Daily Trivia – 11/9/11

Question: In the movie Platoon, what does Taylor (Charlie Sheen) do when he sees his first dead body in the jungle?

A. Cry
B. Faint
C. Throw Up
D. Laugh


Last Question: What song do the townspeople sing just prior to being shot by the Russian and Cuban soldiers?

A. “Battle Hymn of the Republic”
B. “The Star-Spangled Banner”
C. “America the Beautiful”
D. “God Bless America”

Answer: C. “America the Beautiful”

Red Dawn takes place in Calumet, Colorado, and was about Russian and Cuban troops invading America, and the ragtag group who stood up to them, and did everything they could to stop them. In an emotional scene, the invaders executed a group of townspeople. But, in a rebellious act, they were singing “America the Beautiful” as they were being shot down.

The lyrics to “America the Beautiful” were written by Katharine Lee Bates, and Samuel A. Ward composed the music. In 1893, Bates, who was an English professor at Wellesley College, had taken a train trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to teach a short summer school session at Colorado College. On her trip on the way to Colorado, she was inspired, and wrote the poem. Several existing pieces of music were adapted to the poem. A hymn tune composed by Samuel A. Ward was generally considered the best music as early as 1910 and is still the popular tune today.

The song is one of the most beloved and popular of the many American patriotic songs. Occasionally, there is a proposal for “America the Beautiful to replace “The Star Spangled Banner” as the national anthem.

Here are the full lyrics of the song:

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for halcyon skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the enameled plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till souls wax fair as earth and air
And music-hearted sea!

O beautiful for pilgrims feet,
Whose stem impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till paths be wrought through
wilds of thought
By pilgrim foot and knee!

O beautiful for glory-tale
Of liberating strife
When once and twice,
for man’s avail
Men lavished precious life!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till nobler men keep once again
Thy whiter jubilee!

And here is the singer who sang one of the most popular versions. Here is “The Genuis” performing the song before a Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran boxing match in 1980:

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