Nobody asked me, but the University of Maryland marching band has done us a great service with its decision to stop performing "Maryland, My Maryland." The lyrics to the state song were written during the Civil War by a Southern sympathizer who became a Confederate Navy man. The song refers to "Northern scum" and to Lincoln as a "despot" and "tyrant." It has been called "the 'Marseillaise' of the Confederacy" and "a despicable Confederate fight song dripping with hate." It was adopted as the state song in the time of Jim Crow and during a decade, the 1930s, when lynchings were still occurring in Maryland. Plus, the tune is "O Tannenbaum," so it's a ripoff that confuses people from sea to shining sea. ("Why are they singing, 'Oh, Christmas Tree,' during the Preakness?") Enough. Begone.