Tags: aaron lewis | apologizes | banner | mistake

Aaron Lewis Apologizes for 'Star-Spangled Banner' Word Mix-Up

Image: Aaron Lewis Apologizes for 'Star-Spangled Banner' Word Mix-Up
(Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images, file)

By    |   Monday, 27 Oct 2014 04:24 PM

Singer Aaron Lewis apologized Monday for getting the words wrong when he sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the fifth World Series game.

Lewis accidentally sang, “O say can you see by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed were so gallantly streaming?” The last words of that verse should have been “at the twilight’s last gleaming?”

On his Facebook page, Lewis, the lead singer of The Staind, said, “All I can say is I'm sorry and ask for the Nation's forgiveness. My nerves got the best of me and I am completely torn up about what happened. America is the greatest country in the world. The Star-Spangled Banner means so much to so many, including myself. I hope everyone can understand the intensity of the situation and my true intent of this performance. I hope that the Nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me.”

The singer’s fans rushed to assure him that it was perfectly human to make mistakes, but the performance was the butt of numerous jokes Sunday and Monday. Big League Stew’s David Brown wrote a tough assessment not only of Lewis’s performance, but even of his grammatical errors in his apology. Lewis capitalized “Nation” in referring to the U.S., although it shouldn’t have been.

“What a strange note, and not only because he seems to be apologizing to the Nation, a political magazine. It's just an odd reaction to think that people will think you are unpatriotic because you messed up the words,” Brown wrote. “As if Lewis were some kind of musical double agent, sent by our enemies — the same people who ripped the flag before Game 3 — to make us disloyal to the United States through badly performed music.”

Lewis was also criticized for sounding flat, something that one fan disagreed with. She wrote on Facebook, “Bunch of haters. As someone who has sung the national anthem a million times, it's the hardest freaking song in the world, and you did GREAT. Refreshing sound. And I did NOT miss the usual vocal acrobatics that are so popular these days....well done.”

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
Singer Aaron Lewis apologized Monday for getting the words wrong when he sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the fifth World Series game.
aaron lewis, apologizes, banner, mistake
357
2014-24-27
Monday, 27 Oct 2014 04:24 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved