Good luck and "Break a leg!" Enjoy the tune and let it soar!
Below, you will find a set of "alternate lyrics" for the same tune,
should you ever find yourself in a similar musical situation, and
you think that your audience could listen to some new ideas!
Peninsula Harmony Chorus
A Verse towards a New National Anthem
(to be sung to the traditional, familiar tune)
O Say, can you see, that the dream which began,
O'er two cent'ries ago, has become a great nation?
Whose broad concepts have shown that a governing plan,
Of, For and By all the People survives tribulation.
And our rockets now fly with our hopes to the sky,
Looking forward to ages when no dreams need die.
O Say, does that Star-Spangled Banner still stand,
For the greatest of spirit in woman and man?
O Say, can you see, that we must not forget,
In our haste for the future, the past teaches strongly,
That "Justice for all..." is a goal we've not met,
And Miss Liberty's lamp has, at times, been used wrongly?
But with God at our side, we've endured many'a tide,
And work for where Justice and Peace may abide.
O Say, does that Star-Spangled Banner fly free,
In a land which gives hope unto you and to me?
O Say, can you see, that the wars of the past
Will not lead to the future, to a life that is lasting?
We must live now with trust, so no more stones are cast,
And greet all with hands that are open, ungrasping.
For this world is too small to insist that a wall
Must be built up, dividing the great from the small.
O Say, does that banner of stripes and of stars,
Still cry to the world, "Not mine, but Ours."?
O Say, can you see, as the future looms near,
That our country's survival is "working together,"
With dignity, pride, and an absence of fear,
And decisions made wisely, with care for each other?
And the dream we must save, ere we lie in our grave,
Is a world that is greater than our parents gave.
O Say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
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Lyrics by Paul J. Prochaska; Composed: the 3rd of January, 1997
Lyrics copyrighted (c) January, 1997, by Paul J. Prochaska.
All Rights Reserved. paul@... http://www.pfpfm.com
On Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at 04:23 PM, Robert Lenoil wrote:
> Hi! Through a rather interesting course of events, I am going to sing
> the national anthem at 1pm Pacific time this Sunday at the Oakland
> Months ago, my quartet Q (http://www.Qtet.net) recorded the national
> anthem while we were working on our new CD, and we sent a copy off to
> the Oakland A's. We wrote that we would be in the bay area to perform
> at the Cable Car Chorus's show on Saturday, June 26th, leaving
> Sunday, June 27th free for us to perform the anthem at the final game
> of the A's/Giants series. Like most unsolicited tapes, we never
> received a response and thought that that was that...
> This morning I received a call from the A's to confirm Q's appearance
> this Sunday - they had apparently liked our tape, booked us to sing,
> but through a mixup never told us about it! Unfortunately, we weren't
> all able to adjust our plans at the last minute, but since I was
> driving separately to the bay area and I happen to be the melody
> singer, our bass suggested to me that I volunteer to sing the anthem
> solo. Since the A's weren't going to find a last minute replacement,
> it was a choice of that or just playing a stock recording of the
> national anthem. And so, there you have it - I will be singing the
> Star Spangled Banner this Sunday in front of approximately fifty
> thousand fans (the A's/Giants games are near sell-outs)! The game
> will certainly be televised in the bay area and maybe elsewhere,
> although it remains to be seen if they will broadcast the singing of
> the anthem or go to commercial break for that.
> I promise that there will be no "wardrobe malfunction" for my
> performance. :)
> -Robert Lenoil
> P.S. The A's have offered Q another opportunity to perform the anthem
> as a group. More on that as it develops.
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