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Should our national anthem be replaced by This Land Is Your land
Living in America by James Brown.But "This Land Is My Land?", hell no, unless we change the lyrics:This Land Is My LandIt sure ain't your landyou better get off itOr I'll blow your head offThis Mortgage Was Paid By Me Not You.
YES it should.
1. No one knows the words to The Star and Bangled Banner
The original tune was “To Anacreon in Heaven,” an English drinking song written by John Stafford Smith with words by Ralph Tomlinson, Esq. According to tradition it was first “sung at the Crown Anchor Tavern in the Strand, circa 1780.” Tomlinson was president of the Anacreontic Society, a gentlemen’s club popular with upscale London boozers. Anacreon (563-478 B.C.) was a Greek poet known for his songs of wine and women.You’re thinking: drinking song? I can’t sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” when I’m sober.I’m not arguing with you. The thought of a bunch of guys drunk as lords, half of whom were lords, screeching this tune out at the top of their lungs … I don’t know about you, but in thirty seconds I’d be begging for Roseanne.And the lyrics! You’d expect a drinking song to be pretty raucous, and by comparison to the national anthem I suppose “Anacreon” is. But it’s no “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.” Here’s the full unexpurgated text, dug out by my able assistant SDSTAFF Songbird, who provided much of the information that follows as well: