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January 18, 2002
Regarding the national anthem of the United States, not many people know the lyrics were words of a poem by Francis Scott Key but what extremely few Americans know is that the anthem's music is that of a old British drinking song. As with all great songs, remakes are done by musicians who want to add their artistic flair to songs they love. But do gospel or hip hop "artists" respect the song when they add a dozen extra notes to the music, or is it just a canvass for exhibitionism to conceive their remake of a set national anthem?