On the 10-year anniversary of the horrific events that took place on 9/11, what was to be a moving remembrance was relegated to a moment of disgust as 1980s music mogul, Cyndi Lauper, botched the most iconic of songs – the Star Spangled Banner.
On that day, prior to the match between Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, at the 2011 U.S. Open professional tennis tournament, Lauper infamously replaced the line “O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming” with “O’er the ramparts, we watched as our flag was still streaming.”
“Holy Smokes …’The flag was still streaming’ — Cyndi Lauper just totally DESTROYED the Star Spangled Banner at the #usopen #fail,” read one of many mocking posts on Twitter, according to the paper.
Without hesitation, the vast network of social media was abuzz with outrage at the mistaken lyrics. Brash and unwavering, some went so far as to call Lauper unpatriotic and a scourge to America.
Singing the wrong lyrics has, and will, happen to musicians across the globe and from era to era. It is in moments such as this, a remembrance of that fateful September day, however, that beg nothing but perfection – especially when it comes to the anthem of our great nation.
Though Lauper continues to take heat for the mistake, the real shame should fall on the organizers of these events for considering these overzealous celebrities, rather than choosing professional anthem singers, such as military and police vocalists.
Cyndi Lauper sings USA National Anthem Sept 10, 2011 at US Open NYC (Tennis) HQ UPGRADE
Cyndi Lauper flubs national anthem lyrics during U.S. Open 9/11 commemoration
Singer Cyndi Lauper Flubs National Anthem During U.S. Open