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To Anacreon in Heav'n
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"The song was written for the Anacreontic Society, probably around 1771. The tune (...) is now thought to have been written "collectively" by members of the society, led by John Stafford Smith (...). The society met every two weeks to get drunk, sing songs and to indulge in some debauchery. Anacreon himself was a Greek poet from about 570BC who was noted for his erotic poetry (...) and his drinking songs." - Joao Rocha


Of course, we know the melody as it is the one adopted to the lyrics of Francis Scott Key in the poem "Defence of Fort M'Henry". This combined to become The Star Spangled Banner. Isn't it ironic that a poem celebrating the defense of a US city (Baltimore) was set to a British tune to become the national anthem of the United States?


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Fascinating information, and such "interesting" lyrics...



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"The song was written for the Anacreontic Society, probably around 1771. The tune (...) is now thought to have been written "collectively" by members of the society, led by John Stafford Smith (...). The society met every two weeks to get drunk, sing songs and to indulge in some debauchery. Anacreon himself was a Greek poet from about 570BC who was noted for his erotic poetry (...) and his drinking songs." - Joao Rocha


Of course, we know the melody as it is the one adopted to the lyrics of Francis Scott Key in the poem "Defence of Fort M'Henry". This combined to become The Star Spangled Banner. Isn't it ironic that a poem celebrating the defense of a US city (Baltimore) was set to a British tune to become the national anthem of the United States?


Amusing bit of trivia. This would be a great Final Jeopardy question!


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