Saturday, April 29, 2006

Let Eagles Shriek from Lofty Peak...en Ingles

(HT: A Swift Kick and a Band-Aid)

MIAMI — British music producer Adam Kidron says that when he came up with the idea of a Spanish-language version of the U.S. national anthem, he saw it as an ode to the millions of immigrants seeking a better life.
Well there's your problem right there...it stops being a symbol of national unity, and it becomes another instance of a refusal to assimilate.

I caught Hugh Hewitt on-air trying to argue that I can't object unless I stop singing "My Country Tis of Thee", because that song is really "God Save the King" with new lyrics.

Bad argument. New lyrics changed that anthem into something other.

"My Country Tis of Thee" means something in its current form. That meaning isn't altered just because its sounds originally signified something else, any more than Hewitt can be called a Hellenic commie because he's a Republican, from the Latin res publica, which is of course the title of Plato's historic utopian screed...

We'd be just as mad if some English-language choir opened ball games by singing
Ohhhh hey didja spot...
Mr. Kidron, if you love America and want to rewrite some songs, how about coming up with good lyrics for "The Stars and Stripes Forever"...in any language?
Let martial note in triumph float
And liberty extend its mighty hand
A flag appears 'mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
Its folds protect no tyrant crew;
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom's shield and hope.
Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom's nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free!
May it wave as our standard forever,
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

Let eagle shriek from lofty peak
The never-ending watchword of our land;
Let summer breeze waft through the trees
The echo of the chorus grand.
Sing out for liberty and light,
Sing out for freedom and the right.
Sing out for Union and its might,
O patriotic sons.
Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation,
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom's nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free.
May it wave as our standard forever
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with might endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray,
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.
Naw...just hum along.

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