The National Anthem is 8 lines long. And it's not some random collection of flowery words. It's a story. The American flag was flying above Fort McHenry during fighting with the British in the War of 1812. It was there as the sun went down. As fighting went on it could be seen as the sky was lit up by explosions. At dawn, the flag was still there. Fort McHenry had been defended. It's really not that tough to understand, or remember.
Unless you're Christina Aguilera, who messed up the lyrics last night at the, uh, do I have to say "the Big Game". Are they gonna sue me if I say Superbowl? Fuckers. But instead of singing, "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming," she sang, "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming?" But at least she's apologized...
"I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through."
Obviously this isn't really a big deal. She made a mistake, and she probably feels terrible. It happens. But she should have had a teleprompter. If nothing else than to block her big ass hips. I bet she wouldn't just try to wing it if it was really important to her, like a recipe for double chocolate bacon brownies.