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Performers seem to feel they must interpret our national anthem when invited to sing before a game.  They slow it down, add oohs-and-ahs, and other extraneous riffs, and get the feeling all wrong. At least of the Fourth of July, let’s save personal renditions for other songs.  Sing or play our national anthem with dignity, as written, in the traditional tempo.

(To the tune of “The Star Spangled Banner

Oh say do you hear?
At the start of the game,
So strange to my ears
Is the anthem she’s singing

To those stripes and bright stars
Now she adds extra bars
And the tempo, so slow,
should be lively and ringing

And those rocket’s red glare
don’t need personal flair.
Sir Francis Scott Key
From the grave feels despair.

Say don’t make a
Star Mangled Banner. We love
how an orchestra plays
that old-style version of.

Lyric 2014 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved

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