Improper use of our National Anthem?

Bill O'Neill (
Sun Jun 26 08:47:55 EDT 2011

On 6/25/2011 8:22 PM, Donna Halper wrote:
> On 6/25/2011 6:11 PM, Bill O'Neill ( wrote:
>> Former drinking song? Perhaps a wee bit of a stretch, Garrett.
> No, Garrett is 100% correct.  The melody was chosen because it was a 
> well-known song used in the finest taverns in England (and thus in the 
> US, since we had been a former British colony).
My post was unclear. I figured it accurately ID'd as a former drinking 
song. That fits even better with "Play ball!" that generally follows.  
What I am curious about is if it's in good taste to use the song as a 
music bed.  Now, if the country switches to a new anthem with, say, the 
"I Dream of Jeannie" theme to new lyrics, that's another ballgame.

Bill O'Neill

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