Lyrics to Semper Supra were penned by members of the US Armed Forces

Eve Edwards September 21, 2022
Lyrics to Semper Supra were penned by members of the US Armed Forces
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The United States Space Force, a branch of the US Armed Forces founded in 2019, announces they have adopted ‘Semper Supra’ as their official song – but what do the lyrics mean?

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to establish a Space Force song that will be part of our culture and heritage for years to come,” Chief of Space Operations General John “Jay” Raymond said in a statement, as per the Air Force website report.

If Latin is not your strong suit, then don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look at what the lyrics to Semper Supra mean as well as more about the United States Space Force’s use of the song.

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US Space Force adopt Semper Supra as their official song

Semper Supra has been named as the first-ever official song for the United States Space Force.

The song choice was unveiled during the 2022 Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on Tuesday, September 20. 

The US Army’s song is The Army Goes Rolling Along, which was adopted in 1952. The US Marines’ song, The Marines’ Hymn, was first adopted in 1929 and later updated in 1942.

What does Semper Supra mean?

If you don’t speak Latin, you might be slightly thrown by the title of the USSF’s official song. The title of the song is made in reference to the Space Force’s official motto ‘Semper Supra’. This means “always above.”

The US Space Force announced their motto and logo on July 22, 2020 at the Pentagon, D.C.

The official Twitter account for the USSF tweeted: “‘Semper Supra’ is our official motto and it represents our role in establishing, maintaining, and preserving U.S. freedom of operations in the space domain.”

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Exploring the lyrics to Semper Supra

Now you’ve heard the song, let’s take a look at the lyrics. They are as follows:

We’re the mighty watchful eye, 
 
Guardians beyond the blue, 
 
The invisible front line, 
 
Warfighters brave and true. 
 
Boldly reaching into space, 
 
There’s no limit to our sky. 
 
Standing guard both night and day, 
 
We’re the Space Force from on high.

You can listen to the song in full below:

The song was composed by members of the Armed Forces

If you wondering who is responsible for writing the lyrics of Semper Supra, it was US Air Force veteran James Teachenor. Teachenor is a singer/songwriter who was formerly in the Air Force band in Colorado Springs. He was also a member of the US Air Force band at the Air Force Academy.

Teachenor was behind the lyrics and Shawn Nelson, a member of the Coast Guard Band in Connecticut, was responsible for the musical arrangement.

The song was ultimately played and recorded by the USCG band after months of compositional developments and edits.

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