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 First of all, I believe the so is extremely outdated, as so plainly demonstrated by my earlier statement.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.
America the Beautiful is the best contender. It gives a brilliant description of the beauty of our country and shows that we have flaws that can be mended, and that our gold can be refined..In other words, the country is great but there's room for improvement. God bless America just doesn't have that element. America the Beautiful is a small step in us being great again.
Our national anthem is very difficult musically and is hard for people to sing entirely because of its huge span and difficult interval leaps between notes. Other beautiful patriotic American songs would be simpler to learn and much more easy for the average American to sing during events important to our society.
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!
It would strip the nation of yet another thing I am proud of and it would take us another step towards losing our rights as free American citizens. The vocal range should not be easier, for it is beautiful and chilling to hear it sang correctly. The anthem is not racist; people are just looking for something to call racist these days. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
It is a nice song. It tells a story of the war that gave birth to America. My 8 yr old son learned it by heart. It does not need to be changed even though it is a poem.The whole world knows about it and we are famous for it.
Our national anthem is perfect the way it is. Why would you want to change such a perfect song. I just don't get it. Our song represents that our flag was still there after the Battle of Baltimore. If you read this please agree with me that we should keep our National Anthem.
The lyrics of the national anthem are symbolic of the people in this nation and what America truly stands for. Honestly, the only thing people can say against this is that the national anthem is a beer song and it supports war. However, the anthem only includes very tame imagery of war to emphasize a very strong message of patriotism, and how the American people will prevail no matter how bad things look around us. While we can only get "beer" and "war" from the national anthem, our ancestors are rolling in their graves.
Today, when there is so much violence and war in the news, we should be able to connect to the message of the national anthem even more than ever before, because we can see that no matter how bad things get, no matter what is happening, the "star spangled banner" will always keep waving over the freedom represented by our great nation and the great people in it. PATRIOTISM MURICA F*CK YEAH
Its a part of our history. It unifies us at sports events even though we all have differences we can all share at east one thing in common and that is our love for our nation. And some people take for granted the freedom we have and thats wrong really wrong
This is history, the anthem has been around for 199 years and I may only be 14 but I can say that the anthem should stay because we want our future generations to know about the past and keep on telling them about history. Changing the national anthem is just bullshit.
It should stay the same because it talks about all of the things that our country has been through ,and how much we have done. Also it talks about all of the things we have survived and that we have not fallen, our country still stands. It tells how our country was brave.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” (Regan, 1989)
Ok so it says the word slave once in the original poem but there was a reason it was taken out and not put into our anthem! Even if the stanza with "slave" was in the national anthem your reason to complain is borderline stupidity. The values of our country have changed.