For today, I'd like to once again hit the topic of The National Anthem. It isn't that I don't appreciate a good singer performing at a favorite rodeo; I love little kids' renditions as much as the next Grandpa. I can truly warm to Reba or Garth or Chris singin' it to open the show, but as I've preached for years, please print the words on the program or show them on the big board and let the crowd proclaim their allegiance to the flag while singing this Anthem together. I wrote this in 1994 while going to a college rodeo to announce in Fargo, N.D.
By Jim Thompson, May 13, 1994
I'm not a poet but I wrote these words
As I came to the rodeo today,
and the rhyme and the meter may not be right
but it's just what I want to say.
It's about the anthem we're about to hear,
and the way we let it be
just another song, and we forget
that a man named Francis Scott Key
Over 200 years ago, in a prison ship
heard the bombs burst and men cry
and wondered, "when the sun comes up tomorrow,
will I still see Old Glory fly?"
Can you imagine his pounding heart
as the rockets tore the night,
and the red, white and blue
was almost lost from sight?
So when you sing the National Anthem today,
It doesn't mean "play ball,"
or "bareback riders get ready,"
no, none of these at all.
It means that America is still free,
and we should remain proud
as Old Glory circles the arena
and our words drift over the crowd.
Sing it America...
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