Dad Sings National Anthem To Baby Who Steals The Show In Seconds With Backup Song Going Viral
The National Anthem for the United States of America, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was written by then 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after he watched Fort McHenry be invaded by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Francis Scott Key claimed to be inspired by a large American flag featuring 15 stars and 15 stripes flying triumphantly above the fort after the United States emerged victorious from the battle.
This poem ended up being set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith, already popular in the United States. It’s a rite of passage for Americans to learn the lyrics and proudly sing it with their hands over their hearts, including one absolutely adorable baby.
The National Anthem is a challenging song to actually sing perfectly with a range of 19 semitones. We can hear off camera Dad singing with a booming baritone voice the National Anthem.
But the camera is focused on the cutest baby sitting in its high chair, completely fixated on Dad. Just a few short notes into the song and the baby simply must sing along!
“The Star-Spangled Banner” became an official government tune in 1889 when it was recognized by the United States Navy. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson also recognized it in 1916 and it became the official National Anthem per approval by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931.
For their special duet, Dad starts out singing the memorable lyrics that most can recite by heart. Instantly, baby perks up.
“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 brights stars through the perilous fight. O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?”
As Dad sings along, the baby gently pats the highchair tray and tries valiantly to sing along. The baby honestly thinks its truly singing perfectly with its poppa.
In fact, it actually sounds like the baby is very close to pronouncing a few of the actual words! It’s crazy!
At 48 seconds into the song, the baby really gets into their duet and begins flailing its arms all around, waving them high up in the air. The more exuberant that Dad’s voice gets, the louder and more excited the baby becomes, too.
The wee one can just tell when Dad has hit the peak part of the first verse, which is the one most commonly sung. The baby really throws itself into this performance now!
“And the rockets’ 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?”
Their mid-meal mini-concert is just too adorable! Check it out for yourself!