Yesterday evening, before the first game of the 2011 World Series, Scotty McCreery sang the national anthem. He started out fine:
But in the next-to-last line (of the first verse, the only verse normally performed on such occasions), he did something odd:
What should have been
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
seems to have become
No Jose does that star-spangled banner yet wave
This must be connected with the old joke (I first heard on the playground in the first grade) about a Latino kid who went to his first baseball game in the U.S., and when his friends asked him how it was, responded that Americans are very considerate, because before the game they all stood up and sang a song to ask him "Jose can you see?". Similar childhood memories seem to have subverted Mr. McCreery's lyric recall, perhaps because he was rattled by an earlier microphone malfunction.
Here's the whole thing: