But no one can play that piece like the United States Marine Corps Band. In a very real sense they own it, seeing as how its composer was the leader of that entity. The young musicians in that band are not only musicians. They are trained riflemen all and would be quite as competent in battle as any other Marine. I and most folks can translate "Semper Fidelis" from Latin into "Always Faithful". But what one Marine means when he says "Semper Fi" to another Marine is something that neither a former Air Force cop like me nor anyone else who is not a Marine can ever wholly understand.
But back to the purpose of this blog, which is Leftie-bashing.
The last stanza (repeated three times) at some point had words written to accompany it. Sometimes an audience member will stand up and sing them. Do you know them?
Here they are:
HURRAH FOR THE FLAG OF THE FREE!
MAY IT WAVE AS OUR STANDARD FOREVER!
THE GEM OF THE LAND AND THE SEA,
THE BANNER OF THE BRAVE!
LET DESPOTS REMEMBER THE DAY
WHEN OUR FATHERS, WITH MIGHTY ENDEAVOR
PROCLAIMED AS THEY MARCHED TO THE FRAY
THAT BY THEIR RIGHT
AND BY THEIR MIGHT
IT WAVES FOREVER!
Any questions, Ubamanistas?