It seems that tricky old “Star-Spangled Banner” has gotten the best of yet another pop star.
Before the semifinal match between Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki at the U.S. Open in New York City on Saturday, Cyndi Lauper sang the National Anthem, but the ’80s pop icon made a noticeable mistake during her rendition.(Paging Christina Aguilera!) Instead of the line, “O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming” Lauper belted out, “O’er the ramparts, we watched as our flag was still streaming.” Listen below:
It seems Lauper wasn’t taking any artistic liberties with the song — she was just nervous and emotional, given the National Anthem came directly after a moment of silence for those lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Lauper, who wore a dress with an image of the Statue of Liberty on it, tweeted, “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.” Later, she also wrote, “I hope I didn’t mess up too bad. I wanted it to be comforting.” (EW reached out to Lauper’s rep, who was not immediately available for comment.)
As far as National Anthem flubs go, this one was hardly the worst. (That title, as the Internet will be happy to tell you, belongs to the Eli Young Band who got booed before their mess-up at a Chiefs game in 2010.) Besides the line fail, Lauper sang the song just fine, and kudos to her for not getting tripped up and stopping — and re-starting — the song entirely.
What do you think, Music Mixers, is Cyndi Lauper messing up the National Anthem one of the worst famous singer offenders, or not so bad in comparison to, say Aguilera’s or Eli Young Band’s? Share in the comments section below!