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You learn something new everyday. While watching the Olympic's yesterday, I heard the National Anthem of Great Britain, I had no idea that the song "America" / "My Country, Tis of Thee" (the melody, although the lyric's were changed), was taken from the G.B. Anthem "God Save the Queen" and used (infacto) as our National Anthem until 1931 when the "Star Spangled Banner" became the N.A. of the United States.
At 69 years old and I thought I knew everything there was to know.. hmmmm..
I am also in favor of keeping it as our N.A., but there are many people who just plain can't sing the song, infact most everyone I hear at sports event's absolutely butcher the song. It need's / should be sang the way it was originally written. With feeling and patriotism.
People for the last half century have sang many different rendition's of the song. In 1968 Ernie Harwell ( the radio voice of the Detroit Tiger's baseball team) invited Jose Feliciano to sing it at game five of the "68" world series. He sang the song the way of his feeling's and he was chastized to a point where radio station's stopped playing his songs. Feliciano was a singer/guitar player who was/is also blind.
God Bless America.... God Save the Queen.
This post got me to pull the sheet and learn it. It is a lot easier to play than sing. As a coach, I get to hear many different versions of this and I have to say that the one I've like the best has been a very simple version with no special runs or fancy changes.
I learned the Hendrix version on guitar and loved it, but that was more just showing off. Playing it simple and with feeling just seems more patriotic. Maybe I'm just getting old.
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