*In a fur coat and pom-pom hat supporting her hometown Detroit Lions, Aretha Franklin sat at a piano in Ford Field before her team’s Thanksgiving Day game against the Vikings and delivered what just might be the longest national anthem in history.
The song usually takes about 2 minutes to sing. Aretha’s lasted approximately 4 minutes and 35 glorious seconds – as any Aretha version of the Star Spangled Banner should…right?
While Twitter pretty much agreed that the 74-year-old Queen of Soul slayed the vocals, the extended, jazzed-up, run-infused, 12-inch remix of it all became fodder for folks online.
Twitter couldn’t help itself:
Mom: Can u go to the store and buy some milk?
Me: I can’t the game is about to start
Aretha Franklin: I got u fam
— Victor Martinez (@fakevmart41) November 24, 2016
I was able to do all my Christmas shopping while Aretha sang the national anthem #happythanksgiving
— Strombone (@strombone1) November 24, 2016
Kaepernick would’ve developed arthritis in his knee for kneeling so long if the 49ers were playing while Aretha Franklin sang the anthem
— Brock (@BrockOgami) November 24, 2016
Delay of game: Aretha Franklin
— TheMachine (@MachinesPicks) November 24, 2016
Detroit vs Minnesota time of possession stats
Lions: 3 minutes
Vikings: 0 minutes
Aretha Franklin: 8 minutes
— Kevin Jost (@kjoster19) November 24, 2016
Bad news: Football is cancelled
Good news: 13-hour Aretha Franklin concert. Leave it on through dinner. Everybody will love it.
— The Ringer (@ringer) November 24, 2016
Even the NFL RedZone guy had something to say:
My turkey fully cooked during that anthem. 🇺🇸
— Scott Hanson (@ScottHanson) November 24, 2016
Grab an energy bar and watch the full performance below: