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

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

    Well first, I'll tell you right off you're going to get someone, most likely someone who leans left, whose going to come in and say "What about 'This Land is Our Land!'" because that's what happens pretty much in every one of these. Similarly, you'll probalby have someone...likely that leans right...putting forward "God Bless America" as an option as well. Typically it's always down to those four when these discussions come up.

    Personally, I prefer to keep the Star Spangled Banner and see no good reason to change what's been our anthem for nearly a century. The country was born through a "milatistic" situation...we fought for our Freedom. I have no issue with a song having an uplifting patriotic military bent to it. The one argument I keep hearing people say is it's hard to sing....meh, that's not a reason to change for me.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    So which do you Prefer to be the Country's National Anthem.....The Star Spangled Banner or America the Beautiful?
    Personally the Star Spangled Banner (when not mangled by some singer) always brings a tear to my eyes when I hear it.

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

    Personally I see no logical reason to change it its history is solid and just. SO i wouldnt push to have it changed im content.

    Now with that being said, if they put it to a national vote I "might" vote for America the beautiful, i just think its a better flowing song but admittedly thats a poor reason to make it a national anthem.

    As far as this land is our land and god bless america, for me those arent on the same level as the two in the OP.
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    Re: National Anthem: Star Spangled Banner vs America the Beautiful......

    I'm tossed - the Star Spangled Banner does indeed have a rich history, but then America the Beautiful does as well.

    Star Spangled Banner
    Pros: Current National Anthem, History, well-known, rousing lyrics
    Cons: Very difficult to sing, lyrics cover but a single historical event

    Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
    What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
    O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
    O 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 thro' 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 on the stream:
    'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, 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 wash'd 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.


    America the Beautiful
    Pros: Beautiful song, well known, lyrics span the nation, lauding our land and its people, emotive lyrics
    Cons: Can't think of any other than it's not our current anthem

    O beautiful for spacious skies,
    For amber waves of grain,
    For purple mountain majesties
    Above the fruited plain!
    America! America!
    God shed his grace on thee
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    From sea to shining sea!

    O beautiful for pilgrim feet
    Whose stern impassioned stress
    A thoroughfare of freedom beat
    Across the wilderness!
    America! America!
    God mend thine every flaw,
    Confirm thy soul in self-control,
    Thy liberty in law!

    O beautiful for heroes proved
    In liberating strife.
    Who more than self their country loved
    And mercy more than life!
    America! America!
    May God thy gold refine
    Till all success be nobleness
    And every gain divine!

    O beautiful for patriot dream
    That sees beyond the years
    Thine alabaster cities gleam
    Undimmed by human tears!
    America! America!
    God shed his grace on thee
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    From sea to shining sea!

    I have to cast my vote for America the Beautiful

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

    Quote Originally Posted by AGENT J View Post
    Personally I see no logical reason to change it its history is solid and just. SO i wouldnt push to have it changed im content.

    Now with that being said, if they put it to a national vote I "might" vote for America the beautiful, i just think its a better flowing song but admittedly thats a poor reason to make it a national anthem.

    As far as this land is our land and god bless america, for me those arent on the same level as the two in the OP.


    Mornin AJ. Yeah a lot of singers say the SSB is harder to sing. Although, I don't care for any adding to it either.

    Yeah the other two really don't beat out American The Beautiful.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Well first, I'll tell you right off you're going to get someone, most likely someone who leans left, whose going to come in and say "What about 'This Land is Our Land!'" because that's what happens pretty much in every one of these. Similarly, you'll probalby have someone...likely that leans right...putting forward "God Bless America" as an option as well. Typically it's always down to those four when these discussions come up.

    Personally, I prefer to keep the Star Spangled Banner and see no good reason to change what's been our anthem for nearly a century. The country was born through a "milatistic" situation...we fought for our Freedom. I have no issue with a song having an uplifting patriotic military bent to it. The one argument I keep hearing people say is it's hard to sing....meh, that's not a reason to change for me.
    I tend to agree with the whole "if there is no reason to change it, don't" line of thinking in most cases. I think in this case if it came down to it and I had a vote, I would probably go with America the Beautiful however, just because musically it is both better sounding, and not a British drinking song. Not something I would campaign for or put any real effort into though. Both songs are plenty worthy of being a national anthem.
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    Re: National Anthem: Star Spangled Banner vs America the Beautiful......

    I could not care much less.


    Btw, I think both are rather dull.

    The Russian national anthem...now there is a nationalistic song with some oomph behind it.

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

    I'm voting for The Replacements "Beer for Breakfast"

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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~

    The Star Spangled Banner vs. America The Beautiful | Cutting Edge Entertainment

    So which do you Prefer to be the Country's National Anthem.....The Star Spangled Banner or America the Beautiful?
    Frankly, I'd prefer the Battle Hymn of The Republic.


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