We just got a comment on our YouTube video of Jason Mraz singing the National Anthem at the Padres 2011 Home Opener. The comment brought something to my attention about his performance that I hadn't noticed because it's muffled by the sound of an explosion.
Apparently Mraz is such a hippie that he can't even bring himself to sing the lyrics to the Star-Spangeled Banner correctly. Instead of "the bombs bursting in air", he sings "they are bursting in air". Like if somehow he says the word "bombs" he's promoting war and the Military–industrial complex, but saying "rockets" is okay, obviously.
If you look through other YouTube videos of him singing the National Anthem you'll find that sometimes he does choose to say "bombs". I'm guessing that this only happens when it's pre-recorded, like at an NFL game.
However, in a 2004 episode of the TV Series Clubhouse he leaves out the entire line, skipping over "And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;" Did they just need to shorten the scene during editing? Is it a coincidence or was it part of their agreement for his guest appearance?
I mean, say what you will about Roseanne Barr, but at least she didn't change or omit lyrics when they didn't mesh with her beliefs. She did however add a little more saliva to the field and a crotch grab to boot, so I guess it evens out.
All artists interpret the song in their own way. Some perform it without any lyrics at all, some add endless vibratos, and practically no one sings all 4 verses. In the whole scheme of things his omission doesn't really matter, but I guess it matters to him.
I like the original lyrics better.