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Very, very good for an 11 year old. Our grand daughter is pretty good too for an 8 year old. Type in "Olivia Bernal sings the national Anthem" and listen to her. We think she will be as good as Olivia Kay when she is also 11. Well we grand parents are proud as all grand parents are.

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I forgot to say that the third Stanza here speaks of traitors "down, down with the traitor that dares to defile". Not as bad as Key's original but still not nice.   However other nation's anthem are not nice either. The French and the Mexican anthems are much worse; they speak of blood and war throughout the song. Much, much worse than the tar Spangled Banner. Most national anthems were written with the thoughts of what happened then; of fighting for freedom and hatred for the suppressor. Those anthems are outdated.

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The third stanza here is not what Francis Scott Key wrote. This third stanza, (whomever wrote it), has been substituted because Key's original third stanza is boasting of BLOODY revenge and victory over the British. Also that now the SLAVES, that fought on the side of the British, will be HUNTED and KILLED. Back then slavery was practiced by northerners as well as southerners including some of the founding fathers and Key himself.
Here is Key,s original third stanza : 
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!
       *The burning of Washington and other defeats.
I can understand why this third Stanza is omitted by many.

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Henry A. Roa commented on a video on YouTube.
I really like this version so I am commenting on it again. I also like this version : http://youtu.be/VtjkwkzJZvY    There are many others too.   Follow this link to Sones' 20th anniversary concert.in Millennium Park, Chicago.
http://www.sonesdemexico20.com...

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Great !   see also  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKOqMROXKZcby   and    
 Esta Tierra Es Tuya (This Land Is Your Land)                               

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Henry A. Roa commented on a video on YouTube.
Kenn, you are correct.

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The song was actually written 20 years earlier in 1918. I do not know whether Irving Berlin wrote the introductory verse back then but if he did (I think he did) then he was referring to the war in Europe (1914-1918). Germany was invading the weaker countries and those countries wanted help from the USA. But president Woodrow Wilson could not commit the USA.
 
The sinking of the Lusitania and the German’s secret attempt to convince and help Mexico to go to war with the USA (to keep the USA from entering the war) with the excuse, to gain back the land that was taken by the USA in the Mexican American war were the reasons that the USA finally entered the great war (WWI).
 
Irving Berlin wrote the song as part of his 1918 army play “Yip, Yip Yaphank” but it was not used because it did not fit the comedy style of the show.
 
The events of the 1930s were similar to those of 1914-1918 (that is Adolph Hitler of Germany invading the weaker countries) so the song was released to inspire and bring together the USA in case it had to go to war. In 1941 the USA did enter World War II when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
 
So the song was not written especially for Kate; she just was the first to release it.

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I have heard stories of these ships being used to build other structures. It is sad that stories like this are not viewed as much as stories that center on scandalous events. I listened to Paul Harvey every day. Most young people do not know who he was. 
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