Sale of the Centuries

This week: the lyrics to Star Spangled Banner, interspersed with YouTube videos of Walmart on Black Friday. You know the tune.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


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5 Responses to Sale of the Centuries

  1. Robert e.main says:

    Forgive my ignorance from across the pond but I hadn’t really heard it until last year and it seems more and more it’s coming here with the likes of the big giants of Apple and amazon.

    I assume it’s like new year sale at Harrods but far less civil to one another. I think I heard right that a pregnant woman (well it ain’t likely to be a fella) suffered a miscarriage near the sale on the 42inch LED when she pushed to the fall. Makes me sad she was getting in baby essentials when this happened.

    I take in true Brit style they will start soon on Thursday

    • Well, Walmart have owned Asda for a few years now… so maybe not so far from home!

      Miscarriage? That’s crazy. Last year, I think, at least one person died in a Walmart stampede… watching these videos you can see why.

      Thanks for checking in, btw – always appreciate + look forward to your comments, Robert.

  2. Big Sis says:

    When I saw this on the news I was disgusted……so many people are in poverty, hungry, homeless, not with their loved ones etc and yet there are people like this ‘lot’ acting like greedy animals. Makes me ashamed of the human race……..

    • Low-income people trying to get a cheap flatscreen… I don’t know – sometimes maybe they’re just trying to do something nice for their families. Worse, for me, is giant corporations like Walmart whipping everyone up into a frenzy and getting crazy rich as a consequence. Walmart, especially, are known for many ethically dubious practices – treating their staff badly, exploiting cheap foreign labor, etc. (They also own Asda…)

  3. Mary says:

    Black Friday came to England for the first time, and I was tempted to visit Asda as I would like a food mixer and stand. Not being overly greedy, as my Philips hand held mixer is now about forty years old! yes, forty, and still going strong, but sadly I’m not so strong when it comes to mixing large quantities of dried fruit for a Christmas cake. I now consider myself very lucky I escaped the experience, as pictures on the tv showed equal pushing and appalling behaviour as seen in the states. It included a picture of a woman’s arm encased in plaster where it’d been broken in the stampede. This is one American tradition that can jolly well stay the other side of the Atlantic.

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