Broadway star starts performing National Anthem—but the words she sings—baffles whole stadium

December 14, 2017 11:36 am Last Updated: December 14, 2017 11:36 am

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Broadway actress Lena Hall was invited to perform the Star-Spangled Banner before a baseball game by Sport Illustrated, but the words that came when she started singing left the crowd at first confused.

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The first few lines were the anthem as most people knew it.

But then as people applauded and began to sit back down, put on their hats, she belted out yet another line.

“On the shore dimly seen, thro’ the mists of the deep,”

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It was to the tune of the anthem, but you could tell from the reactions people weren’t sure what they were listening to. Even the players were confused.

(Sports Illustrated/Youtube)
(Sports Illustrated/Youtube)

But as Hall continued, they realized she must be singing another verse of the anthem.

(Sports Illustrated/Youtube)

As she finished—again came the applause, the hats, and the seating.

But she wasn’t finished.

(Sports Illustrated/Youtube)

Hall treated the stadium to yet a third verse of the National Anthem, rarely heard at a ball game.

(Sports Illustrated/Youtube)
(Sports Illustrated/Youtube)
(Sports Illustrated/Youtube)

By now people knew what they were in for, but were surprised they’d never heard these words to the anthem before. Watch the video, and find full lyrics below:

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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, thro’ the perilous fight’
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.
And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave? 
On the shore dimly seen, thro’ 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 on the stream;
‘Tis the star-spangled banner: oh, 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 wash’d out their foul footstep’s 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.
Oh, thus be it ever when free men 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 has made and preserved us as a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause 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.
Written by Francis Scott Key on September 14th,1814.