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Doing a Dance Number to the Star Spangled Banner Could Cost You $100

The great Commonwealth of Massachusetts, everyone. I didn’t write the law, but here it is:

Section 9. Whoever plays, sings or renders the “Star Spangled Banner” in any public place, theatre, motion picture hall, restaurant or café, or at any public entertainment, other than as a whole and separate composition or number, without embellishment or addition in the way of national or other melodies, or whoever plays, sings or renders the “Star Spangled Banner”, or any part thereof, as dance music, as an exit march or as a part of a medley of any kind, shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars.

We probably should have had a collection at the door of the Banshee on Monday…

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