The song, first was written in 1814. That's 199 years ago. Nearly 200 years ago, this country's National Anthem was established. Not everyone will agree with my reasoning but here goes. First of all, I believe the so is extremely outdated, as so plainly demonstrated by my earlier statement. Because of the gap between now and then, the song is hard to connect with. I believe that if our country is to proudly sing an Anthem that represents us, it should at the least be a song we as the people can relate to. The archaic styling of Francis Scott Key, may have been accepted in the 1800s but i don't believe it necessary that we must continue with a 2 century old song.
Considering that our current national anthem is based on a bear song melody, i think maybe we should. Even though it is a very historical anthem we need something that other people won't hear and think...Wow. America. Already we are seen as lousy alchohol drinking, drug taking reckless people. Why make it worse.
We need a real National Anthem that emphasize the beauty, power and diversity of our great country. The present National Anthem was a war song against the British that we adopted. Ironically, we set this war poem to the tune of an old British drinking song. Were we not nature as a Nation to create our own music?
I feel like this national anthem is one that people in today's society don't really understand or even memorize! Like, most celebrities flubbed the lyrics and showed no understanding of what the song meant. It's really hard to sing too! It doesn't mention the counties name or anything! The lyrics don't represent America in any way and no one really knows about this war. It's a lousy and boring song that doesn't really have a tune. Especially in "land of the free" the note is really high and hard to raise. Time to adopt a new national anthem! One that represents this country! And one that everybody can understand and memorize!
I think the new national anthem should be "Suite Madame Blue" by Styx. The reason for this is because it's 100% patriotic/"Go America!". The vocals are catchy and the instruments are epic. Very well done, beautifully composed. The lyrics are more poetic and entertaining, it has a better chance at getting stuck in our heads. The fact that this song is about the statue of liberty should be up for consideration without question.
While the Star Spangled Banner has had a history of patriotism, it's melody is somewhat boring, and there are plenty of more beautiful american songs, like Battle Hymn of the Republic for instance. Also, the fact that the melody of SSB comes from a british drinking song is a little of setting.
The Star Spangled Banner is from the war of 1812 and conveys the sentiment of that time. We are now in the 21 century and the nation is more multi-cultural than it was them. The sentiments are the same, but what we want to project as a nation may have changed. We have a great cultural heritage with many noted composers. Let us select a new national anthem in tune with our times. A country may have more than one national anthem ... Let use select another to complement what we already have.
Most People have difficulty memorizing a song whose tune is to a beer-drinking tune, on top of that, An English beer-drinking tune. The lyrics are different, but they speak of a war that most have forgotten ever happened. I don't think that "Bombs bursting in air" and "The Rocket's red glare" should represent America.
All the song does is rub it in other countries faces that we are the best. It does not stand for America or the people apart of this amazing country. The National anthem should be America the beutiful or God bless America as it has more meaning to what America actually is
The Star-Spangled Banner expresses racism towards colored people. It has had a history background towards slaves which isn't right. In my opinion, if people want us to respect and stand up for the national anthem ,then they should try to change the lyrics. For now, why would I stand up during the national anthem if it ain't including myself. To me it doesn't make since. I thought the U.S showed freedom for every single one of us. Unfortunately, some polices have tend to kill black people if they didn't do anything severe. I just want a new national anthem that shows our citizens are equal.
People have been trying to state that the US should adopt a new anthem, and that "The Star Spangled Banner" is outdated, and not as good as it should be as an anthem. But this is untrue. People have been using this song for centuries. Why take time to learn and memorize a new one? This is a simply ridiculous proposal. Plus, this is a tradition. Why abandon our tradition? Traditions are traditions, and we should not abandon traditions. We all need to stand strong against the proposal of a new anthem!
"We" as Americans have been singing the National Anthem for two hundred years. It's "OUR" history! Why change it? It's meant something to "US" for all this time and still means so much to "US". "WE" are THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! Land of the Free! Home of the Brave! History has always been so important (every part) so, why are people so quick to jump on changing it? IT'S NOT RIGHT! SO NO! DON'T CHANGE OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM!!! That's my input
The National Anthem should highlight what makes this country great. The one we have does that. It tells a story of bravery and pride for "the land of the free and the home of the brave". Over the 200 plus years this has been our national anthem, Americans have won wars with tyrants, sacrificed everything for this land, and been to the surface of the moon. Everything we have done fits this theme. We should celebrate that and recognize that with the anthem we have which suits our nation. Not only that but it is adaptable to multiple vocal and choral styles. What could be more appropriate to a country created through diversity?
The future is ours. Do not live in the past. Go volunteer. Do something important with your time. Why can't people help others in a way that actually helps them. Visitation, volunteering, monetary gifts to shelters, etc... All you are doing is causing bad feelings. Want to be on the front page. Stage a benefit. All you big time sports figures. Get together put some of that money into charity work. Work for an actual Cause! You are taking the FUN out of football. Did not even watch last week.
Every time I hear The National Anthem tears come to my eyes because I have so much pride and respect for our country. I understand what it stands for and what we went through to get where we are today. It hurts my heart to think that anyone would want to change it.
The National Anthem, is a very unique anthem, and by far one of the most beautifully composed throughout history. America is founded on Immigration, we are a blend of different races and different genders. We inspire one another, and we aide each other when called upon. People still believe in some form of the American Dream, and being here in America, gives them oppourtunities to do something great. The National Anthem is a song that unites us, makes us put aside our pety differences and stand together. So no, don't change what makes us United. As we are the United States of America.
I think the best fix is to address the 3rd stanza. Perhaps changing it to reflect some of what has happened between now and the founding of the country. Slavery gone, women's suffrage, civil rights, etc.....
I myself want some tradition in my patriotism. I love this country and have no problems with fixing things when they are not working for everyone.
I do believe when Francis wrote the song times were different and I understand the offense of the lyrics about slaves in the present times. If I were a slave I would of crossed over for my freedom as well but people should keep in mind that the British had no good intentions and treated black and white slaves terrible. They were considered inferior to the Brits and therefore paid poorly. With this in mind, my opinion would be to drop the line about hirelings and slaves and keep the National Anthem. Canada did the same in their Anthem which included the words ALL LIVES!
I've read often people believe the song doesn't represent this nation. So, I have to ask, what rock are you living under? Our anthem represents our triumph in battle. Battle is a metaphor and doesn't strictly relate to war. The song suggests whatever mountains are in our way we will climb them, weather the storm and at the end of the day we will still be here, standing strong. I cherish America the Beautiful as much as anyone, but for anyone to believe The Star Spangled Banner doesn't represent our country clearly does not know our history; a history which is repeating itself though this time England has been replaced by a much darker oppressor in extremist Islam. Our anthem is just as relevant today as it was 200 years ago.
The National Anthem is a symbol of America. Since the beginning of our country we have sang this song to honor our country men and women. It is a symbol of what America stands for and there is no better way to put it, 'the land of the free, and the home of the brave.' If you truly love your country and its service men and women you will make the right choice and leave it alone.