Wimpy National Anthem

Where did they get that version of the US national anthem they are using at the Olympics? I have actually been moved to tears at times upon hearing astirring treatment of “The Star Spangled Banner”, but the rendition being played for US gold medalists damn near puts me to sleep. I never thought that could happen. It is completely devoid of emotion.

Anybody else agree?

To whom do I write to get this changed before the games are over?

Ehh, the Anthem always sings my ass into a coma no matter what the circumstances are. So my reaction to the one used at the games is no different.


My supposition was that at a time when many international opinions are anti U.S. that we’d substituted a kindler, gentler version rather than a stirring, chest beating rendition. Just a WAG.

Dude, even a tintinnabular version of our national anthem could move me to tears. Just sing the lyrics, my friend, and the pride will swell.

<sniff>That part gets me every time.

Better than Roseann Barr’s or Macy Gray’s versions… :o

Send Whitney Houston over there for some real emotion…(or at least the tape of her Superbowl rendition)

It’s like the Muzak version of the anthem. I like it though. I think it’s pretty. :o

I hate to be the gratuitous “disagree with the OP” guy, but I kinda like that version. It’s different. It has some harmonies I haven’t heard done before, and I like how the first phrase is played by the strings the second time instead of just repeating the exact same music, as is usually done.

Isn’t she the one who did it in 4/4 time? :eek:

Hell if I know…I just know I felt proud to be American when I heard her belt it out… :cool:

“O thus be it ever, when free men 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 have 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!”
-F.S. Key

This is one where I am in total agreement with the OP. The first time I heard it at these games I thought WTF? So wussy. Give me the “chest beating” rendition every time.

Face it, we’ve got a turkey of an anthem. Consider these lyrics:

“foul footsteps’s pollution”? That one always cracked me up.

Another heartfelt agreement with the OP. That wussy rendition of the anthem pisses me off every time I hear it. I want the chest-beating, singable anthem, not some homework assignment for a first year composition student. The kind of “harmonies” blowero mentioned would make “satisfaction” sound like “Tiptoe Through The Tulips.” Come on already!

Well, no - that doesn’t really have anything to do with the harmonies. That would have to do with the orchestration, dynamics, tempo, and/or timbre.

I thought the one in Korea was even worse, albeit at the other extreme. It was played as though they were in a hurry to finish it. Not even a slight hold on the birdseye note for “freeeeeee”.

Just to nitpick, it’s the arrangement/recording that’s wimpy, not the anthem itself. You gotta love the idea of a country that’ll come up with a national anthem by taking a popular drinking song and filking it to tell a story about a battle we lost.

Damn! Edged again at the last post. Anyone got a link to the drinkin’ lyrics?

It’s high time we got a new one. Since we’re the outcast sons of the British Empire, I vote for something by the Sex Pistols. Sure would make it a lot more fun when some stodgy old rich white president is being greeted at an official ceremony.

Ask Uncle Cecil.

I for one am a fan of the kinder, gentler version of the anthem (which I love in all its versions and verses). My thought on hearing it was that it was sweet, rather than martial, which is appropriate to the occasion.

I’m not a lib dem, but I definitely agree with Bob - I don’t like either the lyrics or the music of our national anthem. For some reason, I’ve always wanted “America the Beautiful” to be our national anthem; that song moves me to tears.