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  •  No, that's the Star Spangled Banner (8+ / 0-)

    The Coke ad used America the Beautiful, written in 1893 by Katherine Lee Bates.  She was a native of Falmouth, Massachusetts and graduated Wellesley College, where she later taught.  She wrote the song after visiting Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs.

    The Star Spangled Banner was written to the tune of To Anacreon in Heaven by John Stafford Smith. And of course America/My Country 'Tis of Thee was written as substitute lyrics for God Save the King.  

    America the Beautiful should (IMHO) be the national anthem.  I have attended Town Meetings where it was sung at the opening, alternating days with The Star Spangled Banner.

    The Coke ad was beautiful.  I think the point was that all of those are languages spoken here.  I would love to see a list of what each one was.

    •  If they had used the Star Spangled Banner - I am (5+ / 0-)

      sure the mushroom cloud of outrage would have been visible from coast to coast.

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 09:15:22 PM PST

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    •  Yes. (1+ / 0-)
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      Apart from your correct data, I agree, America the Beautiful should be our national anthem. If we can't have This Land is Your Land.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 07:56:49 AM PST

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    •  Obviously the whole point. (0+ / 0-)

      Those who think the National Anthem should only be "sang" in English...

      a) have no clue English came from England,

      b) America the Beautiful is NOT the National Anthem (although I agree it is a prettier song than The Star Spangled Banner), and

      c) the United States has no official language.


      "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Antonin Scalia, John Boner, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

      by Eman on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 09:59:24 PM PST

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