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jofield American National Anthem (160* d) RE: American National Anthem 03 Mar 01

OK, back to the subject at hand: "America the Beautiful" would certainly be a much better choice for a national anthem, but the right-wingers, without whose approval nothing will be changed, are probably suspicious of that word "brotherhood" -- smacks of what I would call civil rights and they would call Federal intervention in their right to discriminate as they please. (After all, if we have "brotherhood" in the national song, what's next? Voting in one's own economic self-interest? Eeew...bad for Republicans. It's so much easier to corral white southern votes when you have that good ol' subtext of race.) So "America the Beautiful" will have to wait a long time. Meanwhile we have "The SSB", which ain't a half-bad tune, when it's performed right, which it seldom is. The tune was originally a drinking song, and should be sung at the flowing rhythm of swinging grog mugs, but it never is. At all American mega-events, it is used as a "never-mind- this-dumb-song, look-at-ME-ME-ME!" vehicle (i.e., the Mariah Carey school of voice).
Matt Groenig and the Simpsons gang had the final word when they showed some brainless singer starting the Anthem at a big sporting event; cut to a clock, dissolve to the end of the song, 7 minutes have passed, and the singer is still vamping on the last three words. How true. How awful.

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