Oh Say Can You ...Sing?

The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott (Off) Key

It's not all Christina's fault.

The Star Spangled Banner is one of the most difficult songs to sing. A singer needs an incredible vocal range to hit all the notes.

The mistake that most acapella singers make is to start the song too high up the musical scale.

In those cases, there is that look of panic that sets in about halfway through when the singer realizes that he'll have to reach into the stratosphere to comment on the rocket's red glare.

And that's of course if he even remembers that line about the rocket's red glare.

Everyone kind of thinks that he or she knows the lyrics but in truth, maybe not so much...

And that's just the first verse. What about...?

On the s
hore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Yeah, try that on for size to kick off your next sports event.

The vocal range is extreme and the lyrics are somewhat obscure. And if that wasn't enough, the melody is derived from an old English drinking song.

Yes, Christina may have flubbed some of the lines at the Super Bowl but compared to others who have attempted and failed to deliver, she did pretty darned well.

Comedian Roseanne Barr

Olympian Carl Lewis

Contest Winner Natalie Gilbert

What starts out as a disaster here actually turns into a sweet moment. The way the coach and the spectators come to the aid of a fellow American in need says perhaps more about patriotism and loyalty than the forgotten lyrics.

Even the special effect guy helped out on the rocket's red glare part.