Space Force, the sixth and newest branch of the US military, unveiled its official song on Tuesday amid a less than stellar critical response.
As one website dedicated to covering the US Armed Forces put it: “It’s not a banger.”
The Space Force was created in 2019 from the United States Air Force at the request of Donald Trump’s White House.
Critics questioned whether the new force was necessary. Ads including the badge and uniform (like badges and uniforms in Star Trek) and the names of service members (Guardians) sparked controversy, mockery and a satirical Netflix series starring Steve Carell.
But Trump seemed proud, telling writers Peter Baker and Susan Glasser – who have written a new book about his presidency, for example – that founding Space Force was one of his greatest accomplishments in office.
The United States Army has a tradition of official songs, from The Marine’s Hymn (adopted in 1929, beginning “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli / We fight our country’s battles / In the air, on land and sea”) to The Army Rolls, from 1956.
The new song, Semper Supra – taken from the Space Force motto: Always Above – was unveiled by General John “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, at a conference in National Harbor, Maryland.
Military.com, the site that said the new song was “not a banger,” reported that Space Force used John Philip Sousa’s 1901 march The Invincible Eagle as a stopgap while writing the song. new song.
Semper Supra is set to an upbeat tune reminiscent of The Liberty Bell, another Sousa march, from 1893 but now widely known as the theme for the British comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
US Coast Guard Band chief musician Sean Nelson worked on the music for the song Space Force. The lyrics were written by Jamie Teachenor, a country music songwriter and member of the US Air Force Band.
Nelson said, “I went in and made what I thought was the most exciting kind of sound.”
Teachenor added, “I wanted to make sure that everything in the song would adequately represent all of the capabilities that our Space Force is involved in and to make sure that I didn’t spoil the mission.”
Teachenor’s words are: “We are the mighty watchful eye / The guardians beyond the blue / The invisible front line / The brave and faithful fighters.
“Go boldly into space / There’s no limit to our skies / Stand guard day and night / We’re the Space Force from above.”
Critical response has been mixed at best. The editor of Defense One, a military news site, Kevin Baron, wrote: “Air is a good walk. The lyrics are horrible.
“Grammatically, I’m dying to edit: you’re not the ‘invisible’ front line. The CIA is. We literally see you singing this song. ‘Warfighter’ is NOT A WORD. “Both” is redundant. Hit him.
“’Boldly’ steals Star Trek (again). And how can one boldly “reach space” without going there? There is a “limit to our sky”. It’s called space. The sky is ending. Space begins. These lyrics are the verbal version of a bad Air Force painting.