Friday, August 01, 2014

Key Question

It's the birthday of Francis Scott Key.  He's known for only one thing. (If you can name two things about him, let me know.)

There's always something that bothered me about "The Star-Spangled Banner." Actually there are a lot of things that bother me, but this one is at the top.  We sing this song quite a bit, but only the first verse.  I'd guess less than 1% of the population has any idea what follows. (Unless you mean "play ball!")

So here's how our national anthem, in effect, ends:

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave/
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

In other words, it ends with a question.  We don't know if the flag is still waving.  Only in the second, third and fourth verses is this question answered in the affirmative.  This is no way to end your country's theme song.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The answer is assumed by the throwing of the first pitch. Although I do regret we don't get to sing more about the Brits' foul footsteps' pollution more (those hirelings and slaves)

In a middle school musical, I recall, our teacher/director receiving multiple complaints from the chorus performing two verses of the anthem. I think it was all the parents sitting down and then having to scramble back up when the music didn't stop.

12:16 AM, August 01, 2014  

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