Cyndi Lauper blamed 9/11 for flubbing the lyrics to "The Star Spangled Banner" at the U.S. Open.
The 1980s pop icon sang "O'er the ramparts we watched as our flag was still streaming" instead of "O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming," at the tennis match in New York. By National Anthem flub standards, it was pretty mild. But the singer was still embarrassed.
"Whew, I just did the anthem for the US open," Lauper tweeted. "It was an awesome experience. I got choked up in the middle remembering 9/11. The moon shone done (sic) 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."
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Christina Aguilera screwed the song up similarly at the last Super Bowl, replacing "o'er the ramparts we watched" with "what so proudly we watched." Roseanne Barr made the nation wince at the 1990 World Series, shrieking, spitting and grabbing her crotch. She did get the lyrics right, however.