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James Taylor sang the Star Spangled Banner prior to Game 2 of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals last night.

Eventually, that is.

But the veteran artist initially thought he was on hand to belt out a version of "America the Beautiful," getting a couple of words into that ode to this great nation before course-correcting and serenading fans at Fenway Park with the national anthem.

James Taylor Messes Up The National Anthem

It could have been a whole lot worse, of course. Taylor could have pulled a Christina Aguilera and forgotten the national anthem lyrics at the Super Bowl. Or he could have sang it like Steven Tyler.

In the end, following the awkward start, Taylor did a very fine job.