The National Anthem

Last week, Colin Kaepernick made headlines when he refused to stand for the national anthem before the 49ers-Packers game. If you’ve gone to a game recently, you would know that the NFL destroyed the national anthem a long time ago. The anthem used to be played by marching bands or at least sung at a normal pace. Now it’s a bunch of people making the song more about them than honoring this country. We’ve also added pyrotechnics like it’s a Kiss concert. So if you’re interested, here is a verse by verse breakdown of the national anthem and whether you should cheer or not in parentheses.


Oh, say can you see (don’t cheer)

By the dawns early light (don’t cheer)

What so proudly we hailed (don’t cheer)

At the twilights last gleaming? (don’t cheer)

Who’s broad striped and bright stars (don’t cheer)

Through the perilous fight (don’t cheer)

O’er the ramparts we watched (don’t cheer)

Were so gallantly streaming? (don’t cheer)

And the rocket’s red glare! (don’t cheer)

But what if there’s fireworks? (still no)

The bombs bursting in air! (don’t cheer)

Gave proof through the night (don’t cheer)

That our flag was still there (don’t cheer)

Oh, say does that star spangled banner yet wave (don’t cheer)

O’er the land of the free (don’t cheer)

But what if they hold the note for a super long time (still no)

And the home of the brave? (ok, cheer)