Posted November 15, 2013

We Had a Broadway Singer Surprise Fans with More Verses of the Anthem Before a Game

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Did you know that the Star-Spangled Banner has four verses? We didn’t, until a tumble down the Wikipedia rabbit hole led to that discovery. And neither did most of the players and fans at a late-August Lehigh Valley IronPigs game, all of whom were introduced to that fact by the formidable vocal chords of “Kinky Boots” star and The Deafening frontwoman Lena Hall.

Heaps of gratitude to the IronPigs for welcoming our crew, and to Lena for performing the most stirring rendition of the Anthem (of any length) that anyone in attendance has ever heard live.

Your move, Beyoncé.

5 comments
Reeder
Reeder

I love the fourth verse, which she didn't sing, for its acknowledgement of "The power that hath made and preserved us a nation."

O, thus be it ever when free men shall stand

Between their loved homes, and the war's desolation

Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-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.

JimLaubach
JimLaubach

I was at the game, and I'm in the video -- with a huge smile on my face because I, like a lot of other fans, knew exactly what was happening. Oh, some people were confused, but so what? We're not any more ignorant here than anywhere else in the U.S., you know. Whether it was supposed to be funny or not, I consider myself lucky to have been at the park that day to hear one of this country's most beautiful and talented singers surprise us with not one, but three verses of our National Anthem!

Bobbarker
Bobbarker

@jimfromhongkong I don't think it was supposed to be funny. It's sad that so many people didn't know the other verses. We sang them in choir when I was a kid.