Magazine article The New American

Jose Can You See? the New Spanish "Translation" of the National Anthem Contains Lyrics Not in the Original. Earnings from the Recording Will Underwrite Radical Illegal Immigration Organizations

Magazine article The New American

Jose Can You See? the New Spanish "Translation" of the National Anthem Contains Lyrics Not in the Original. Earnings from the Recording Will Underwrite Radical Illegal Immigration Organizations

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The commercial release of "Nuestro Himno" (Our Anthem), a loose translation of America's National Anthem, the "Star-Spangled Banner," has started a sharp debate over what it means to be an American and if the United States will remain an English-speaking nation.

The issue shouldn't be controversial; the United States is and always has been an English-speaking nation. And the National Anthem is an English-language song.

Star-Mangled Banner

But the recording "Nuestro Himno" goes one step further than merely creating a Spanish-language version of the National Anthem. While the first verse of "Nuestro Himno" keeps loosely to Francis Scott Key's original lyrics, the second verse contains language that appears nowhere in the "Star Spangled Banner," language which could take on a dark, revolutionary meaning in the illegal immigrant movement:

   ... we are equals.
   We are brothers in our anthem.
   In fierce combat, a symbol of
      victory
   the glory of battle,
   (My people fight on)
   the march toward liberty.
   (The time has come to break the
   chains.)

Not surprisingly, Francis Scott Key's great-great-grandson Charles Key called the new rendition a "despicable thing."

The new translation is the work of British immigrant Adam Kidron, in collaboration with Hispanic and hip-hop artists on his Urban Box Office label. Kidron told USA Today that the song would be featured on his Somos Americanos album, and that one dollar from each purchase would go to the National Capital Immigration Coalition, a Washington, D. …

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