View Poll Results: Should we keep "The Star Spangled Banner" as national anthem

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  • It's awful. Replace it with something better.

    14 38.89%
  • Sure it's awful but all national anthems are awful.

    4 11.11%
  • I love it. Keep it FOREVER!!!

    15 41.67%
  • Meh...I never really pay attention to it.

    3 8.33%
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    We don't even know or sing the whole anthem. No way anyone would stand for the 4 stanzas.



    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, through the perilous fight,
    O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
    O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
    Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
    What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
    As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
    Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
    In full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
    'Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
    That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
    A home and a country should leave us no more?
    Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep's pollution.
    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
    Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
    Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
    Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
    As an amateur songwriter, I'd say that's not especially catchy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    or maybe "Another Brick in the Wall."
    Or Louie Louie.
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    One of the benefits of being elected president should be that you get to add a verse to the national anthem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boontito View Post
    One of the benefits of being elected president should be that you get to add a verse to the national anthem.
    It just gets bigger and bigger?

    Yeah, kinda like the Stanley Cup!
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    To my folksy ways, don'tcha know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davocrat View Post
    Personally, I hate it. The lyrics are terrible. It's all about on man's experience in an unnecessary war. The meter is clunky. And it's way out of the range of most people, so you always sound terrible when you try to sing along.

    What do you think?


    . The melody Francis Scott Key used for his song was the popular English tune known as “To Anacreon in Heaven” (MP3). Anacreon was an ancient Greek poet noted for his praise of love and wine. Written about 1775 by John Stafford Smith, the tune was originally the “constitutional song” of the Anacreontic Society, a gentlemen's music club in London
    And very British. I'm surprised they aren't trying to collect royalties.

    . The Anacreontic Song
    To Anacreon in Heaven, where he sat in full glee,
    A few sons of harmony sent a petition,
    That he their inspirer and patron would be;
    When this answer arrived from the jolly old Grecian:
    Voice, fiddle, and flute, no longer be mute,
    I'll lend you my name and inspire you to boot
    And besides I'll instruct you like me to intwine
    The myrtle of Venus with Bacchus's vine.

    –Words by Ralph Tomlinson, music by John Stafford Smith, about 1775.

    NMAH | The Melody
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    it would sound better as a rap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Agreed. And I say this as someone who's had to play the trombone part countless times over several years.

    Too bad we can't replace it with Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever, though. That's a great march.
    How about "G#d Save the Queen". Oh wait...

    . My Country, 'Tis of Thee", also known as "America", is an American patriotic song, whose lyrics were written by Samuel Francis Smith.[2] The melody used is the same as that of the national anthem of the United Kingdom, "God Save the Queen", arranged by Thomas Arne. The song served as one of the de facto national anthems of the United States (along with songs like "Hail, Columbia") before the adoption of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the official anthem in 1931.[3]

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    Well, in all fairness it should be this in honor of the democraphic thats most responsible for putting hillary into office in this coming november........




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