It happens to the best of us, right? We’re ready to sing a song or recite something we’ve done a million times and know by heart, only to have a brain fart. This happened to James Taylor on Thursday when he sang the national anthem at Game 2 of the World Series in Boston. Taylor momentarily forgot which song he was supposed to be singing. Watch the flub below.
“Oh, beautiful…,” Taylor began instead of starting with “Oh, say can you see.” Whoops, a case of confusing patriotic songs. After accidentally launching into “America the Beautiful” instead of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Taylor quickly recovered and otherwise pulled off the national anthem without a hitch. Taylor was singing “America the Beautiful” during the seventh inning stretch, which explains why he started off with a couple words from the wrong song.
Messing up the national anthem in front of millions of people would cause many musicians to have an “oh, crap” moment and force them to start over, but not James Taylor. He changed to the right song so quickly that you almost didn’t realize he made a mistake. If you’re going to mess up, that’s how you do it.
While most folks are usually quick to be very critical of anyone who messes up the national anthem, most people were very understanding of Taylor’s mistake:
@JamesTaylor_com what a true professional u r. Start out rough but change course gracefully re national Anthem
— G hall (@ghall56) October 26, 2013
The song america starts Oh say can u see-,America the beautiful starts oh beautiful-,in reguard to James Taylor anyone can make that mistake
— Dewitt (@DewittDixon) October 26, 2013
Taylor, a Boston native, was happy to be at Fenway Park singing at the World Series. “It’s been a hard year for Boston,” Taylor said, referring to the Marathon bombings. “I’m glad I can do this. I’ve been struck by how personally everyone in the city responded and how much it made us feel like a community.”[Image via YouTube]