Improper use of our National Anthem?

Garrett Wollman
Sat Jun 25 13:58:50 EDT 2011

<<On Sat, 25 Jun 2011 13:13:47 -0400, "Gary's Ice Cream" <> said:

> Am I over-reacting or is this a reprehensible use of our National
> Anthem?  Your comments are appreciated and solicited.

In a word, yes, you are over-reacting.  (I guess that's actually five

The music is an old English drinking song called "To Anacreon in
Heaven".  The fact that we happen to sing Key's poem (never written to
be a song of any kind, never mind the national anthem) to the same
tune does not make it somehow sacred, any more than the Brits have a
right to object that we sing the patriotic song "My Country 'Tis of
Thee" to the tune of "God Save the Queen".


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