Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light….
Wow, what great inspiration of a song. A song that makes some Americans shake in their shoes, break out in goose bumps. Yet the other day I heard someone playing with the harmonies of the song, and singing this as if it were no more than an unimportant, meaningless writing. At that time I was reminded of a true funny man.
Rodney Dangerfield, spent most of his career out of making us laugh with his classic line, “I get no respect”. I wonder how much respect is our national anthem getting these days. Unlike every other country on this planet. Kids in schools are not even taught the complete history, and words of this song, the meaning, and even the reason this song means what it does in American History. Some even believe that the final words of the song are “Play Ball, or Gentlemen Start your engines”. I wonder what the no respect man would say about the lack of for America’s national anthem.
To think that a few years ago I began to sit and watch the Philadelphia baseball game, and they had a native of the city, and super star sing our country’s anthem, and to my utter disappointment, she skipped some of the words. Here is a singing super star, who had missed the words of this country’s national song, in a live televised show. In the city that itself has so much history in conjunction with freedom, and the passion that inspired the song itself.
When will we as Americans get back to giving respect to the our country, heritage, and our strength.