Does that star-spangled banner yet wave?

Does that star-spangled banner yet wave?

My job, just a few months old, starts so early that I'm getting accustomed to not just being outside, but being near my office building "by the dawn's early light," as our national anthem puts it.

I've been enjoying the sight of a flag flying over a low building as I walked toward work. But this week, for the second time since early October, I haven't been able to see the flag in the morning. For the second time in six weeks, the flag has been lowered to half-staff.

Twice in recent days, I've missed the sight of that flag. So I've started singing:

O say, can you see

by the dawn's early light

what so proudly we hailed

at the twilight's last gleaming?

If you've never sung that -- or never even gone looking for the flag -- early in the morning, I recommend trying it. It gives the words quite a boost.

I haven't noticed anyone else singing along. But that's not going to stop me. To paraphrase one of my favorite Lerner and Loewe songs from "My Fair Lady,"  they can stop and stare, they won't bother me; for there's nowhere else on earth that I would rather be.

Amid all the noise about the national anthem and people's reactions to it, have you tried just singing along?


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  • Yes, but every time I sing it, I discover I started in a key that is too high. I fall short of the rockets.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    That's happened to me, jnorto. Try dropping an octave (stay in the same key, just go down eight notes). Too-high notes can choke me up anyway, let alone on these thoughts, so the drop helps me at times.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    But since most people have no more than three octaves available, and some of us less, we have to throw a very low pitch to Jose. (Blame Jack for the pun!)

  • In reply to jnorto:

    And a good pun at that.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    However, not original on my part. My original one is what do the Cubs do for Southeast Asian fans in the 7th Inning?

  • In reply to jack:

    OK, I'm stumped. What?

  • The real question at baseball is "Jose can you see?"

  • In reply to jack:

    Of course, that was the version during the Mexican War.

  • In reply to jack:

    Very polite, aren't we?

  • BTW, since puns are on this thread, Bing Crosby was called the "Old Groaner". Maybe because he didn't like puns?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Der Bingle didn't like puns? No posts for him!

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