I Botched The Star-Spangled Banner: The Cyndi Lauper Edition…
An ’80s new wave icon has joined the likes of divas like Christina Aguilera, Kat De Luna, Keri Hilson (Did we mention Roseanne Barr?) in the National Anthem Butchers Hall of Fame. (Patent Pending…)
Cyndi Lauper performed the National Anthem at the U.S. Open at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, but things got a little “innerestin’” as the Grammy winner hit the middle of the ditty.
The Brooklyn native — who boasts a four-octave range — sang: “O’er the ramparts, we watched as our flag was still streaming” instead of the actual lyrics, which go a little something like this: “O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming.”
Sound familiar? It should — it’s the same line Christina slaughtered at last year’s Super Bowl. Can no one get this anthem right? Maybe it’s time we started humming along to “God Bless America” at sporting events instead.
That’s pretty easy to remember the words to.
Cyndi, 58, later explained that she got distracted mid-song as she started thinking about the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, which at the time was less than 24 hours away. Just before her performance, there had been a moment of silence observed for the victims of the terrorist attack that killed 3,000 people.
“Whew, I just did the anthem for the US open. It was an awesome experience. I got choked up in the middle remembering 9/11,” Lauper, who sang wearing a Statue of Liberty dress, Tweeted afterward.
“The moon shone done on us and I tried to say a prayer at the same time. I hope I didn’t mess up too bad. I wanted it to be comforting. Xcyn,” she added.