Sunday, February 3, 2013

A New National Anthem? The Stars and Stripes Forever?

The Star Spangled Banner is a shitty song and when it's sung at public events too often the singer hotdogs, grandstands and showboats. When Whitney Houston used to sing it I wanted to yell STFU show off. The song is a war song that was originally an English drinking song. Too often the US has been a war mongering country with it's leaders drunk on power.

We need a national anthem that reflects the views of the founding fathers and not that of drunks and warmongers. We need to keep God out of it because we all know what a war mongering scum God is. The best one I have found so far and the little known lyric of  John Philip Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever.

The Stars and Stripes Forever Lyrics
by John Philip Sousa - 1897

Let martial note in triumph float
And liberty extend its mighty hand
A flag appears 'mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
Its folds protect no tyrant crew;
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom's shield and hope.
Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom's nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free!
May it wave as our standard forever,
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

Let eagle shriek from lofty peak
The never-ending watchword of our land;
Let summer breeze waft through the trees
The echo of the chorus grand.
Sing out for liberty and light,
Sing out for freedom and the right.
Sing out for Union and its might,
O patriotic sons

Above is the Stars and Stripes Forever with the lyrics.

Here are the same guys from Acoustix singing it on the Mitch Miller Show Sing Along With Mitch. 

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