SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.


» Welcome Guest
[ Log In :: Register ]

Page 1 of 212>>

[ Track This Topic :: Email This Topic :: Print this topic ]

reply to topic new topic new poll
Topic: National Anthems< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
 Post Number: 1
TDale Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 15552
Joined: Jun. 2005
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 03 2013, 8:34 pm  Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

You either sing it with power or you stay home.

The lady tonite.the Oregon game, got it right.  The six dweebs from last nite embarrassed me.

It's a warriors song.  Belt it or stay under the porch.


--------------
"Sure as I know anything, I know this - they will try again...They'll swing back to the belief that they can make people... better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin'. I aim to misbehave."
Online
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 2
Ben2World Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 26411
Joined: Jun. 2005
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 03 2013, 8:46 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Freedom means freedom to sing or hum the thing every which way we like.  So there.  :cool:  :p

--------------
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.  -- St. Augustine
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 3
TravisNWood Search for posts by this member.
W Y O M I N G
Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 16715
Joined: Apr. 2006
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 03 2013, 10:19 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE


(TDale @ Jan. 03 2013, 6:34 pm)
QUOTE
You either sing it with power or you stay home. . . .

Probably the best rendition I've ever heard:
Whitney Houston:



--------------
Location — Wyoming
Webpages — Cloud Peak Wilderness MapsRocky Mountain Wildlife
Photos — Bighorn Mountains — Wyoming Steppes
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info WEB 
 Post Number: 4
TDale Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 15552
Joined: Jun. 2005
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 03 2013, 10:24 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Amen, Travis, amen

--------------
"Sure as I know anything, I know this - they will try again...They'll swing back to the belief that they can make people... better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin'. I aim to misbehave."
Online
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 5
Ben2World Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 26411
Joined: Jun. 2005
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 03 2013, 10:35 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Well, here's another interpretation that most of us are familiar with...



Freedom is good -- although my vote is for the late Ms. Houston as well.


--------------
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.  -- St. Augustine
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 6
BradMT Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 4050
Joined: May 2005
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 03 2013, 10:52 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Personally can't stand The Star Spangled Banner... our National Anthem should be America The Beautiful.



--------------
Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. – Socrates
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 7
hikerjer Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 11023
Joined: Apr. 2002
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 03 2013, 11:59 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE


(BradMT @ Jan. 03 2013, 10:52 pm)
QUOTE
Personally can't stand The Star Spangled Banner.

I agree with you Brad.  Why on earth we have an old British drinking song that hardly anyone can sing correctly with words glorifying a rather insignificant battle is beyond me.  However, I'd prefer "This Land is Your Land" for our national anthem.  "America the Beautiful" would be my second choice.

--------------
"Too often I have met men who boast only of how many miles they've traveled and not of what they've seen."  -  Louis L'Amour
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 8
RebeccaD Search for posts by this member.
Double Arch, Arches N.P.
Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 11742
Joined: Jul. 2004
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 12:43 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

What I want to know is, how is it that a bunch of drunk Brits could sing a song that 99% of Americans, drunk or sober, can't seem to?

--------------
Writerly thoughts, book reviews, and random short fiction found at
The Ninja Librarian Blog
Online
Top of Page Profile Contact Info WEB 
 Post Number: 9
hikerjer Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 11023
Joined: Apr. 2002
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 12:52 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE


(RebeccaD @ Jan. 04 2013, 12:43 am)
QUOTE
What I want to know is, how is it that a bunch of drunk Brits could sing a song that 99% of Americans, drunk or sober, can't seem to?

Doesn't mean they sang it right.  But remember, when you're drunk it probably sounds great regardless of how you sing it.

--------------
"Too often I have met men who boast only of how many miles they've traveled and not of what they've seen."  -  Louis L'Amour
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 10
TravisNWood Search for posts by this member.
W Y O M I N G
Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 16715
Joined: Apr. 2006
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 12:59 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Bald eagle versus wild turkey. Now there's a controversy.

--------------
Location — Wyoming
Webpages — Cloud Peak Wilderness MapsRocky Mountain Wildlife
Photos — Bighorn Mountains — Wyoming Steppes
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info WEB 
 Post Number: 11
RumiDude Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 14410
Joined: Feb. 2002
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 1:40 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE


(hikerjer @ Jan. 03 2013, 8:59 pm)
QUOTE

(BradMT @ Jan. 03 2013, 10:52 pm)
QUOTE
Personally can't stand The Star Spangled Banner.

I agree with you Brad.  Why on earth we have an old British drinking song that hardly anyone can sing correctly with words glorifying a rather insignificant battle is beyond me.

Wrong!  It wasn't an old British drinking song melody.  And it wasn't an insignificant battle in the War of 1812.  It's a grand US National Anthem, IMO.  Blame President Herbert Hoover if you don't like it.

Rumi  <~~~~likes living in the land of the free and the home of the brave


--------------
“This is my Indian summer ... I'm far more dangerous now, because I don't care at all.”
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 12
Cloudwalker Search for posts by this member.
?
Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 7123
Joined: Feb. 2002
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 1:49 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

I'm pretty sure I've posted this video before, but it's worth a second look/listen.



--------------
My website

Find me on facebook and shoot me a friends request
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 13
RumiDude Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 14410
Joined: Feb. 2002
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 1:51 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Best ever ...



--------------
“This is my Indian summer ... I'm far more dangerous now, because I don't care at all.”
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 14
JimInMD Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 3978
Joined: Feb. 2011
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 6:01 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

I generally find excellent renditions are done during NHL playoffs. I agree with Rumi and TDale on this one.  I'm usually appalled by the pop tart of the year that gets to open the Super Bowl.  I LOATHE listening to some talentless hack give us her jazz/ soul/ R&B "interpretation".

Oh, and Golden Eagle for best national bird (although it may not be very tasty with cranberry sauce).


--------------
"Your number one philosophy for personal security should be a life long commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation."

The 3 Stupids Rule:

Don’t go to stupid places, with stupid people, to do stupid things.
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 15
BradMT Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 4050
Joined: May 2005
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 8:59 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE


(hikerjer @ Jan. 03 2013, 9:59 pm)
QUOTE

(BradMT @ Jan. 03 2013, 10:52 pm)
QUOTE
Personally can't stand The Star Spangled Banner.

I agree with you Brad.  Why on earth we have an old British drinking song that hardly anyone can sing correctly with words glorifying a rather insignificant battle is beyond me.  However, I'd prefer "This Land is Your Land" for our national anthem.  "America the Beautiful" would be my second choice.

A lot of people prefer This Land is Your Land, however to me it's just too simple (boring) a song without quite enough grandeur musically speaking.

Also, many consider it too politically "Left" in its origins.

But I do like its sentiment!

Here's a good story on Woodie and the song from last year on NPR...

http://www.npr.org/2000/07/03/1076186/this-land-is-your-land


--------------
Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. – Socrates
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 16
WalksWithBlackflies Search for posts by this member.
Resident Eco-Freak Bootlicker
Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 10264
Joined: Jun. 2004
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 9:19 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE


(hikerjer @ Jan. 03 2013, 11:59 pm)
QUOTE
Why on earth we have an old British drinking song that hardly anyone can sing correctly with words glorifying a rather insignificant battle is beyond me.

That's exactly the reason I like it.

But then again, I like Franklin's idea of the rattlesnake representing our country.

"I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids—She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance.—She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage.—As if anxious to prevent all pretensions of quarreling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenseless animal; and even when those weapons are shewn and extended for her defense, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal:—Conscious of this, she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of stepping on her.—Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?"


--------------
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. - Lao Tzu
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 17
tomas Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 3045
Joined: Oct. 2006
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 9:34 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE


(JimInMD @ Jan. 04 2013, 6:01 am)
QUOTE
I generally find excellent renditions are done during NHL playoffs.

Agreed.

But one thing I don't get is when I'm at a Caps game and some people start sitting down when the Canadian anthem is being sung. Gimme a break, show some bloody respect and stand up.


--------------
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 18
JimInMD Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 3978
Joined: Feb. 2011
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 9:46 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE


(tomas @ Jan. 04 2013, 9:34 am)
QUOTE

(JimInMD @ Jan. 04 2013, 6:01 am)
QUOTE
I generally find excellent renditions are done during NHL playoffs.

Agreed.

But one thing I don't get is when I'm at a Caps game and some people start sitting down when the Canadian anthem is being sung. Gimme a break, show some bloody respect and stand up.

Agreed.  I didn't find the same discourtesy when I'd go see the Bruins.

--------------
"Your number one philosophy for personal security should be a life long commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation."

The 3 Stupids Rule:

Don’t go to stupid places, with stupid people, to do stupid things.
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 19
Drake Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 1097
Joined: Jul. 2007
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 9:49 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Terrible song, really meaningless, never liked it, nobody has the range to sing it.

Outhouse it.

Drake
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 20
hikerjer Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 11023
Joined: Apr. 2002
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 10:28 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE


(BradMT @ Jan. 04 2013, 8:59 am)
QUOTE
Also, many consider it too politically "Left" in its origins.

Perhaps that's why I like it.

--------------
"Too often I have met men who boast only of how many miles they've traveled and not of what they've seen."  -  Louis L'Amour
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 21
hikerjer Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 11023
Joined: Apr. 2002
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 10:35 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE


(RumiDude @ Jan. 04 2013, 1:40 am)
QUOTE

(hikerjer @ Jan. 03 2013, 8:59 pm)
QUOTE

(BradMT @ Jan. 03 2013, 10:52 pm)
QUOTE
Personally can't stand The Star Spangled Banner.

I agree with you Brad.  Why on earth we have an old British drinking song that hardly anyone can sing correctly with words glorifying a rather insignificant battle is beyond me.

Wrong!  It wasn't an old British drinking song melody.  And it wasn't an insignificant battle in the War of 1812.  It's a grand US National Anthem, IMO.  Blame President Herbert Hoover if you don't like it.

Rumi  <~~~~likes living in the land of the free and the home of the brave

Thanks for the link, Rumi.  This merits further research and I'll have to get back to you.

Still, I don't like the song.  However, I will admit is sounds better as just an instrumental than a vocal.  Honestly, I think the rendition I like the best is by our local high school band.  They really do a nice job on it especially the drum section.  I have to  admit that I just don't like the idea of a national anthem based on a wartiem exploit.  Just too militaristic for me.  But maybe considering the number of useless and senseless wars this country's been involved in, it's appropriate.


--------------
"Too often I have met men who boast only of how many miles they've traveled and not of what they've seen."  -  Louis L'Amour
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 22
Kayman Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 383
Joined: Jul. 2003
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 12:10 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE


(BradMT @ Jan. 03 2013, 10:52 pm)
QUOTE
Personally can't stand The Star Spangled Banner... our National Anthem should be America The Beautiful.


Oh Man, I'm with you!!

I've been saying this for YEARS!
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 23
Lamebeaver Search for posts by this member.
trail? I don't need no stinkin trail!
Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 19511
Joined: Aug. 2004
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 1:28 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

How many of you know that there are four verses?

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?

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 in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh 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 washed out their foul footsteps' 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 home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n 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!
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 24
WalksWithBlackflies Search for posts by this member.
Resident Eco-Freak Bootlicker
Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 10264
Joined: Jun. 2004
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 1:41 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE


(hikerjer @ Jan. 04 2013, 10:35 am)
QUOTE
I have to  admit that I just don't like the idea of a national anthem based on a wartiem exploit.  Just too militaristic for me.  But maybe considering the number of useless and senseless wars this country's been involved in, it's appropriate.

In all fairness, the British had to abandon their original invasion plan was because the boat-owning merchants in Baltimore purposely sailed out from the docks and sank their ships, preventing the British from entering the harbor. VERY American in my book.

In Plan B, the British gunboats set up outside the range of Ft William McHenry's cannons, so there wasn't a full-scale battle going on. The Americans just took the British bombardment, which lasted a full day. When the British stopped the onslaught the following morning, they were able to see the American flag still standing, and gave up their pursuit of Baltimore.


--------------
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. - Lao Tzu
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 25
Lamebeaver Search for posts by this member.
trail? I don't need no stinkin trail!
Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 19511
Joined: Aug. 2004
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 3:21 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

The attack on Washington was actually much more interesting.  Key's reason for being on board was also rather interesting.
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 26
hikerjer Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 11023
Joined: Apr. 2002
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 3:53 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE


(RumiDude @ Jan. 04 2013, 1:40 am)
QUOTE

(hikerjer @ Jan. 03 2013, 8:59 pm)
QUOTE

(BradMT @ Jan. 03 2013, 10:52 pm)
QUOTE
Personally can't stand The Star Spangled Banner.

I agree with you Brad.  Why on earth we have an old British drinking song that hardly anyone can sing correctly with words glorifying a rather insignificant battle is beyond me.

Wrong!  It wasn't an old British drinking song melody.  And it wasn't an insignificant battle in the War of 1812.  It's a grand US National

Anthem, IMO.  Blame President Herbert Hoover if you don't like it.

Rumi  <~~~~likes living in the land of the free and the home of the brave

Rumi, perhaps the below will clarify things (from Wikipedia):

These barristers, doctors, and other professional men named their club after the Greek court poet Anacreon (6th century BC), whose poems, "anacreontics", were used to entertain patrons in Teos and Athens. His songs often celebrated women, wine, and entertainment.
The connection with Anacreon, along with the "drinking" nature of the lyrics, have caused many people to label "The Anacreontic Song" a drinking song. Due to the difficulty of singing the song, this claim is highly dubious, although the chorus certainly suggests Bacchanalia with its lyrics "And long may the sons of Anacreon intwine the myrtle of Venus with Bacchus' vine."
The song, through its bawdy lyrics, gained popularity in London and elsewhere beyond the Anacreontic Society.


As for Mr. Hoover, we can blame him for a lot of things, but he's probably judged more harshly than he should be for a lot of things.


--------------
"Too often I have met men who boast only of how many miles they've traveled and not of what they've seen."  -  Louis L'Amour
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 27
WalksWithBlackflies Search for posts by this member.
Resident Eco-Freak Bootlicker
Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 10264
Joined: Jun. 2004
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 4:27 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE


(Lamebeaver @ Jan. 04 2013, 3:21 pm)
QUOTE
The attack on Washington was actually much more interesting.

Was that where the tornado sent the British packing?

--------------
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. - Lao Tzu
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 28
tomas Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 3045
Joined: Oct. 2006
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 4:47 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE


(WalksWithBlackflies @ Jan. 04 2013, 4:27 pm)
QUOTE
Was that where the tornado sent the British packing?

I believe so. But they did manage to set fire to the White House first.

--------------
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
 Post Number: 29
hiking_tiger Search for posts by this member.
sekk, plyndre, og deretter brenne
Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 4858
Joined: Oct. 2003
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 5:04 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE


(Drake @ Jan. 04 2013, 8:49 am)
QUOTE
Terrible song, really meaningless, never liked it, nobody has the range to sing it.

There's only two notes additional range between The Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful.  The former has a 1.5 octave range and the average human voice has a range of *gasp* 1.5 octaves so the "nobody has the range" argument never held water.

I don't care for the "personalizations" of the song, but if they keep it in 3/4 as it's written and the tempo is reasonably quick, I don't get too upset.  Slow and in 4 is just plain laziness.


--------------
“Sometimes you have to be ready to receive the information before it can take hold.” – C. Schwarz

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” – Attributed to the Buddhism tradition…
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info WEB 
 Post Number: 30
burntfoot Search for posts by this member.

Avatar



Group: Members
Posts: 2594
Joined: Mar. 2004
PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 04 2013, 9:56 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic.  Ignore posts   QUOTE


(Lamebeaver @ Jan. 04 2013, 11:28 am)
QUOTE
How many of you know that there are four verses?

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?

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 in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh 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 washed out their foul footsteps' 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 home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n 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!

Of course.  Before I switched to teaching band, I was teaching elementary music.  I made sure that my 5th graders knew all 3 verses that were in their text (your verse 3 was the one not in there).  And, I tested them on it.  After singing that (plus America, America the Beautiful and Fifty Nifty United States) for about 3 or 4 weeks, I gave them a sheet of blank paper and a pencil and told them to write it down.  From time to time, I'd play the song on the piano to help their memory.  

Most did pretty good, although spellings were funny.  I puzzled for 20 minutes over the word "donserly" before figuring out the kid meant "dawn's early"

When I first taught the song, I impressed on them that the important verse is really NOT the familiar first verse, but the second verse.  The first verse is the question, and the second verse is the answer.  I also commented that I also felt the last verse to be more important than the first verse.


--------------
I love the mountains!
Offline
Top of Page Profile Contact Info 
36 replies since Jan. 03 2013, 8:34 pm < Next Oldest | Next Newest >

[ Track This Topic :: Email This Topic :: Print this topic ]


Page 1 of 212>>
reply to topic new topic new poll

» Quick Reply National Anthems
iB Code Buttons
You are posting as:

Do you wish to enable your signature for this post?
Do you wish to enable emoticons for this post?
Track this topic
View All Emoticons
View iB Code



Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions