Cyndi Lauper became the latest in a long line of singers to draw a temporary mental blank while singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Saturday night’s U.S. Open women’s semifinal match. However, pop culture historians will most certainly not rank her momentary lapse of concentration alongside some of history’s most infamous anthem flubbers like Roseanne Barr, Carl Lewis or Christina Aguilera.
Lauper lost her way during the “O’er the ramparts we watched” section of Francis Scott Key‘s 1814 chart-topper, when instead of singing “were so gallantly streaming,” she belted out “as our flag was still streaming.” To her credit, though, she didn’t let the moment get to her, and she was able to finish the song without further incident. The blown lyric appeared to be a result of the gravity of the moment, as the native New Yorker was called on to deliver the national anthem just moments after a moment of silence for 9/11 victims had taken place. Lauper explained as much on Twitter in the moments following the incident, writing that “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.” Don’t sweat it, Cyndi, America will do doubt forgive you: after all, it’s pretty apparent that your true colors are red, white and blue.
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