Why don't we hear the second verse of the US National Anthem more often?
Here is a link of a man singing the second verse of The Star Spangled Banner... Why don't we hear the anthem sung in its entirety? It's not long, so brevity needn't be a concern. http://www.godvine.com/Marine-Stuns-a-C … -1721.html
Perhaps it is because it is more meaningful and most representative of our national spirit. In choirs and choral representations, we may then hear the second verses with other songs that we may be familiar with. What is shameful about the anthem is the fact that so many really don't care about national spirit and honoring the flag, which represents us. Schools are now prevented from giving a pledge to the flag in most systems. Many soldiers have died in defending the flag and what it stands for in this country. I love baseball, yet when the anthem is sung, it seems to be more out of tradition and the usual program, rather than in truly honoring the flag and our country.
The first one's enough. Why is it almost all national anthems are such bad music no one wants to sing or listen to them?
Because the song is hard to sing and we do well to get through the first verse. Now America the Beautiful - we hear all the verses of that all the time.
I think more than one verse would be too much for the attention span of the masses at sporting and musical events. Everyone would head for the concession stands.
I think there are four verses to the National Anthem. Had to memorize them in fifth grade I think. They did not stick. Most people would not know the second verse. It is a very hard song to sing and frankly I never thought it to be an appropriate anthem. American the Beautiful, has always been my favorite contender, if there is ever a change.
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