“OH SAY CAN YOU SEE”….evidently not….jeez

Good Morning Patriots,

I watched like many of us the 9-11 remembrance that was woven into NFL Sunday games.  I always choke up and get misty-eyed at the solo trumpeter playing Taps.  Bagpipes playing ‘Amazing Grace’ will always give me goose-bumps and I’m never sure why?  I suspect the two or three of you reading this elegiac remember that day in vivid detail.  I’m not going to add anything so I won’t try. 

Is it me, or do these has-been singers or contest winners brought in to sing our national anthem have a problem with the lyrics?  My God, learn the fucking song!  Have you nitwits ever heard the term “practice?”  This year alone how many times have we heard the words butchered or totally missed altogether?  These f-ing egos with ears are so concerned with styling or putting an individual signature on our national song that they totally destroy it.  The very best renditions of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ were done straight up hitting the high notes with solemnity and honest emotion not with a self aggrandizing tap dance.

Just in case you’re invited to sing the SSB I’ve written down the lyrics…at least MEMORIZE the first verse!


Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

  • Always ANONYMOUS

    Oh, Bagged ONE:
    J.J.’s Hummer has not been seen in these parts since the days of Dewster… when he took GREAT pride in getting a hummer in an ACTUAL Hummer!
    ZUKI:  You mis-heard… that was MOI NURSE!… and the reason she kept referring to her the caption on her shirt is because (AND YOU WELL KNOW THIS!), in your normal financial straits (and with the big movin’-on-up), you LITTERALLY CANNOT AFFORD HER!!!… even though her rates are, um, on the low side!!!

  • zuki

    I knew I could count on the Bagwan for further truth and light.  The Roseanne photo…what was that…a bonus?  That said, you’ve indeed exposed my sensitive side toward women.  I love women.  Even the mindless Lauper is deserving of our collective worship.  However, having said this the chemical peel no doubt explains a few things.

    • Bagwan

      The Roseanne photo was from a previous post and just mysteriously reappeared — a glitch we have mentioned in the past.
      Who is that in your photo, one of the waitresses from the new Cheeky Monkey ? BTW, I saw JJ’s Hummer parked in the lot there early Sunday morning. I assume he got a ride home from Julio.

      • zuki

        Last night in a semi-drunken state, I happened upon AA coming into Blondies with this ‘lovely’ woman he referred to as his “Niece.”  She thought the text on her stained green top was very funny as she kept repeating to me as if I was interested!  Jeez.  They went in to watch the Bronco debacle so I took the above photo with my cell phone camera.  While the veracity of AA’s introduction is highly suspect, this could be one more example of ‘No Mas’

  • Bagwan

    You have to give Zuki credit for being kind to old broads since he selected a picture of Cyndi (58)  from a looong time ago. There some less flattering images of her on the web like this one leaving her doctor’s office after getting a chemical peel. 

  • fez

    What in the hell was Cyndi’s little dance?  She looked as though she was trying to channel Arthur Ashe

  • Always ANONYMOUS

    I am, once again, reminded of an old joke:

    A Spaniard name Jose came to Miami and wanted to attend a big league game. To his dismay he found that all the seats were sold out. However, the management gave him a high seat by the flagpole. When he returned to his home country his friends asked him, “What kind of people are those Americans?” He said, “Fine people, they gave me a special seat at the ball game and just before the game started that all stood up and sang ‘Jose can you see.'”

  • Bagwan

    I will tell you something that brought tears to my eyes was sitting next to Zuki in a bar as he is singing the national anthem in this strange falsetto voice which magically appears when he has had a few too many.