“The Star-Spangled Banner” is nobody’s idea of an easy song to sing. Just ask Lt. Frank Drebin.
Still, it’s a little bit sad and embarrassing to find out that today’s college students don’t know the words to the national anthem of the United States of America.
Campus Reform found out as much during a trip to the campus of the University of Maryland to gauge student opinion concerning the recent fracas over San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to sing the glorious, tear-jerking tune.
Students generally stood up for Kaepernick — at least in the video, calling his antics “like, heroic.”
“I like that people — people who stand up for what they believe in,” declared a blonde woman in sunglasses and a Beatles T-shirt.
At the same time, recalling the words to the song presented quite a challenge for students at the taxpayer-funded school.
A guy who threw his left arm across his heart earnestly believed that the second line is “by the dawn’s early lie.”
One woman suggested this line: “As the flag was still gleaming.”
A woman in a baseball cap simply knew none of the words at all.