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Song Parodies -> "Sing the Anthem"

Original Song Title:

"Hitchin' A Ride"

Original Performer:

Paper Lace

Parody Song Title:

"Sing the Anthem"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

Over the years, there have been numerous memorable renditions of the National Anthem. Who could forget Whitney Houston as she sang at the 1991 Super Bowl just weeks after the first Gulf War started? This song is not about the ones we want to remember. This song is about the versions of the Star Spangled Banner we'd rather forget. Please join me in the misery I had to endure to write this song by listening to the footnoted youtube versions below!
The planning was bizarre, who booked Rosanne Barr
Singing of the anthem was misery 1
Then there’s Carl Lewis, he tried it and blew this 2
Why can’t people sing Francis Scott Key?
Breaks my ears to hear them and their crooning techniques
Won’t somebody help them out like Maurice Cheeks? 3

Sing, sing, sing, sing the anthem
Sing, sing, sing, sing the anthem

The crowd rises, the song starts up
The singing’s horrible, I throw my cup
Sing the anthem, sing the anthem
It’s so much worse than I could fathom

Police men try 4, cheerleaders too 5
Bolton wrote on his hand, oh what a fool 6
Sing the anthem, sing the anthem
Their bad singing is an anathema

Sing, sing, sing, sing the anthem
Sing, sing, sing, sing the anthem

Back on the ice rink, it’s her turn to sing
Forgetting the words she walks down the hall
But then she turns around, she wants one more round
Takes one step out and then she falls 7
When they start to sing about the rockets red glare
I can’t help but lift up a please help me prayer

Sing, sing, sing, sing the anthem
Sing, sing, sing, sing the anthem

Sing, sing, sing, sing the anthem
Sing, sing, sing, sing the anthem
Lyrics by Medemia. Bad performances owned by original singers. I want no rights reserved for those things. OS
1. Rosanne Barr
2. Carl Lewis
3. Maurice Cheeks
4. Some police officer
5. Not really a cheerleader
6. Michael Bolton
7. Falling lady

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Guy - August 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Med - I could have slapped Rosanne's eyes right off her head when she did that. Whoppi Goldberg tried it once too I believe and it was just as bad as Roseanne, no worse - she threw swear words into it as I recall. . I particularly like the way you used and snuck in "anathema". Well played!

"They bombed worst than I care".

Thanks for doing all the research on this one. Must have taken some time - more people should vote and comment on this - 19 views and I'm the first to say anything? You deserve more attention for such a labor as this. 5 Reds - 5 whites - 5 Blues.
Tommy Turtle - August 19, 2009 - Report this comment
What kills me is that everyone is singing it as though it were a funeral dirge. It's a *Victory Song*, you fools! ... and should be done at a brisk, celebratory pace. I can't stand to hear anyone do it, and haven't for the past couple of decades. ... and only people with an actual "voice", good pitch, and the ability to stick to the original music, rather than "personalizing it", should be allowed to sing it at public events. 555, and thanks for allowing me to share in your ventilation at this National Rant-hem.
Jose Can-u-seco - August 19, 2009 - Report this comment
(nothing else to say, just an irresistible nom de pun - TT.)
Fiddlegirl - August 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm not sure which is more embarrassing-- the bad singing or not knowing the correct words (which has happened on several occasions. [LOL @ TT's Nom de Pun]
Shameless Plugger - August 19, 2009 - Report this comment
The only *serious* parody of the National Anthem at this site, which extends its message globally:

... and a silly one from when Ms. Wasilla first appeared. looking sooo intelligent in those specs. (Then she opened her mouth -- disillusionment -- but at least it's extremely syllable-matched):

Max Power - August 31, 2009 - Report this comment
Matthias - September 01, 2009 - Report this comment
This was a really great parody to a very unheard of song and an even more unheard of band... Great stories here and a fantasticly original topic to write about.
Agrimorfee - September 03, 2009 - Report this comment
(artistry) Hey kids, didja know that The National Anthem is actually a parody? Neat idea for a topic, brave way to not rhyme the title refrain.
Rex - September 05, 2009 - Report this comment
(Artistry) Wonderful choice of topic. I can't help thinking that there's gotta be a way to turn "bombs bursting in air" into a line about the performances you've mentioned.
bobpiecheese - September 08, 2009 - Report this comment
(Artistry) Kudos for an original's just not one I care for. It's hard enough for me to care about my own country's national anthem being butchered, let alone anyone elses. There's an Eddie Izzard bit that's of particular relevance here, but quoting it wil take too long. Just look up the script for 'Dress To Kill'. I'm out.
Below Average Dave - September 11, 2009 - Report this comment
(Aritstry) Reminds me of "She Tanked". . .Uh, for the future, use symbols like ^ or * or combinations of symbols or the actual small numbers for footnotes, the first time through I thought you had gone mad putting in random numbers in the song:)

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