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Spain's National Anthem to Get Lyrics

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Spain's anthem dates back to the 1700s, but it never had lyrics. The Spanish Olympic Committee is looking to 2008 and wants to change that. Some lawmakers Monday called for lyrics to be written by the end of summer. So Spain's Olympic athletes will be able to do more than just hum along when their anthem is played.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. Hard as it is to hit the notes on...

(Singing) ...the rocket's red glare.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

(Singing) And the rocket's red glare.

MONTAGNE: Pity the poor Spaniard who has nothing to sing. Spain's anthem dates back to the 1700s, but it never had lyrics. The Spanish Olympic Committee is looking to 2008 and wants to change that. Yesterday some lawmakers called for lyrics to be written by the end of the summer, so Spain's Olympic athletes will be able to do more than just hum along.

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