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Old 27 Oct 2002, 02:44 (Ref:414372)   #1
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Why the US anthem overseas?

I mean... This is really the ultimate in arrogance... There are only a handful of American drivers in the field... They should be singing the Brazilian anthem.

Oh well, at least it's better then the Aussie anthem! (KIDDING!!!)
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Old 27 Oct 2002, 03:47 (Ref:414408)   #2
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Pfftttt... the guy who sang the aussie anthem is a mate of mine, and is the only cowboy singer I could tollerate for a short period of time
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Old 27 Oct 2002, 03:52 (Ref:414413)   #3
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I always wondered why they played the anthem before the race, no other series does it... But, I guess the idea of playing your anthem before the race is an American thing..
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Old 27 Oct 2002, 03:58 (Ref:414419)   #4
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I know the Aussie V8s tend to have the national anthem
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Old 27 Oct 2002, 04:07 (Ref:414428)   #5
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It's an American series, they play the anthem. Americans love their anthem. And their flag.
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Old 27 Oct 2002, 12:54 (Ref:414689)   #6
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Usually at CART races they have prayers. They could have used some prayers before this one, although I expect there were plenty DURING it to make up.
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Old 27 Oct 2002, 14:40 (Ref:414745)   #7
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They'd always play the Canadian anthem at MIS, too.
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Old 27 Oct 2002, 16:20 (Ref:414811)   #8
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Why? Michigan is not in Canada....
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Old 27 Oct 2002, 16:47 (Ref:414830)   #9
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Probably because it was about an hour's drive from the border, and much of the fanbase there were fellow Canucks.
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Just thought I'd bring back this topic, as I'm listening ot the Fontana radio broadcast and their singing 'God bless America' which is much nicer than the song they use as their anthem. Why was the Star spangle banner or whatever it's called chosen? It's a terrible song...

oh ok, now they're singing the nation anthem. I'm turning the radio off, it's that bad!

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"God Bless America" is a rather hokey song, but yes, it's better than the anthem.

The words to the anthem were written by a lawyer during the 1812 conflict with England... The music comes from some stupid British pub song. Really great musical pedigree.

I suppose that when we had to pick an anthem, there weren't many choices available... And being stubborn Americans with no taste, we haven't bothered to change it.

That woman they had singing the anthem today should have been stoned to death, she was so horrible!!!

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"God Bless America" is a rather hokey song, but yes, it's better than the anthem.

The words to the anthem were written by a lawyer during the 1812 conflict with England... The music comes from some stupid British pub song. Really great musical pedigree.

That woman they had singing the anthem today should have been stoned to death, she was so horrible!!!
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I agree. I figure that after they had offended all the California Multiculturalists and Atheists by singing "God Bless America" they had to offend the rest of us by having that woman yowl the National Anthem in Rap/Hip Hop/WTF mode.
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[QUOTE] Originally posted by Lee Janotta
[B]"God Bless America" is a rather hokey song, but yes, it's better than the anthem.

The words to the anthem were written by a lawyer during the 1812 conflict with England... The music comes from some stupid British pub song. Really great musical pedigree.

That woman they had singing the anthem today should have been stoned to death, she was so horrible!!!

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Lee- as a fellow American, I have to disagree with your downing of the National Anthem. While I'm not a super patriot or anything close to it, the Anthem does (or should) command some degree of respect from any American who appreciates the blessings we have living here. Perfect- no.....pretty darn good- yes. Think of those who gave their all so you could complain today.

We are in complete agreement about the vocalist at today's race. I don't know why it has become fashionable to try to over-embellish a traditional song such as this- there is no beauty in this distortion (IMHO)
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Criticism of the Star Spangled Banner usually comes from those who hate the song because they hate the country it represents. It's just easier to say you don't like the song, which if sung correctly (it never is anymore), can be inspiring and emotional.

And yes, music is a matter of taste. But before this thread became about the US and it's National Anthem, it was about why it was played in Australia. I thought it was odd too, but in the US, especially here, near the Canadian border, we hear 'Oh, Canada' frequently. Especially at races as MacD said, and hockey games. I think it is done as a courtesy to the visiting country. Nothing wrong with courtesy IMO.
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