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Ohhhhhhhhh Canada


By Fred Wallace


Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".

I know I've told this story before in this segment, but I was reminded of it last weekend when the Raptors played the Nets at Brooklyn in the NBA.

A Broadway performer came out prior to the game and belted out " O Canada ", but mangled the lyrics.

Amber Iman, the performer in question, sang ``O Canada,... we sing our hearts for thee " as opposed to, ``O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.''

Naturally there was both disgust and merriment at the botched anthem.

Immediately, I flashed back to an Attack game at Saginaw years ago when, again, a performer in a musical at the Saginaw theatre was given the duties of singing the National Anthems.

In the case of the Saginaw singer, the kid got the words to " O Canada " perfect, in fact he was holding cue cards..............the problem was he didn't know the tune.

So thinking quickly, he sang the words to " O Canada " that were on his cue cards but he sang them to the tune of the " Star Spangled Banner. "

The crazy thing is, he nearly made it work.

Try it.

I laughed that night. Still do.

And every time someone mangles " O Canada ", I immediately flashback to the Star Spangled Canada version at Saginaw.

I'm Fred Wallace

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