While Baltimore burned, lawyer Francis Scott Key penned the poem which would go on to become the national anthem of the United States. It was titled “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Key was inspired to write the words as he watched British ships invade Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Key claimed to have kept watch over the large American flag with fifteen stripes and fifteen stars as it flew over the fort despite the bombardment of the Royal Navy, indicating how the United States emerged victorious from the close battle.
When the poem’s words were set to a popular British tune, it became the national anthem of the United States. Now people all across the country learn the words and hear it at public events. But one fan of the Star-Spangled Banner is a lot younger than most. In this adorable video, you’ll watch as a baby babbles the words to the anthem in front of the camera while his patriotic father records it with pride.
Watch as the baby tries to sing along to the complicated and challenging national anthem. Even though many adults don’t know all the words to the Star-Spangled Banner, this baby already has a lot of it covered.
Ever since the “Star-Spangled Banner” became the United States’ official government tune in 1889, it has risen in increasing popularity. But it did not become the official national anthem until March 3, 1931, when it passed a congressional resolution.
While singing the anthem with his baby, dad makes sure to lead the way so the child can do his best. When dad starts going with the lyrics, the baby instantly recognizes the tune and joins in as soon as he can.
“Oh 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?”
Along with his father, the baby bursts into song and even gets the gestures right. As you can see in the photo, the baby has his hands up like a superstar singing the national anthem before the World Series.
48-seconds into the rendition, the baby really gets into it. It is an amazing sight to behold. The baby almost seems to be in tears as he goes along with the music.
Thousands of people have viewed this baby sing the anthem with all his heart and soul. Here are some of the comments users like you left behind.
“What a heart. Perfect choir!”
“Funny and cute. He’s in the tempo.”
“Much better than Fergie at the All-Star game!!!”
“Love it when he closes his eyes and sings!”
Viewers are swept up in the magical moment of patriotism. Although this baby doesn’t yet understand the words, he gets the gist of the song through its melody and the way the words sound. It’s quite inspiring.
What do you think about this baby and daddy duet of “The Star-Spangled Banner?”