Francis Scott Key is rolling in his grave after a Canadian singer botched the National Anthem. This isn’t an “America hates Canada” rant, either. I think we can all agree that this is one of the worst hatchet jobs we’ve ever seen.
At the 2013 Memorial Cup, Canadian singer Alexis Normand completely destroyed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but there is a bit of context we need to discuss here.
First, she apparently agreed to sing “O Canada,” and was only told at the last minute that she was supposed to perform America’s national anthem as well.
So after a successful rendition of “O Canada,” Normand did her very best “Star-Spangled Banner,” but what we got were really awkward lines like “Twilight’s last, first gleaming?” and “The perily light?” as well as “The man was still there?”
The Memorial Cup hockey game was between the Portland Winterhawks and the Halifax Mooseheads, but the audience there was mostly Canadian.
Proving that our canuck pals are way better than we’ve ever given them credit for, the audience helped Normand finish the song and spare her some embarrassment.
But Normand was still pretty embarrassed, thanking the audience for their help and apologizing profusely for the foul-up.
I’m embarrassed and deeply sorry. I wish I’d had more time to learn the American anthem. Thanks so much for the crowd’s help! #memorialcup
— Alexis Normand (@Alex6Normand) May 19, 2013
We’ll let you off, and not just because you’re cute. We don’t know the words to “O Canada,” so you know … glass houses and such.
Still, “Canadian singer botches National Anthem” take one: