrow Wilson, daughter of then president Woodrow Wilson, and sold as a souvenir of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition in San Francisco. Her share of royalty's were to be donated to the Red Cross.
At the time this was recorded, the Star Spangled Banner was not yet officially the American national anthem, just one of many patriotic songs used at official government functions. That did not occur until 1931.
The flip side is a medley of patriotic airs, with the label shown at the end of this video.
The 2 stanzas she sung are:
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. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet 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 victory 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!