Oops! Singer forgets words to national anthem
Aaron Lewis has apologized for botching the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner." It happened during his performance before Game 5 of the baseball World Series.
The lead singer of the metal band Staind turned country singer published his apology note on his website Monday. The night before, in San Francisco, he stumbled during his rendition of the national anthem.
After starting with "O say can you see by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hailed," Lewis diverted from the lyrics. Instead of singing "at the twilight's last gleaming" he sang "were so gallantly streaming." Those words appear later in the song.
"All I can say is I'm sorry and ask for the Nation's forgiveness. My nerves got the best of me and I am completely torn up about what happened," he wrote. "America is the greatest country in the world.
"The Star-Spangled Banner means so much to so many, including myself. I hope everyone can understand the intensity of the situation and my true intent of this performance. I hope that the Nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me."
Critical thinking challenge: Everyone makes mistakes. How did Aaron Lewis handle his mistake?