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Spanish-language version of 'Star-Spangled Banner' draws cries of protest
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Spanish-language version of 'Star-Spangled Banner' draws cries of protest

By Theresa Gutierrez


April 27, 2006 - A new version of the "Star-Spangled Banner" is hitting a sour note with some Americans. A group of Latin musicians and singers have recorded a new version of America's anthem in Spanish. Organizers say it's a way for those taking part in Monday's immigration reform march to express their love for America. Others say America's anthem should only be sung in English.

"Nuestro Himno (Our Anthem)" is a song from the forthcoming Latin-Urban entertainment album Somos Americanos, "We are Americans." The album contains many recordings about the Latino experience in the US and will benefit the efforts of pro-immigration organizations. The big question is, Can the national anthem be performed and be accepted in two languages?
"It should be in English. I truly believe that you go to any country, you respect people's national anthem. If you were in Ireland and somebody starts singing in a different language, the people would be offended," said Clodhagh Murphy.

"Just because it's sung in Spanish, I don't see why they are against it," said Mary Lopez.

More than 48 recording artists are participating in the first ever Spanish language recording of the "Star-Spangled Banner." It will be released Friday on some Spanish radio stations.

"As a general concept it's wrong," said Zigmunt Dyrkacz, businessman.

Many feel the "Star-Spangled Banner" is a national treasure and they prefer it remains in English.

"It should be sung in English. It's an American song. I think it represents America," said Debbie Rand.

Others say the Spanish version simply is a patriotic way of paying tribute to the US.

"If they are an American citizen, they should be able to sing the song in whatever language they choose," said Joshua Kinsel.

"I think it's a good -- whatever language you want to put it in is just fine. I don't think there is necessarily a political statement about it," said Tony Reynes.

Community activist Jorge Mujica believes "Nuestro Himno" sidetracks the issues involved in the immigration rights movement.

"I think this is a production of a record company, is not part of the movement. Somebody should translate exactly the national anthem of the United States, into Spanish, and into Korean, for that matter, many other languages, so people know exactly the meaning, the history and the words in the national anthem," said Mujica.

Mujica added that in Canada the national anthem is sung in English and French before hockey games and it is moving in both languages. He says you can sing and speak a foreign language and still be patriotic and respectful of the United States, it's not the words but the meaning behind the song that is important.
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How pointless. It's fine like it is. Thgis is getting really fucking irritating. Forcing yourself onto people will not endear you to them. No matter what you do. Stop being deceitful criminal liars. That'd help.
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"God wrote the bible in English for a reason."

English is God's language.

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Not all.
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I am offended by the singing of the Star Spangled Banner in Spanish, but not angered.

However, I'm sure if an American went to Mexico and started singing THEIR national anthem in English, they'd get the crap beat out of them.
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Dosent bother me one bit.Its when it is mandatory to learn it in Russian or Chinese that i will be concerned.

We have been invaded by people looking foer a better life and looking to do the hard low paying jobs.

We/ the US does not have the power to stop it.We are to busy playing God and messing up other countries and lives while enriching ourselves.

It is to late --so live with it--10,12 million people --one hell of an Army.
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Polish versions of the "Star-Spangled Banner" have been around for a long time, possibly since World War II or before. I remember this version, although I think I've lost a couple of bars:

Ach czy widac tam? Patrzaj w swit bracie moj
Dumny znak nasz co lsnil kiedy gdy gasly zorze.
Hej noc cala boj wrzal, iskry rakiet ryk dzial
Niosly wiesc, ze nasz znak trwa niezlomnie jak trwal.
O czyz gwiazdny ten sztandar wciaz powiewa nam
Gdzie wolnosci swiety dom, gdzie lud dzielny strzeze bram.

Here are a couple more versions:

[link to pl.wikipedia.org]

[link to users.rcn.com]

[link to www.bieganie.pl]

This page has translations of the Star-Spangled Banner in many different languages, including Esperanto.

[link to www.nationalanthems.us]

Esperanto would be my first choice for an American national language, but no one else would vote with me, so Spanish is my second choice. English is one of the worst possible choices because its spelling is not phonetic--English-speaking schoolchildren must almost learn two different languages, spoken and written, just as Chinese schoolchildren do. Foolish!

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