We hold these truths to be self-evident. …

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  1. Arnold Stonehouse Says:

    I guess its too late to make a a minor “course correction” in the National Anthem of the united States of America? Darned shame don’t ya think?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      More’s the pity, Arnold. Ray Charles, of course, has the definitive version:

      • Arnold Stonehouse Says:

        Yep I have to concur with your astute analyses in this case. Hard to believe this tune came up #2 in the anthem race!!

      • High Plains Drifters Says:

        That’s the thing about tradition. Right or wrong, once it gains a foothold , it’s darn near impossible to get rid of.

        Like playing the national anthem before sports events. Makes no sense. Why not before a movie, then? One could even argue that it diminishes the anthem by using it so casually. But suggest that we stop singing it, and you’re a commie.

        I’d vote ATB #1, This Land Is Our Land #2, and FSK’s poem (sung to the tune of a drinking song) #3 or lower.

      • Libby Says:

        Arnold, in the past, the national anthem was played before movies. Not sure how long this practice continued. I believe it was in the 1930’s, 40’s and ended in the fifties.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Gotta add this one.

  2. bromasi Says:

    No body does it better then Ray.

  3. Dennis Says:

    To my mind, the most beautiful song about America was written by Phil Ochs. Singing it here in 1974, two years before his death:

    And the lyrics:

    The Power and the Glory

    Come and take a walk with me thru this green and growing land
    Walk thru the meadows and the mountains and the sand
    Walk thru the valleys and the rivers and the plains
    Walk thru the sun and walk thru the rain

    Here is a land full of power and glory
    Beauty that words cannot recall
    Oh her power shall rest on the strength of her freedom
    Her glory shall rest on us all

    From Colorado, Kansas, and the Carolinas too
    Virginia and Alaska, from the old to the new
    Texas and Ohio and the California shore
    Tell me, who could ask for more?

    CHORUS

    Yet she’s only as rich as the poorest of her poor
    Only as free as a padlocked prison door
    Only as strong as our love for this land
    Only as tall as we stand

    CHORUS

  4. khal spencer Says:

    If you are going to play the Star-Spangled Banner…..

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