The Tune to Star Spangled Banner Was Straight Up Stolen.

Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the Star Spangled Banner. It was originally about Fort McHenry in Baltimore, which successfully fought off the British navy in 1814. But the music—the notes we all know by heart, even if you don’t quite remember the words —was originally an old 18th century British drinking song called “To Anacreon in Heav’n,” about a men’s social club called the Anacreontic Society where there was a lot of booze and fiddle-playing