Saturday, February 20, 2010

Small Complaint I've Been Meaning to Make Forever

I've been meaning to mention this in the last couple of blogs after attending live games and I've forgotten and it's really probably not worth posting by itself, but now that I've remembered I'd forgotten, I can't stop thinking about it...

The Sabres have started doing this thing during the games where they recognize someone in the crowd from the military, usually someone who's just gotten back from overseas, which is a very nice thing.  Those guys and girls certainly deserve the spotlight and appreciative applause.  But while they're doing that they play the chorus from Martina McBride's Independence Day.  While those specific lyrics ("Let freedom ring/Let the white dove sing/Let the whole world know that today is the day of reckoning") fit the situation, I guess, it really bothers me that they use it because the song is about domestic abuse!  It's about an abused woman who burns down her house, with her in it, while her poor kids watches!  To loosely paraphrase a wise old man, this is not the independence we're looking for!  The Bisons always use it in their Fourth of July fireworks accompaniment too - along with Creedence Clearwater Revival's Fortunate Son - and that bothers me too.  Sports people of the world, these are not, I repeat, NOT "Yay, America!" songs.

3 comments:

amy said...

Same thing with Born In the USA. It's about the effects of Vietnam on America. Great song, but still not the proper patriotic message that people would be looking for in this situation.

S.A.M. said...

that's a very good point. I never noticed they play that song when recognizing our servicemen/women. Bad form..

LeeAndrew said...

A friend and I were discussing music at sporting events the other day and I think we finally landed on almost every song played at sporting events is stupid for one reason or another.