José, can you see?

Indiana Senator Pushes Bill to Fine Singers Who Alter ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ … The bill is in Indiana’s state senate and would impose a $25 fine on anyone who knowingly sings a different melody or lyrics to the national anthem. It would not apply to people who just mess up.

Is this a problem, really? I mean, aren’t there more important problems, even in Indiana, than this? How often does this happen, anyway?

Oh, wait… I just slammed Indiana for considering this; MICHIGAN already “prohibits anyone from performing the song in a public space except in its entirety and ‘without embellishment.’ ” GODDAMMIT.

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11 Responses to José, can you see?

  1. maxauburn says:

    Anything stupid to distract from the real issues that the Gov’t ought to be concerned with.

    Our government is one big ginormous dysfunctional family.

  2. robearal says:

    In it’s ENTIRETY? All umpteen verses that no one knows? Wow. 😉

    • songdogmi says:

      Oh, that’s rich… I hadn’t thought of that. *giggle*

    • Start memorizin’!!!


      Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
      What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
      Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
      O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
      And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
      Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
      Oh, 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 through 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 in the stream:
      ‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh 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 washed 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!

      Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
      Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
      Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
      Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
      Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
      And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
      And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
      O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

      • songdogmi says:

        That just went right out the other side of my attention span… and I’m someone who can sing all the words to “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” But that’s probably why I’d have problems with TS-SB: brain’s already full of other lyrics.

      • I’m very impressed by anyone who has memorized all the lyrics to the Wreck of the Edmund Fitz. That is a long ass song.

  3. stitchjock says:


  4. kenny2fl says:

    Sounds like one sings the anthem in Michigan at considerable personal peril. Wonder how “embellishment” is defined?

    • songdogmi says:

      That’s a very good question. I don’t know if there’s an exception for flubbing the words (as opposed to intentionally changing them). It’s a hard song to sing, after all.

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