Sometimes the classics are the hardest to sing, as icon Tony Bennett found out Monday during the seventh inning stretch of the San Francisco Giants-Washington Nationals playoff game.
Belting out “God Bless America,” 88-year-old Bennett took poetic license with some of the lyrics.
Instead of “to the oceans, white with foam,” the legend sang “to the oceans, bright with gold.”
Twitter lit up with both praise and condemnation for botching one of America’s most beloved songs.
Look, if Tony Bennett says those are the words, THOSE ARE THE WORDS.
— Erik Malinowski (@erikmal) October 6, 2014
Hey, Tony Bennett can sing whatever lyrics he wants. — Peter Botte (@PeterBotte) October 6, 2014
Only Tony Bennett could botch the lyrics to God Bless America and still look cool.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) October 6, 2014
“to the Oceans ripe with GOOOOOLD” *Giants don’t win WS for next 98 years* We just saw the start of the Curse of the Tony Bennett — Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) October 6, 2014
Maybe it wasn’t so bad after all, according to these tweets:
Bob Hope sang “Thanks for the Memories” at the last game in Memorial Stadium in Cleveland in 1993. Messed up words. He got a pass too. — Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) October 6, 2014
Tony Bennett messed up the words to “God Bless America.” Twitter has decided that’s OK because he’s Tony Bennett. Go about your lives. — Big League Stew (@bigleaguestew) October 6, 2014
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