Friday, July 02, 2004

Didja know? 

The US national anthem 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is set to the tune of the English song 'To Anacreon in Heaven' which was the 'constitutional song' of the Anacreontic Society, a gentlemen's music club in London. That means a little more if you know that Anacreon was a Greek poet who was noted for his songs in praise of love and wine.

yup, the Banner is a drinking song. it boggles the mind -- most people can't sing it well when sober. I suppose in that way it puts everyone on an equal footing, but still. I'll choose I'm a Rover or The Old Black Rum any day.

Thanks to A.Word.A.Day for passing that tidbit along


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