At the World Series opener, the singer of the national anthem mixes up the lyrics

Before Friday night’s World Series opener between Houston and Philadelphia, Grammy-nominated singer Eric Burton lost track of the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The singer of the national anthem at the World Series opener muddles the lyrics

The singer of the national anthem at the World Series opener muddles the lyrics
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Before Friday night’s World Series opener between Houston and Philadelphia, Grammy-nominated singer Eric Burton lost track of the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

With players and staff lining up on the field for the traditional pre-game ceremony and a massive American flag draped across the outfield, the Black Pumas bandleader got off track on the second line.

Instead of “gleaming,” he sang, “What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last streaming.”

“Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,” he correctly continued.”

However, instead of singing “O’er the ramparts we watched’d were so gallantly streaming?” he reverted to “What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last” before singing “streaming” instead of “gleaming.”

Burton then correctly picked up with “And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air” and finished without incident.

Burton managed to perform at President Joe Biden’s inaugural ceremony last year.