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#273542 01/16/08 10:54 PM
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Since the thread on nat'l anthems brought about so much discussion, I'd like to take an informal poll:

What do you think should be the National Anthem of these United States?

A. The Star-Spangled Banner

In English:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.natlib.ihas.200000017/default.html

In Spanish:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.natlib.ihas.100000007/pageturner.html?page=1

In German:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/l...?page=1&size=640&from=pageturner

In Yiddish:
http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/fishstein/images/12_07%20Star%20Spangled%20Banner.jpg

B. Hail, Columbia!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hail,_Columbia

C. America (My country 'tis of thee...)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Country,_'Tis_of_Thee

D. America the Beautiful
http://www.scoutsongs.com/lyrics/americathebeautiful.html

E. Columbia, Gem of the Ocean
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia%2C_Gem_of_the_Ocean

F. God Bless America!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_Bless_America

G. This Land is My Land
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Land_Is_Your_Land

I have not included the Battle Hymn of the Republic since it's very title implies it was not meant to be a nat'l anthem.

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America is a beter song, but is the same as "God Save The Queen" in tune. ( I like God Save The Queen but...)

I'd also reject, as a Tennessean by upbringing, any attempt to amke the Battle Hymn sung in public.

So we'll stick to the Star Spangled Banner on my end.

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I've heard the Star-Spangled Banner sung in Ukrainian!

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Originally Posted by Serge Keleher
I've heard the Star-Spangled Banner sung in Ukrainian!

Fr. Serge


I've heard the Ukrainian National Anthem sung to the tune of I Think I Love You by the Partridge Family at karaoke once...

Only in Pittsburgh.

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I vote for C...America (My country tis of thee).

Jason

PS: Though I admit, I always shed a tear when I hear Elvis' rendition of Dixie. wink

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I have a preference for Yiddish.

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I always opt for The Star Spangled Banner.

As for Dixie, I like it, but I much prefer The Bonnie Blue Flag.

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A- way down south int he land of Cotton, old times there are not forgotten look a-way! look a-way! look A-Way, Dixie land!

Oh in Dixie land, I'll make my stand, a way down south in Dixie; Away, Away, A-way down South in Dixie!

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It was actually a Yankee who wrote it.

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GOD BLESS AMERICA sung by Kate Smith.

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Dixie!

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The Star Spangled Banner

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I also enjoy Yiddish - but is there a Yiddish translation of the Star-Spangled Banner written to fit the music? [The music, incidentally, is that of an English drinking-song called "To Anacreon in Heaven".]

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God Bless America!

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Well, I'd stick with the Star Spangled Banner just for traditions sake, but if I went back in time I'd vote for God Bless America.

On a related note, I'm afriad to say that the USSR/Russia had the best national anthem I've heard MUSICALLY, not lyricly.


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