View Poll Results: Which Song do you Think Should be the US National Anthem?

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    30 53.57%
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Thread: National Anthem: Star Spangled Banner vs America the Beautiful......

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    Re: National Anthem: Star Spangled Banner vs America the Beautiful......

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    Re: National Anthem: Star Spangled Banner vs America the Beautiful......

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    The Star Spangled Banner vs. America The Beautiful.....



    In The United States of America, our National Anthem is The Star Spangled Banner. It has been so since it was made official by congressional resolution on May 3, 1931. The lyrics are taken from a poem titled “The Defense of Fort McHenry”, written by amateur poet Francis Scott Key in 1814 after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by The British Navy in The War of 1812. There are actually four stanzas to the song, but only the first is commonly sung or played today.

    The song has a rich history, being inspired by the perseverance of the American spirit in battle, and the American flag itself. What it isn’t is easy to sing, with an octave range that is challenging to even the best of singers. Many Americans consider it to be militaristic, and for many years, people have lobbied for it to be replaced by what they believe to be a better representation of our nation, America The Beautiful.

    This is no new movement. America The Beautiful was written in 1893 by Katharine Lee Bates – a thirty-three year old English professor from Wellesley College – as she traveled by train across our great nation. Her inspiration was her awe for what she witnessed, very much like Francis Scott Key almost a century before.

    Perhaps the preference comes down to whether you’re a “spacious skies” or a “bombs bursting in air” kind of person.....snip~

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    So which do you Prefer to be the Country's National Anthem.....The Star Spangled Banner or America the Beautiful?
    I have to say, I think you lot should stick with the Star Spangled Banner. It's a great, interesting, rousing song with lots of history behind it, and it comes from an era steeped in your country's national mythos.

    Militaristic? Maybe. Difficult to sing? Certainly. Even so.

    The Marseillaise remains the national anthem of France, because of the historical and cultural importance it evokes. The Marseillaise has to be the bloodiest anthem in the world (some lines, if you don't know, sing of slicing peoples' throats and using their blood to water French fields -- really nice guys), but it comes from the time of the Revolution, and is thus hugely important in the French national psyche (as well as a pretty catchy tune to boot!).

    Hell, 'God Save the Queen' is boring, arcane, and not nearly as cool or 'bad-ass' as the Marseillaise (or the Star-Spangled Banner for that matter), but we pretty much have to keep it, for the cultural continuity, despite having way better and more 'bad-ass' pro-Britain songs (check out Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory or Rule Britannia if you want a taste).

    I think you should keep it.

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    Re: National Anthem: Star Spangled Banner vs America the Beautiful......

    Quote Originally Posted by Ad_Captandum View Post
    I have to say, I think you lot should stick with the Star Spangled Banner. It's a great, interesting, rousing song with lots of history behind it, and it comes from an era steeped in your country's national mythos.

    Militaristic? Maybe. Difficult to sing? Certainly. Even so.

    The Marseillaise remains the national anthem of France, because of the historical and cultural importance it evokes. The Marseillaise has to be the bloodiest anthem in the world (some lines, if you don't know, sing of slicing peoples' throats and using their blood to water French fields -- really nice guys), but it comes from the time of the Revolution, and is thus hugely important in the French national psyche (as well as a pretty catchy tune to boot!).

    Hell, 'God Save the Queen' is boring, arcane, and not nearly as cool or 'bad-ass' as the Marseillaise (or the Star-Spangled Banner for that matter), but we pretty much have to keep it, for the cultural continuity, despite having way better and more 'bad-ass' pro-Britain songs (check out Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory or Rule Britannia if you want a taste).

    I think you should keep it.

    I think most would Prefer the Star Spangled banner over America the Beautiful. Even though they don't sing all the stanzas to the Star Spangled banner. Although here we only have 12 that have responded so far.

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    Re: National Anthem: Star Spangled Banner vs America the Beautiful......

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    I think most would Prefer the Star Spangled banner over America the Beautiful. Even though they don't sing all the stanzas to the Star Spangled banner. Although here we only have 12 that have responded so far.
    I chose Star Spangled banner. Both are great songs, but America the Beautiful is more solemn, and I like a more fast moving upbeat song. I guess. And that's our flag!

    Greetings, MMC.

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    Re: National Anthem: Star Spangled Banner vs America the Beautiful......

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    I chose Star Spangled banner. Both are great songs, but America the Beautiful is more solemn, and I like a more fast moving upbeat song. I guess. And that's our flag!

    Greetings, MMC.
    Yeah Lady P.....I agree with you. I like a fast upbeat tempo too. Here is the Chicago Blackhawks National Anthem Singer when he did the Da Bears Game on 9/11.



    Chicagoans luv this guy!

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    Re: National Anthem: Star Spangled Banner vs America the Beautiful......

    My vote is for America the Beautiful but I do like how the Star's Spangled Banner ends the first verse with a question.

    We should never take the words from either of these two songs for granted.
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    Re: National Anthem: Star Spangled Banner vs America the Beautiful......

    Quote Originally Posted by Heebie Jeebie View Post
    My vote is for America the Beautiful but I do like how the Star's Spangled Banner ends the first verse with a question.

    We should never take the words from either of these two songs for granted.


    Heya HJ. Truly both are Awesome!

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    Re: National Anthem: Star Spangled Banner vs America the Beautiful......

    As much as I love and appreciate America The Beautiful, nothing gives me chills and occasional moist eyes like The Star Spangled Banner presented by excellent singers who respect the original version and don't try to turn it into a Country twang, Hip-Hop or Rock-N-Roll ditty.

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