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Oh Say Can You Sing, The Star Spangled Banner?
Written by Lauren McMillen
Last updated on July 05, 2014 @ 7:46PM
Created on July 05, 2014 @ 6:22PM

We all know the words and can sing along to "The Star Spangled Banner", but the song we are used to hearing just might not be the true tune.

Turns out, the original song is quite different than the version we are used to listening to. It was actually first known as the Patriotic Song.

The tempo was more upbeat and it was sung by a group, instead of a single soloist. For the most part, the lyrics are the same, but take a listen and you will notice some differences.

So how do people around here feel about this original version? 5 News talked to some of you who said you didn't even realize it was the same song.

"I think it sounds different only because I'm used to the other one. The original one sounds good, but it sounds like an army band or an army choir," said Joan Lejeune, Harrison County resident. 

"I don't like it. I like the version we are used to better," said John Davis, Tucker County resident. 

The song has gone through several changes throughout the years, but it's become America's theme song. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the tune.


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