I learned the US Pledge of Allegiance as a kindergartner. At first it was just syllables in a certain order. Later it became words in a certain order By the end of college, I started to consider what the syllables and words meant, especially when considering the McCarthy era, and Vietnam. When I teach, it is still just syllables in a particular order to kids before the 3rd year of high school. At least Hatikvah is singable. The original melody for the Star Spangled Banner is 'Anacreon in Heaven,' an English bar song with a nearly impossible range required.
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