He created a nationwide uproar when he strummed a slow, blues -style rendition of the song  at Tiger Stadium in Detroit before game five of the World Series , between Detroit and St. The response from many in the Vietnam War -era U. Despite the controversy, Feliciano's performance opened the door for the countless interpretations of the "Star-Spangled Banner" heard in the years since.
Another famous instrumental interpretation is Jimi Hendrix 's version, which was a set-list staple from autumn until his death in September , including a famous rendition at the Woodstock music festival in Incorporating sonic effects to emphasize the "rockets' red glare", and "bombs bursting in air", it became a lates emblem. The comedian belted out a screechy rendition of the song, and afterward, she mocked ballplayers by spitting and grabbing her crotch as if adjusting a protective cup.
The performance offended some, including the sitting U. President, George H. David Lee Roth both referenced parts of the anthem and played part of a hard rock rendition of the anthem on his song, " Yankee Rose " on his solo album, Eat 'Em and Smile. Steven Tyler also caused some controversy in at the Indianapolis , to which he later issued a public apology and again in at the AFC Championship Game with a cappella renditions of the song with changed lyrics. It would be one of Franklin's last public appearances before her death.
Critics likened her rendition to a jazzy "sexed-up" version of the anthem, which was considered highly inappropriate, with her performance compared to that of Marilyn Monroe 's iconic performance of Happy Birthday, Mr. Fergie later apologized for her performance of the song, citing that ''I'm a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn't strike the intended tone".
The band Boston gave an instrumental rock rendition of the anthem on their Greatest Hits album. The band Crush 40 made a version of the song as opening track from the album Thrill of the Feel In March , a government-sponsored program, the National Anthem Project , was launched after a Harris Interactive poll showed many adults knew neither the lyrics nor the history of the anthem. O say can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there; O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? On the shore 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? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream: 'Tis the star-spangled banner, O long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion, A home and a country, should leave us no more? Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved homes and the war's desolation. Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: ' In God is our trust.
When our land is illumined with Liberty's smile, If a foe from within strike a blow at her glory, Down, down with the traitor that dares to defile The flag of her stars and the page of her story! By the millions unchained, who our birthright have gained, We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained!
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And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave While the land of the free is the home of the brave. In a version hand-written by Francis Scott Key in , the third line reads "Whose bright stars and broad stripes, through the clouds of the fight". Several films have their titles taken from the song's lyrics.
These include two films titled Dawn's Early Light  and ;  two made-for-TV features titled By Dawn's Early Light  and ;  two films titled So Proudly We Hail  and ;  a feature film  and a short  titled Twilight's Last Gleaming ; and four films titled Home of the Brave ,  ,  ,  and When the U.
On June 22, , the law was revised indicating that those in uniform should salute during its playing, while others should simply stand at attention, men removing their hats.
The same code also required that women should place their hands over their hearts when the flag is displayed during the playing of the national anthem, but not if the flag was not present. On December 23, , the law was again revised instructing men and women to stand at attention and face in the direction of the music when it was played. That revision also directed men and women to place their hands over their hearts only if the flag was displayed.
Those in uniform were required to salute. On July 7, , the law was simplified. Men and women were instructed to stand with their hands over their hearts, men removing their hats, irrespective of whether or not the flag was displayed and those in uniform saluting. On August 12, , the law was rewritten keeping the same instructions, but differentiating between "those in uniform" and "members of the Armed Forces and veterans" who were both instructed to salute during the playing whether or not the flag was displayed.
Because of the changes in law over the years and confusion between instructions for the Pledge of Allegiance versus the National Anthem, throughout most of the 20th century many people simply stood at attention or with their hands folded in front of them during the playing of the Anthem, and when reciting the Pledge they would hold their hand or hat over their heart. Since , federal law viz. The law further provides that when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.
Military law requires all vehicles on the installation to stop when the song is played and all individuals outside to stand at attention and face the direction of the music and either salute, in uniform, or place the right hand over the heart, if out of uniform. The law was amended in , and since allows military veterans to salute out of uniform, as well.
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The text of 36 U. Failure to follow the suggestions is not a violation of the law. This behavioral requirement for the national anthem is subject to the same First Amendment controversies that surround the Pledge of Allegiance. After having won gold and bronze medals respectively in the meter running event, they turned on the podium to face their flags, and to hear the American national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner". Each athlete raised a black-gloved fist , and kept them raised until the anthem had finished. In addition, Smith, Carlos, and Australian silver medalist Peter Norman all wore human rights badges on their jackets.
In his autobiography, Silent Gesture , Smith stated that the gesture was not a " Black Power " salute, but a "human rights salute". The event is regarded as one of the most overtly political statements in the history of the modern Olympic Games. Politically motivated protests of the national anthem began in the National Football League after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the anthem, as opposed to the tradition of standing, in response to police brutality in America, before his team's third preseason game of Kaepernick sat during the first two preseason games, but he went unnoticed.
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The organization was still seeking a representative to sponsor the legislation in Congress at the time of their announcement. As a result of immigration to the United States and the incorporation of non-English speaking people into the country, the lyrics of the song have been translated into other languages. In , it was translated into German. With regard to the indigenous languages of North America, there are versions in Navajo    and Cherokee.
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