Sufjan Stevens Reinterprets “The Star-Spangled Banner”

Chimesfreedom has previously discussed some of the different versions of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and now we can add a version by Sufjan Stevens who has reinterpreted the national anthem. It is a new re-working of the song, changing the melody and some of the lyrics. Stevens posted the song last night before the election results, but it is not a celebration song: “And the flag marked with blood with the blood of our hands / And our hands marked with death, with the blood of a man.” Check it out.

As part of his upcoming Christmas season tour, Stevens will release a holiday-music EP box Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas on November 13. I know it is a little early for holiday music, but in case you want to check out one of the songs from the upcoming CD, here is his take on “Angels We Have Heard on High.”


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