Edric Haleen - O! Say Can You See?

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This is a sequel to "The Star Spangled Banner".

Whitney Houston's performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" hit #20 on the charts back in 1991 when she originally recorded it for the Super Bowl, but it "peaked" at #6 when it was re-released after the Twin Towers fell.


O! say can you see, now that morning has broken,
The flag that was there when the sun disappeared?
The flag of a land of which poets have spoken;
That ancestors forged and defenders revered.

O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er what they would know?
What they fought to make so?

A land in which ev’ryone gets to live free.
A land where the people can be what they’ll be.
A land where you have the right not to agree,
But you know that it’s true
That others can, too . . .

A land where the masses are trusted to see
The directions in which our best interests would be.
We know being happy has no guarantee,
But we’re free to pursue . . .
And others can, too . . .

So say can you see, by the light streaming o’er us,
Our flag that’s endured through the darkest of days?
A flag that’s inspired generations before us
And still beckons now with the hope it conveys.

O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land that we claim to be?
The land that we aim to be?
A land where all are free?


from SpinTunes #2: Round 2, released October 26, 2010
Edric Haleen




Spintown Middletown, Ohio

I run a songwriting contest called SpinTunes. Most of the material hosted on this account is a result of that contest. You can follow the contest on Twitter (@SpinTunes) or my personal account (@Spintown).

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