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Sun Feb 3, 2019, 11:04 AM

What should be the national anthem of the United States?

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The Star Spangled Banner was based off some bawdy British drinking song. The current anthem is difficult to sing, it glorifies war, and other verses are a bit racist.

Although I liked Whitney Houston's version, not many people can sing like Whitney could. Maybe it's time for a change.

Edited to Add: "God Bless America" (Kate Smith)
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Star Spangled Banner -- https://youtu.be/ls1YVhcLD2c?t7
5 (12%)
Hail Columbia -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?vhJIW5FTvdWQ
0 (0%)
My Country 'Tis of Thee -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?vq0WxjmRz3m4
1 (2%)
America the Beautiful --https://www.youtube.com/watch?vyAmydqJmDtY
20 (48%)
God Bless America -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?vEq2h-J63moo
0 (0%)
Twist and Shout -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?vb-VAxGJdJeQ
0 (0%)
MacArthur Park -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?viplpKwxFH2I
0 (0%)
Indian Love Call -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?vHBuk1HXcz1k
1 (2%)
Never Gonna Give You Up -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?vdQw4w9WgXcQ
3 (7%)
Something else
12 (29%)
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Reply What should be the national anthem of the United States? (Original post)
NurseJackie Feb 2019 OP
brooklynite Feb 2019 #1
treestar Feb 2019 #4
MyOwnPeace Feb 2019 #8
treestar Feb 2019 #11
orleans Feb 2019 #33
treestar Feb 2019 #35
McCamy Taylor Feb 2019 #57
comradebillyboy Feb 2019 #2
Srkdqltr Feb 2019 #3
treestar Feb 2019 #5
crazycatlady Feb 2019 #6
treestar Feb 2019 #12
Doreen Feb 2019 #28
Bayard Feb 2019 #7
treestar Feb 2019 #37
MyOwnPeace Feb 2019 #38
treestar Feb 2019 #40
MyOwnPeace Feb 2019 #43
Bayard Feb 2019 #55
Atticus Feb 2019 #9
NurseJackie Feb 2019 #10
TexasBushwhacker Feb 2019 #42
Clash City Rocker Feb 2019 #54
LuvNewcastle Feb 2019 #71
Raine Feb 2019 #76
rampartc Feb 2019 #78
PJMcK Feb 2019 #79
Atticus Feb 2019 #82
PJMcK Feb 2019 #84
Cirque du So-What Feb 2019 #13
rownesheck Feb 2019 #22
oldlibdem Feb 2019 #56
FakeNoose Feb 2019 #14
JenniferJuniper Feb 2019 #15
GoCubsGo Feb 2019 #20
Fiendish Thingy Feb 2019 #30
SeattleVet Feb 2019 #59
johnp3907 Feb 2019 #16
shockey80 Feb 2019 #17
Codeine Feb 2019 #18
NurseJackie Feb 2019 #19
ProudLib72 Feb 2019 #60
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Goodheart Feb 2019 #25
Sinistrous Feb 2019 #23
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jberryhill Feb 2019 #26
democratisphere Feb 2019 #27
Joe941 Feb 2019 #29
NurseJackie Feb 2019 #31
DBoon Feb 2019 #36
NurseJackie Feb 2019 #45
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lindysalsagal Feb 2019 #32
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BigMin28 Feb 2019 #65
zeusdogmom Feb 2019 #39
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Poiuyt Feb 2019 #67
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Cyrano Feb 2019 #48
NurseJackie Feb 2019 #50
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BN1914 Feb 2019 #51
roamer65 Feb 2019 #64
MyOwnPeace Feb 2019 #66
Lucid Dreamer Feb 2019 #73
randr Feb 2019 #52
struggle4progress Feb 2019 #53
McCamy Taylor Feb 2019 #58
DFW Feb 2019 #74
ProudLib72 Feb 2019 #61
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Volaris Feb 2019 #68
NurseJackie Feb 2019 #69
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betsuni Feb 2019 #85
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NurseJackie Feb 2019 #87
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NurseJackie Feb 2019 #89

Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 11:06 AM

1. People tend to forget that AMERiCA THE BEAUTIFUL references God...

...the STAR SPANGLED BANNER does not.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 11:14 AM

4. Go with the first verse only

That's all anyone will know.

My County Tis of thee works for that.

Star Spangled Banner Verse

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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Response to treestar (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 11:33 AM

8. "America" - My Country 'Tis of Thee

shares the tune with many other countries, specifically the United Kingdom (God Save the Queen).
I much prefer "our own" 'America, the Beautiful' - and it is much easier to sing than the Star Spangled Banner.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_Save_the_Queen

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 11:50 AM

11. That's a good point

The first verse only has one reference to God

O beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!


Which is pretty simple and not particularly hyper-religious.

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Response to treestar (Reply #11)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 01:42 PM

33. i always thought this should be the anthem

although i'm not crazy about the god part

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Response to orleans (Reply #33)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 01:50 PM

35. Yes, like other anthems it

merely praises the country and its beauty, which is an anthem's charter. Like O Canada and Advance Australia Fair - those are good ones. Nothing bellicose, just how much the people love the country.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 04:09 PM

57. Agree. It can not have God in it.

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 11:07 AM

2. I'll vote for Battle Hymn of the Republic despite it's excessive religiosity.

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 11:08 AM

3. Wanted to vote for Mcarthur Park but

I thought I should take this seriously.

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Response to Srkdqltr (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 11:15 AM

5. LOL

Or Never Gonna Give You Up

I would say "Born in the USA" but then the naturalized citizens would feel left out.

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 11:17 AM

6. until Trump leaves office-- Highway to Hell

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Response to crazycatlady (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 11:50 AM

12. +1

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Response to crazycatlady (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 01:26 PM

28. Yup

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 11:18 AM

7. Write something new

That's inclusive for everyone.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 01:53 PM

37. That's a good idea

Then it could meet all modern expectations.

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Response to treestar (Reply #37)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 02:02 PM

38. O-M-G!!!!!!

How could you EVER get ANY group of people to agree to a brand new one?

There would be fights about the words, the tempo, the style (ex: rap, tarantella, polka, country, classical, folk, jazz, blues, swing, rock, etc, etc!!!!). Man, this could go on and on and on.................

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #38)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 02:08 PM

40. Someone would hate it, that's for sure.

It would have 29 verses to accommodate every interest group.

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Response to treestar (Reply #40)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 02:13 PM

43. "It would have 29 verses to accommodate every interest group."

And you'd still catch hell for leaving out someone!!

As our "dear leader" said, "there's good people on both sides!"

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #43)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 03:35 PM

55. Wouldn't have to have 29 verses....

To cover immigrants and Native Americans, the hope of all coming together to form a great country.

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 11:39 AM

9. "You've Got A Friend", James Taylor. nt

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Response to Atticus (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 11:48 AM

10. "This Land is Your Land" is often suggested...

... but I don't know.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #10)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 02:13 PM

42. This Land is Your Land is my choice n/t

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #42)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 03:29 PM

54. Mine as well

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 02:47 AM

71. My choice too.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 05:15 AM

76. That used to be my choice but

not so much anymore ... I'm just not feeling it and haven't for a long time

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 06:57 AM

78. i was going to answer "this land is your land"

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it is a catchy tune, aspirational, non-warlike, and woody guthrie plus
the conservatives hate folk music that might imply nonprivatized ownership of OUR commons.

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Response to Atticus (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 08:06 AM

79. You're mistaken

Carol King wrote "You've Got A Friend." She released it on her "Tapestry" album. JT covered it as did many other artists.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #79)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 08:25 AM

82. Count not the day lost. Thanks. nt

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Response to Atticus (Reply #82)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 08:28 AM

84. No sweat

And no disrespect intended.

Part of my business is protecting songwriters' rights. I like to make sure they get credit and paid!

Have a good week, Atticus.

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 12:18 PM

13. ...

Caution: naughty language and marionette violence.

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Response to Cirque du So-What (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 12:53 PM

22. That's it!

I love this song (and movie). I'm voting for this one!

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Response to Cirque du So-What (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 04:05 PM

56. America, fuck yeah!

How is this not our national anthem?

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 12:30 PM

15. This Land is Your Land

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

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Response to JenniferJuniper (Reply #15)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 12:47 PM

20. Yes.

Even without that verse.

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Response to JenniferJuniper (Reply #15)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 01:31 PM

30. Another vote for "This Land Is Your Land" , the most egregious omission from the poll

I prefer this version, in a medley with "I hear them all" (listen to the words closely ):

https://m.

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Response to JenniferJuniper (Reply #15)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 04:12 PM

59. ...and another vote for "This Land is Your Land"

This land is your land
But it was my land
Until we sold you
Manhattan Island
From the redwood forests
to the gulfstream waters
This land was stole by you from me.

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 12:38 PM

16. American Music.

https://m.&feature=youtu.be

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 12:42 PM

17. The End by the Doors.

 

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 12:43 PM

18. Why is "Hammer-Smashed Face" never an option?

 

Cannibal Corpse just donít get no respect.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #18)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 12:45 PM

19. You know, I was thiiiiis close. But decided against it at the last minute.

Sorry.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #18)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 04:13 PM

60. Holmes, you gotta include the vid so everyone can make an informed decision

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #60)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 04:17 PM

62. Ya gotta admit, a stadium full of drunken

 

NFL fans all death-grunting ďBrutality now becomes my appetite/Violence is now a way of life/The sledge my tool to torture/As it pounds down on your forehead!Ē in unison would be pretty epic, and perhaps a more accurate reflection of our national character as well.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #18)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 05:23 AM

77. It would have to be the radio Disney version.

Some people just canít handle real music.

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 12:49 PM

21. I really like God Bless America but I'm an atheist. nt

 

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Response to UniteFightBack (Reply #21)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 01:07 PM

25. One of the verses of the Star Spangled Banner says "in God is our Trust".

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 01:00 PM

23. Well, after stumpy declares his state of "emergency"

and then decrees he is president for life, I would not be surprised if the red hat brigade chooses the "Horst Wessel Lied" as the new anthem.

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 01:03 PM

24. I used to be in the "America the Beautiful" camp, but I have changed my mind.

It's got to be "The Star Spangled Banner".

Our national anthem is not a war song. It's one about proudly defending ourselves and our ideals, and forever enduring despite all dangers.

More and more as I hear "the home of the brave" it's likely to bring tears of pride and gratitude to my eyes, and as Lady Gaga and Whitney Houston have proved it can be performed much more beautifully amd movingly than anyone could "America the Beautiful".

I speak to a lot of people from all over the world online, and interestingly they all say we have a beautiful and stirring anthem.

(I say all this knowing full well about Francis Scott Key's position as a slaveholder.)

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 01:10 PM

26. Walk This Way

 

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 01:20 PM

27. Michael Franti & Spearhead - "Hole In The Bucket"


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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 01:26 PM

29. You forgot the best option...

 

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Response to Joe941 (Reply #29)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 01:35 PM

31. It certainly is a majestic anthem.

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Response to Joe941 (Reply #29)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 01:53 PM

36. I prefer this one



Something about watering the fields with the blood of aristocrats.

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Response to DBoon (Reply #36)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 02:20 PM

45. Yikes! So much blood! Bloody banners? Slitting throats? Impure blood watering the fields?

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #45)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 02:22 PM

46. Maybe Howard Shultz would get the message then

nt

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 01:41 PM

32. Pink Floyd's Money

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #32)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 01:44 PM

34. It's a hit!

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #32)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 04:47 PM

65. That was my first thought

A song should reflect our priorities. When it comes right down to it, money comes first, last, and always to alot of people here. Especially those that make the rules/laws.

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 02:04 PM

39. I kind of like our Star Spangled Banner

If the event is singing it as a group, my 70+ year voice will be proudly added. People complain about how hard it is to sing ... not really. When we are told something is hard to sing, we believe that it is and choke up on it rather than just singing it. Granted there times the starting note is such that your vocal range is challenged a bit in parts of the song - either "too low or too high." Again many times a self inflicted perception. Be brave - go for it. Sing gently or switch octaves and it will work.

Truth - I love playing the anthem with my community band. A big, solid snare drum roll, the first chord and off we go. Gives me goosebumps every single time we play it.

The best though is at our local high school sporting events when the marching or pep band is not present. One of the students is chosen to sing the anthem - a cappella. No fancy stuff - just a clear young voice singing the anthem without vocal theatrics. Tears with those goosebumps.

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Response to zeusdogmom (Reply #39)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 02:10 PM

41. I admire your spirit! But clearly, these people shouldn't have tried.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #41)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 02:24 PM

47. Oh that was good for a laugh

Clearly not everyone should try to the solo bit. 🤣 Stick to group singing.

And yes I have seen adults make utter fools of themselves - usually trying to imitate some current "hot" singer. Seldom the HS kids though.

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Response to zeusdogmom (Reply #39)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 07:41 PM

67. Nobody did it better than Robert Merrill

He sang it the way it was supposed to be sung.

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Response to Poiuyt (Reply #67)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 02:23 AM

70. Yes indeed

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 02:15 PM

44. "American Idiot"

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Response to liberaltrucker (Reply #44)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 02:54 AM

72. Perfect!

Too bad Green Day wasnít the halftime show today. Iíll bet they wouldíve done that song.

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 02:25 PM

48. John Lennon's "Imagine"

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Response to Cyrano (Reply #48)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 02:56 PM

50. Nice!

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 02:55 PM

49. "Holiday," by Green Day

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 02:57 PM

51. America, the Beautiful - the Ray Charles version!

 

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Response to BN1914 (Reply #51)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 04:38 PM

64. Yes!

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Response to BN1914 (Reply #51)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 05:04 PM

66. Oh, yeah!!!

"Sing it, Ray!"

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Response to BN1914 (Reply #51)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 02:56 AM

73. America, the Beautiful

I like the song.
Ray's version is the best.

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 03:10 PM

52. Dylan-Times are a Changin

Or Springsteen-Born in the USA

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 03:15 PM

53. Some suggestions







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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 04:09 PM

58. "Look for the union label"

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #58)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 04:51 AM

74. Here about 0:40

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 04:17 PM

61. Maybe this one?



I admit to having a "thing" for Kathleen Hanna

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 04:20 PM

63. I'm a Marylander by birth so...

...I have to vote to keep it as it is.

Ooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 07:59 PM

68. American Idiot by Green Day...seems appropriate given who the current president got his job...

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 08:03 PM

69. Liberty Bell March (I'm sure someone could come up with lyrics!)

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 05:00 AM

75. These days, I think we could use something with a message more like this

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 08:12 AM

80. There are two problems with the Star Spangled Banner

First, it's fiendishly difficult to sing with its wide range, (musically, its tessitura) and awkward intervals.

Second, it's the only national anthem that begins with the words, "Uh, oh."

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 08:23 AM

81. I picked America the Beautiful, but I would like to nominate "This Land is Your Land"

Here's the Peter, Paul, and Mary version:

&start_radio=1&list=RDBGsz0eV-Ckk&t=38

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 08:26 AM

83. "Help!"

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Mon Feb 4, 2019, 08:37 AM

85. ...


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Response to betsuni (Reply #85)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 12:48 PM

90. ++ good one & I know this is a cool Motown classic but I thought of the money theme too from 90s

https://m.
Plus, it addresses the absolute worship and it gives a resistant call back

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 09:34 AM

86. And:



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Response to betsuni (Reply #86)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 09:55 AM

87. Last time I saw this at the Kennedy Center...

... they CHANGED THE WORDS to "America". The line "Life is all right in America... if you're all white in America" was replaced with something else (that I can't recall... but it was changed, that much I do remember.)

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Response to NurseJackie (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 10:05 AM

88. And this one.


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Response to betsuni (Reply #88)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 10:17 AM

89. ...

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