The Star-Spangled Banner

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The Star Spangled Banner
Composer John Stafford Smith
Released 1778-??-??
Title Origin Official

The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of The United States of America. The music was composed by John Stafford Smith in 1778. Lyrics were written by Francis Scott Key and set to the song in 1814.

Games

SAM (C64)

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SAM (C64)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1982-??-??
Format SID

SAM, an early text-to-speech program, has this song as an example of what the software can.

Blue Max (C64)

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Blue Max (C64)
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Arranger Gary J. Sabin
Released 1983-??-??
Format SID

Plays during the U.S. Gold company logo.

Traverse USA (ARC)

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Traverse USA (ARC)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1983-??-??
Format UNK


Winter Games (C64)

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Winter Games (C64)
Arranger David Thiel
Released 1985-??-??
Format SID


Fireworks Celebration Kit (C64)

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Fireworks Celebration Kit (C64)
Arranger Stephen Gaboury
Released 1985-??-??
Format SID

Track 1 in the SID file.

Double Dribble (ARC)

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Double Dribble (ARC)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1986-??-??
Format UNK

This version of the song is unique, in that it uses a digitized voice to sing the song. Unfortunately, it was very poorly done and has become very controversial.

Winter Games (AST)

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Winter Games (AST)
Arranger David Thiel
Released 1986-??-??
Format SID


Winter Games (NES)

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Winter Games (NES)
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Arranger Kenichi Tomizawa
Released 1987-03-27
Length 0:11
Format NSF

The song plays when you select USA as your team. The song was transposed to the key of B major and only plays the first verse.

Rush'n Attack (NES)

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Rush'n Attack (NES)
Arranger Shinya Sakamoto, Iku Mizutani, Satoe Terashima, Masanori Adachi
Released 1987-04-10
Format NSF


1943: The Battle of Midway (ARC)

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1943: The Battle of Midway (ARC)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1987-06-??
Format UNK


Double Dribble (NES)

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Double Dribble (NES)
Arranger Atsushi Fujio
Released 1987-09-??
Format NSF


Superman (NES)

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Superman (NES)
Arranger Ryu Hasegawa
Released 1987-12-22
Format NSF


1943 Kai (ARC)

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1943 Kai (ARC)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1988-06-??
Format UNK


R.B.I. Baseball 3 (NES)

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R.B.I. Baseball 3 (NES)
Arranger Brad Fuller
Released 1988-12-20
Format NSF


World Games (NES)

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World Games (NES)
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Arranger David Wise
Released 1989-03-??
Format NSF


Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road (NES)

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Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road (NES)
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Arranger David Wise
Released 1990-04-??
Length 0:06
Format NSF


North and South (NES)

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North and South (NES)
Arranger Y. Kawakami, Hiroyuki Masuno
Released 1990-09-21
Format NSF


NES Play Action Football (NES)

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NES Play Action Football (NES)
Arranger Akihito Hayashi
Released 1990-09-??
Format NSF


Zombie Nation (NES)

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Zombie Nation (NES)
Arranger Norio Nakagata, Takane Ohkubo
Released 1990-12-14
Format NSF


R.B.I. Baseball 2 (NES)

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R.B.I. Baseball 2 (NES)
Arranger Brad Fuller, Don Diekneite, John Paul
Released 1990-??-??
Format NSF


1943 Kai (TG16)

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1943 Kai (TG16)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1991-03-22
Format HES


Bo Jackson Baseball (NES)

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Bo Jackson Baseball (NES)
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Arranger Marshall Parker
Released 1991-10-??
Format NSF

The song plays before the start of a game, accompanied by a graphic of a female singer. It is track 1 in the NSF file.

Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball (NES)

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Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball (NES)
Arranger Paul Webb
Released 1991-10-??
Format NSF

The song plays before the start of a game. Only the last few seconds of the song are included. It is track 1 in the NSF file. It plays in the key of D major and starts from the ending "...home of the free."

The Hunt for Red October (NES)

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The Hunt for Red October (NES)
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Arranger Tania Smith
Released 1991-11-15
Length 0:38
Format NSF

The song plays after you successfully complete the game. It is track 5 in the NSF file.

Cisco Heat (C64)

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Cisco Heat (C64)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1991-??-??
Format SID

Track 2 in the SID file.

CJ in the USA (C64)

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CJ in the USA (C64)
Arranger Ashley Hogg
Released 1991-??-??
Length 0:02
Format SID

Track 1 in the SID file (incorporated into intro).

Wolfenstein 3D (DOS)

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Wolfenstein 3D (DOS)
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Arranger Bobby Prince
Released 1992-05-05
Length 1:08
Format IMF

The song, The March to War, from Wolfenstein 3D (DOS) incorporates the melody of The Star-Spangled Banner along with several other patriotic songs.

International Tennis Open (CDI)

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International Tennis Open (CDI)
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Arranger Thierry Carron
Released 1992-??-??
Length 2:29
Format RTF

The Star-Spangled Banner is stored in hymnes.rtf.

Super Bases Loaded 3: License to Steal (SNES)

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Super Bases Loaded 3: License to Steal (SNES)
Arranger Akihito Suita, Shigemitsu Goto, Civicn
Released 1994-12-23
Format SPC


Super R.B.I. Baseball (SNES)

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Super R.B.I. Baseball (SNES)
Arranger Andy Armer
Released 1995-06-??
Format SPC


Lyrics

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 rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


(These verses were written, but are rarely performed):

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner, O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation.
Blest with vict'ry 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![

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