The Star Spangled Man With A Plan lyrics

“The Star Spangled Man With A Plan” is the USO song featured in the new Captain America movie.  I can’t be the only one wanting to know what the lyrics are, and, maddeningly, they are nowhere to be found via google.  Here’s my attempt to decipher them.  I’m including the youtube video that I’ve watched multiple times in the process.  Lines in (parenthesis) mean they are sung at the same time as the lines above them, lines in [brackets] or question marks in brackets means either I’m not sure or have no idea what they’re saying.  If you figure out any of the lines I can’t hear, let me know in the comments.*

(Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by David Zippel):

Who’s strong and brave, here to save the American Way?

Who vows to fight like a man for what’s right night and day?

Who will campaign door-to-door for America,

Carry the flag shore to shore for America,

From Hoboken to Spokane,

The Star Spangled Man with a Plan!

We can’t ignore there’s a threat and a war we must win,

Who’ll hang a noose on the goose-stepping goons from Berlin?

Who will redeem, head the call for America,

Who’ll rise or fall,  give his all for America,

Who’s here to prove that we can?

The Star Spangled Man with a Plan!

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Stalwart and steady and true,

(see how this guy can shoot, we tell ya, there’s no substitute!)

Forceful and ready to defend the

Red, White, and Blue!

Who’ll give the Axis the sack, and is smart as a fox?

(far as an eagle will soar)

Who’s making Adolph afraid to step out of his box?

(He knows what we’re fighting for!)

Who waked the giant that napped in America?

We know it’s no-one but Captain America,

Who’ll finish what they began?

Who’ll kick the Krauts to Japan?

The Star Spangled Man with a Plan!

(Who’s strong and brave, here to save the American way?!)

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*(I’ve updated with suggestions from the comments.  This is fun, you guys!)

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53 responses to “The Star Spangled Man With A Plan lyrics

  1. Joe Steele

    Who will hang the noose on those goose stepping goons from Berlin

  2. lvc

    Who will redeem, heed the call for America

  3. Who’s strong and brave, here to save the American Way?
    Who vows to fight like a man for what’s right night and day?
    Who will campaign door-to-door for America,
    Carry the flag shore-to-shore for America,
    Come_______________________________
    The Star Spangled Man with a Plan!
    We can’t ignore there’s a threat and a war we must win,
    Who’ll hang the noose on the goose-stepping goons from Berlin?
    Who will redeem _________________ for America,
    Who’ll rise or fall, if it’s all for America,
    Who’s here to prove that we can?
    The Star Spangled Man with a Plan!
    Stalwart and steady and true (see how it’s_____we tell you, there’s no substitute!)
    Forceful and ready to defend the Red, White, and Blue!
    Who’ll____________and is smart as a fox? (far as the eagle we’ll soar)
    Who’s making Adolph afraid to step out of his box? (He knows what we’re fighting for!)
    Who’ll win the giant _________ in America?
    We know it’s no one but Captain America
    Who finished what they began?
    Who_________ the ____________?
    The Star Spangled Man with a Plan!
    (Who’s strong and brav, here to save the American way?!)

    • i don’t know about that “who’ll win the giant ??? in America?” line. It’s the only one unclear now…it almost sounds like “turn the tide”?

  4. lvc

    We know its no-one but Captain America

  5. lvc

    Who’ll beat the krauts to Japan?

  6. Joe Steele

    “From Hoboken to Spokane”

    Is the line following from shore to shore for America

  7. Melissa Garber

    I hunted for this song yesterday and couldn’t find it; today I found it through your post, so the least I can do is help you decipher it. 🙂

    From Hoboken to Spokane (not “Come home open …”)

    Who’ll hang the noose on the goose-stepping … (“Who will hang” is too many syllables.)

    (Agree with your brackets for “Who will redeem” and the next line.)

    See how [this guy can shoot?]–we tell you, there’s no substitute

    (Agree with “give the Axis the sack.”)

    (I think it’s “far as an eagle will soar,” not “the eagle,” but I’m not positive.)

    (Agree with “step out of his box.”)

    Who’ll finish … Who’ll beat (Got to be future tense to make any sense.)

    Who’s strong and brave, here to save … (The last line just repeats the first.)

  8. Melissa Garber

    Someone else is working on this too:

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110727220709AAOumDl

    I agree with their “ready to defend” and “kick the Krauts” but not with “the giant attacking”–there’s gotta be an “-ap” there, not an “-ack.” And I think you’re right on “box” rather than “bunks.”

  9. yeah, those sound right. the one line towards the end is driving me crazy now! i can kinda hear “giant” but the rest is unclear.

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  11. Marco

    “Who make the giant to nap in America.”
    But I am hesitating if it is make or wake. But make is more appropriate. Let’s also match it with history. haha

  12. Doctor Infinity

    I think the line “Who will redeem, heed the call for America” is actually “Who will indeed, heed the call for America”. Redeem makes no sense in this context.

  13. Jess

    in “Who [waked the giant that napped in] America?”
    I understands is more like:
    “Who’ll whip the giant attacking America?”

    • I just listened to that part about four times. I don’t hear the “attacking” in there at all, it seems pretty clearly “that napped”. The waked/whip part is less clear, but waked makes more sense with napped.

      • kamiyra

        Just saw the movie yesterday, finally, and was linked to this when my mom wanted the lyrics. I distinctly remember hearing, very clearly, that it was “waked the giant in America”. The imagery struck me at the time – I was imagining the Jolly Green Giant getting up from a nap in a field. ^^;;

      • Katt5673

        Just a thought – waking the giant makes sense to me because a Japanese general was supposed to have said ‘we have awakened a sleeping giant’ after Pearl Harbor was attacked. (something along those lines)
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isoroku_Yamamoto%27s_sleeping_giant_quote

  14. Just watched Captain America today ^^

    And I was listening to the song, but I think instead of “Who will indeed heed the call” it’s “Who will indeed lead the call”. I definitely hear a “l” sound.

    I’ll try to hear some more 🙂

  15. Who’ll make the try in helping America?
    We know it’s no one but Captain America!

    —–
    To me, it sounds like this. ^^

  16. Last thing!

    I think it’s “sure as an eagle will soar”, not “far”.

    Other than that, I’m pretty sure the entire thing’s correct ^^

  17. Ivan

    It sounds like
    “Who’ll break the giant of Captain America
    We know there’s no-one but Captain America”
    to me anyway, hope that helped some

  18. James

    It’s definitely either “Who’ll wake the giant that napped in America” or “Who waked the giant that napped in America” for the reason that has already been stated. Likewise, it flows with the theme of the song which is that Captain America embodies American virtues required to win the war; hence he is “awakening” the sleeping giant to which Yamamoto is reputed to have referred.

  19. pm

    I think it is “Who kicked the giant that napped in America” in reference both to the Japanese general’s famous quote and to the fact that America was reluctant before the attack at Pearl Harbor to become involved in the war which was going on since 1939, (as in implying Capt. America gave try at opening America’s eyes before it was awakened to reality by Pearl Harbor). A few lines later in the lyrics the word “kick” sounds very similar. Very clever lyrics and song. Should please add credit for the song writer Alan Menken and lyricist David Zippel so people know who collaborated to create this excellent tribute to patriotic anthems of the 40s.

  20. pm

    And – “Who will indeed heed the call for America” – again is a reference to the “call for America” from other countries who were trying to engage America to join the war, as well as probably a reference to volunteerism for the war effort in America. And – “Far as an eagle we’ll soar” – reference to capturing the Eagle’s Nest (Adolph Hitler’s mountain refuge).

  21. I just listened to it and it works out perfectly. 😀 Great, now I will know it by heart in about five minutes! 😄

  22. APHistorian

    “Who’ll kick the Krauts to Japan?”

    I hear it as “Who’ll give the brass to Japan?”. It doesn’t make any sense for Americans to push Germans to Japan, since they were pushing the Japanese towards the Germans at the same time.

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  24. Brian

    Checked the subtitles on the BluRay, in the second verse there they have it in as “who will redeem, heed the call for America” and not “who will indeed lead the call for America.” As for the line you have in brackets, that’s exactly what it says in the subtitles, “Who waked the giant that napped in America”

  25. stevehol

    Great song – thanx for posting

  26. Alysha Greene

    Yay! First comment is almost a year! This is my favorite song EVER! 🙂

  27. Hello, Internet :)

    SO happy to find this 🙂 I’ve got a friend who loves Captain America and I’m sure he’d really appreciate it. You’ve done a great job listening out 😀 Aweesooommmeeee!!

  28. brooke

    i love captain america!

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  30. Capsicle101

    Thank you so much!

  31. Amanda Lane

    Thanks for the lyrics! This was the only site I found that had them.

  32. Ciaran

    I just bought a really nice headset and listened to this a couple of times. The lyrics and definitely spot on. good job.

  33. Kelly

    I have heard that it is ‘step out of his BUNKS’, not box, but I don’t know for sure 🙂
    Love this song!

  34. The film is worth watching for this song alone, I love it. Thanks for this!

  35. Tetris

    OH MY GOSH THANK YOU. i have been singing this forever but couldnt find the lyrics… CAPSICKLE THANKS YOU!

  36. I think “Who waked the giant that napped in America?” Is actually “Who’ll whip the giant attacking America?”

  37. Greyspell

    Wow this is fantastic!
    But I think the line is ‘Woke the giant’ not ‘Waked the giant’…

  38. tom smith

    Not to date myself too much, but the lyrics incorporate many of the slogans and catch-phrases used in rallying Americans to the fight against Nazi-ism. “Wake the Sleeping Giant” , “Kick the Krauts to Japan” “Fight like a man”, “Put a noose on the Goose-stepping goons from Berlin”, “Who will heed the call for America?”, “Give the Axis the Sack”, and more. Just altered slightly to fit the music. Americans worked together back then…and we’ll have to do so again if we’re going to survive. Help your fellow American, and you help yourself (no matter what todays government tells you).
    Patriotism is timeless!

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