I can think of 10 good reasons: 1. It was originally called, "Defence of Fort McHenry" 2. It was penned in the method of "Anacreon Style" associated with Drinking and drunken songs, to be sung as monody (single person) and not chorus. 3. Its tune is stolen from an English drinking song named "The Anacreontic Song" 4. It was written in irony, by a lawyer, without any musical training, using an English tune who we were at war with at the time. 5. The Battle for Fort McHenry,was not a victory, but a draw, it did not decide the fate of the war. 6. It had 4 stanza's not just 1, as it is sung today. 7. The tune carries notes spanning 1 and 1/2 octaves, a feat many professional singers could not carry, not to mention average people. 8. There are several organizations, who will intentionally, not stand, for the playing of the, "National Anthem". Their reasons are not all the same, some because it does not convey America's goodness and its qualities..