I don't think most people realize that the origin of our national anthem comes from an English tavern song. World Series games are likely top the list of occasions that see the greatest number of Americans simultaneously raise a glass to our country while listening to the national anthem. Having a drink with friends goes well with baseball, but – perhaps surprisingly – is even more fitting for The Star Spangled Banner: author Francis Scott Key lifted the tune for this patriotic homage from an old English drinking song. The melody originated in an 18th Century London gentleman’s club, as the accompaniment to a verse entitled “To Anacreon in Heaven.”
9/26/2014 04:18:56 pm
I have a 100 year old recording of The Star Spangled Banner sung by Geraldine Farrar. I only have the song because of Farrar, John guessed that right when he heard the record. John doesn't care for the national anthem regardless of which version it is.
Leave a Reply.
Jim Green - musician, runner, cyclist, vegan, tax payer.