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Posted at 8:46 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Gene Weingarten singalong: Perform your best 'The Star Spangled Paper'

By Amanda Zamora

When Christina Aguilera flubbed the lyrics to our national anthem at this year's Super Bowl, Post humor columnist Gene Weingarten didn't fault the singer. He faulted the anthem as "stupidly difficult to sing" and took a crack at a new one, set to the tune of William Tell.

Can you do better than Christina? Take a look at the sheet music for Gene's rendition of "The Star Spangled Paper," sing/play your heart out, then upload your best performance to YouTube using the button below. We'll post our favorites right here. (See the lyrics are here.)

The Star-Spangled Paper
Music by Gioacchino Rossini, words by James Madison and Gene Weingarten

It's okay if you pray. You can own a gun.

You can say what you may about anyone.

You can meet in the street, you can march and strut.

Been wronged? You can sue his butt.

If you're popped by a cop, then you get a trial.

Army troops won't be cooped in your domicile,

When in jail, if there's bail, it can't be too high.

'Gainst yourself ... you don't testify.

There must be reasonable cause/for cops to seize or touch your junk.

In court, you get to see and hear/their case so it you can debunk.

You'll get a jury of your peers/and even if they throw the book

You won't be tarred or feathered or/be dangled on a butcher's hook.

Just because these/are the rights that we are hereby/to you doling

Doesn't mean you/Don't have others/(for example,/going bowling).

Uncle Sam wants your land? Gotta pay a price!

Just one time for a crime - they can't try you twice.

You can write what you might, no restraint awaits.

Other laws ... are left to the states.

That is all, it is small, but it makes us free

It's a trust that we must keep for liberty.

So, a toast, not a boast, as we raise our cup -

Here's to us ... let's not screw it up.

By Amanda Zamora  | March 10, 2011; 8:46 AM ET
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While the new song is brilliant, I cannot agree that the current anthem should be replaced.

Posted by: sandbagger | March 10, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

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