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David P. Dillard


OFF TOPIC POSTING: National Anthems

First of all permit me to wish all a Happy Fourth of July.  Now I hope
that I will not be railed at for bringing up these incidents of posting
that are clearly off the track, although nobody seems to have raised a red
signal about these posts.  There have been a number of posts about
National Anthems.  It all started innocently enough with Fourth of July
Greetings.  Another poster wished the membership a "Happy Canada Day" and
before one knew what had happened, a full blown multi-participant thread
about National Anthems had developed.  What makes these posts both off
topic and quite interesting is that they are occuring on an internetional
Light Rail transportation discussion list, LRPPro: Light Rail Progress
Professional List that includes among its membership folks who have run
transportation systems.

LRPPro  Light Rail Progress Professional List

So what knowledge and sources have these railroad experts shared about
National Anthems?  Here are some links and some information and views that
has been shared in this discussion.

Oh Canada has a pretty tune but comes from a drinking song, horrors.

A river and a Canadian department store chain are named after Henry
Hudson as well as a large bay.

When Lithuania competed in the first Post-Cold War Olympics for the first
time since the early 1930's, nobody could find a recording of the
Lithuanian National Anthem at first, and when they finally did, it was
played with the Lithuanian flag having been raised upside down.

The best version of the Star Spangled Banner heard at a ball game is the
one done at Yankee Stadium by opera singer Robert Merrill on a recording.
This rendition was sung the way it was supposed to be sung.

The tune to the Star Spangled Banner was composed by John Stafford Smith
about 1780 then titled "To Anacreon In Heaven".  Francis Scott Key wrote
the words to the Anthem and the source for this information that is cited
is the website of the United States Marine Band.

A real bad situation for the day before the Fourth of July, the July 3,
2009 Philadelphia Phillies game was preceded by a heavily gospelized
version of the Star Spangled Banner in which the singers even got the
words wrong in several places, a fact that shocked the Phillies play by
play announcers.  The Phillies improved that situation when the Phillies
won the game 7-2 and the game featured the return after a two year fight
to regain physical health of Rodrigo Lopez "who was pitching on 707 days'
rest. The right-hander had last climbed a big league mound on July 26,
2007, and last walked off one victorious on July 7, 2007."


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Then came a post that provided a Monte Python medly of National Anthems
that included a couple of "naughty bits." and this post also cited some
interesting facts including:

"The Star Spangled Banner is just one of many songs which was considered
for our national anthem.  Eleanor Roosevelt wanted to make "Columbia the
Gem of the Ocean" the US national anthem."

Another post provided these interesting links:

God Bless America  Kate Smith

SOA Lyrics
"Anacreon in Heaven"
Lyrics: Ralph Tomlinson Music: John Stafford Smith

Anacreontic Song   Piano Version without Lyrics

An executive order by President Wilson making the Star Spangled Banner the
National Anthem was made law in the Roosevelt administration.

Russian & French National Anthems



John Williams Score.


Correction to an earlier post, Hoover was President when the Star Spangled
Banner was made the National Anthem by Congress.

Now it should be noted that this switch of topics did not derail this list
from its appointed routes of discussion as these topic lines also
considered during the time of the discussion of National Athems will


El Paso, Texas - mayor envisions commuter rail, LRT

Seattle - Light rail vanquishes PT Cruiser

Rail round-up: Portland, New Orleans, Denver, Blackpool & more

Galveston, Texas - rail transit to be repaired

Cincinnati, Onio - chamber opposes anti-streetcar vote

MWHSR proposes 220 MPH Chicago-St. Louis Trains

If you absolutely had to choose: Gas taxes or toll roads?

Investigators: Repair Work Preceded Deadly Metro Crash -

Phoenix, Ariz. - All available LRV trains to be used July 4th

Portland, Ore. - more coverage of modern streetcar unveiling

Hawaii's Cheapest Cruise Sails Into Sunset

Trenton, N.J. - tax credit expanded to LRT stations

Cincinnati, Ohio -- NAACP wants stimulus funds spread

New Orleans - eight-week streetcar shutdown starts Monday

Washington, D.C. - planners reject citizen preference for LRT

Book Review: Charles Tyson Yerkes

Ogden, Utah - editorial: choose streetcars for university link

Phoenix, Ariz. - sizzling heat will test light rail starter line

Rockville, Md. - LRT urged for Corridor Cities Transitway

China's massive renewable energy program

Victorville, Calif. - high speed rail to Las Vegas

Linz, Austria - transit operator orders 23 Flexity LRVs

Vancouver, B.C. - Bombardier wins commuter rail contract


I suppose in thinking this over that a medley is superior to a direct
route without a chance to view some nice scenery in passing.

A very happy holiday to all.

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