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Thread #45506   Message #673693
Posted By: Joe_F
21-Mar-02 - 07:46 PM
Thread Name: Politically incorrect national anthems
Subject: RE: Politically incorrect national anthems
It is true that "The Star-Spangled Banner" contains the phrase "conquer we must", which sounds aggressive in isolation; but in the context where it occurs ("O, thus, be it e'er when free men shall stand Between their loved homes and the war's desolation. Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n-rescued land Praise the Power" etc.), I think one may charitably take "conquer" to mean merely "be victorious"

The trouble with the tune is not, IMO, that people try to fancy it up; it is that the bare tune has a range of an octave & a fifth. Possibly even a majority of people can manage that if they are allowed their own key; but for a crowd to sing it together is out of the question. In the days of barbershop quartets & Christmas carols, enough people might have known the parts to make a fair show of it, but not any more.

When De Gaulle announced that he was pulling the French out of Algeria, he avoided whatever response his audience might have had in mind my leading them in the Marseillaise. Fancy Nixon trying that on us! We'd still be in Vietnam.