Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Change the National Anthem?

That is something I hear from time to time over the years. Most recently I read it in an article in the Parade magazine section of the local Sunday paper. Those who want it changed, want it changed from The Star Spangled Banner[henceforth to be referred to as Our National Anthem], to America the Beautiful[henceforth to be referred to as AtB]. They are both beautiful songs I'm not arguing that. of the reasons that some want to change from our National Anthem to AtB they say is that AtB is easier for people and performers to sing than Our National Anthem. Lets look at this somewhat spurious argument shall we? When we hear Our National Anthem at special events and sporting events what he hear is this:
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 bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Most entertainers/singers problem with this song is that they're self aggrandizing, self absorbed retards, who just can't help but try to put their own personal twist on a song that is not meant to be fucked with in that way. If they'd sing it the way it's meant to be sung, simply, there would be no problem.

Now here is what you hear when you hear America the Beautiful at some events:
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Okay it might be a little shorter but it's the same amount of LINES. 8 lines. Now the lines of Our National Anthem are a couple words longer per, but it's 8 simple fucking lines! How hard is it to memorize 8 lines that should have been burned into your brain from CHILDHOOD! Especially if you started out performing at a young age! In that case then I'm sorry but you've got no excuse for flubbing 8 lines. [As did Christina Aguilera recently] Now..want to know a really interesting factoid that[I suspect] MOST people DON'T know? When you hear those 8 are NOT hearing the entire song .... EITHER of them.

What?! You thought a song was only going to be the same 8 lines over and over again? *facepalm, sigh* Lord give me strength. Here:

Go forth and read the entirety of both poems. Basically to me..they can complain about one song or the other being more difficult to sing..when they sing ALL of the stanzas for BOTH songs consistently at special and sporting events..not before. Til that day..shut the hell up and sit the hell down.

Another reason I've heard for a changeis that Our National Anthem is 'about the War of 1812 which most people don't know or care about anyway, and that America the Beautiful more accurately reflects America'............................................................


That quote is an almost direct quote from the article I read on Sunday. My response to the quotee for the first part of his statement is..
Well whose fault is that you ignorant, self absorbed ASS?!

Oh and that quote is a generalization. What Our National Anthem is specifically about is the sight of the American Flag, still hanging and waving in the breeze after the Royal Navy bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814. The sight of Old Glory still waving in the breeze over the fort, instead of being struck down as a sign of surrender was what inspired him to pen a poem entitled "In Defense of Fort McHenry". Which is what Our National Anthem was originally called. See.. old Francis Scott well he was THERE. He was held prisoner on a British Naval ship temporarily when he went to get ...the name of someone whose name escapes me at the moment's release from the British.

So therefore in response to the question 'should we change Our National Anthem from The Star Spangled Banner to America the Beautiful?' I say..
I don't think so junior. *snort*

1 comment:

  1. I'll try this again.
    I'm partial to changing it. To Sir Mix A Lot's "I like big Butts"...
    I like big butts and I can not lie
    You other brothers can't deny
    That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
    And a round thing in your face
    You get sprung, wanna pull out your tough
    'Cause you notice that butt was stuffed
    Deep in the jeans she's wearing
    I'm hooked and I can't stop staring
    Oh baby, I wanna get with you
    And take your picture
    My homeboys tried to warn me
    But that butt you got makes me so horny
    Ooh, Rump-o'-smooth-skin
    You say you wanna get in my Benz?
    Well, use me, use me
    'Cause you ain't that average groupie
    I've seen them dancin'
    To hell with romancin'
    She's sweat, wet,
    Got it goin' like a turbo 'Vette
    I'm tired of magazines
    Sayin' flat butts are the thing....



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