• The Current National Anthem is completely outdated.

    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 First of all, I believe the so is extremely outdated, as so plainly demonstrated by my earlier statement.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.

  • It's based on a beer 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.

  • USA never had a real National Anthem - We adopted a War Poem.

    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?

  • It's a hard one to memorize

    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!

  • Here's my idea

    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.

  • A disappointing melody

    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.

  • Times are changing

    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.

  • The Anthem Needs to be Changed

    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.

  • Our nation is constantly evolving and the current anthem does not reflect positive change nor unity.

    The current anthem, IMHO, is faulty on these grounds: 1. A poem with multiple stanzas, some of which are not so nice; 2. The tune is based on a British drinking song that can be difficult to sing; 3. Comes out of a war that neither the Americans nor the British "won". BTW, I'm a 77-year old veteran, so don't question my "patriotism". I don't need a lapel pin.

  • Why We Should Change Our National Anthem

    The most obvious reason to change the national anthem is the fact that pretty much no one can actually sing it! Why would a song that almost no one can sing be our anthem? Second, the music stems from a British drinking song, which dosent make a whole lot of sense since we fought 2 wars to break away from England. Third, the song should be secular and not about God because America is supposed to hold the separation of church and state as untouchable. Fourth, why should our anthem include verses on slavery and war?
    I would offer Woody Guthrie's 'This Land is Your Land' as a good alternative. Guthrie is an American legend who is still very popular to this day even though he has been dead since the 1960's.

  • The US already has a national anthem, so why adopt a new one?

    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!

  • Keeping the Anthem

    We should keep the anthem because it tells about how our men fought bravely to keep us free from the British. It also honors our flag and our country, and right now people are not doing that. I think we should keep it as our national anthem for those reasons.

  • The war is what makes America.

    Without the war, who could tell we were an independent country? No one, we wouldn't be. We would still be apart of Britain. The war mentioned in the song, is the war we fought to get here, to be able to worship freely. We shouldn't have to change this part of our country, it is a true part of America.

  • Star Spangled Banner

    Our 5th grade music class feels this song is a part of our lives and is our tradition to pass on to our kids. Historically this song gives us a sense of pride for our country and military. The Star-spangled banner is not difficult to sing as we have been singing it since kindergarten.

  • Why are we tearing everything we believe in apart

    It just seems that so many different groups want to tear apart anything that is Traditional Americana be it our flag , the pledge of allegiance the list just keeps growing now this I have an idea if the united states really offends you then catch a plane a bus a ship a bicycle and just go away because your the odd one out not our traditions just go away ok

  • This is an ode to our flag and the freedom it represents then and now.

    While the poem showcases a snapshot in history it is meant to convey the triumph of spirit in our people to overcome and still be patriotic to the "radical" ideals our constitution enshrines.
    For those who don't understand the words, imagine the scene described: Battle undecided. Sounds of chaos and fury rage all around but through the haze of smoke and glare of enemy offence, and US defenses, the flag colors are visible. It is still raised, the colors rippling in a breeze. As long as it is, we are still a nation, we are still free of tyranny of a foreign power. The hope of remaining free both personally and as a nation perseveres with each glimpse of the flag. And so, as long as the US flag is still raised over the land of the brave there will be a home for those who want freedom.
    This "war" song is a message of triumph to the independent spirit of the US people and the hope that the nation will continue to remain sovereign. It is NOT just the scene above it is much more. We have come through many more uncertain times since and the flag has still proudly been waving through the haze of each of these new challenges, through the dim fog of the centuries standing the test of time.

  • The national anthem has symbolized freedom and sacrifice for 199 years

    The national anthem has been everyone national anthem for 199 years and if you change it now a lot of people will be confused of what to say. Also the national anthem symbolizes freedom and sacrifice witch are both good qualities to have. And you guys are just sitting here arguing on you computers how about you go outside and pick up trash, or help a charity. You guys are just wasting your time here.

  • The national anthem has symbolized freedom and sacrifice for 199 years

    The national anthem has been everyone national anthem for 199 years and if you change it now a lot of people will be confused of what to say. Also the national anthem symbolizes freedom and sacrifice witch are both good qualities to have. And you guys are just sitting here arguing on you computers how about you go outside and pick up trash, or help a charity. You guys are just wasting your time here.

  • Do Not Change

    Really people, too hard to memorize, maybe more like it's not catchy and you're too lazy. There are too many people in the United States today that don't even really know their history so maybe they ought to learn it along with the National Anthem and then they would realize what it means and what it stands for. It's not supposed to be a hip hop song, it's reverent and respectful for those who fought to make this a country instead of a territory of another.

  • People say no

    This song is about what happened back then. Francis Scott Key wrote it because it was such a great moment to see the Amercain Flag standing in the distance. I also like the tune because it is a British tune which we won against and they were the people in the battle that the song was written for.

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