Love 'em or loathe'em, watching this clip leaves you in no doubt how much pride the Americans have in their flag and country, a stirring anthem goes a long way, at a parade in Paris a couple of years back to commemorate the end of WW2 I welled up just listening to hundreds of Parisians singing La Marseillaise, you would have to be made of stone to remain unmoved when you hear the band strike up and hundreds of voices begin to sing allons enfants de la patrie, le jour de gloire est arrivé. unfortunately the same cannot be said of the dirge that we have.
I couldn't agree more, Tom. No one is more patriotic than me. What's more I'm a Royalist and I don't care who knows it! But our National Anthem really should be changed. It IS a durge. There are so many good tunes out there, all uplifting and with strong connections with this country. 'Land of Hope and Glory!' 'I bow to thee my Country,' and, despite the name, 'Jerusalem.' I can remember a prize giving day at primary school when a French was hero, who was a friend of our headmaster, gave out the prizes. A few weeks prior to that we learned the French National Anthem and sang it in his honour on the day. We all belted it out with gusto!
I'm sure some of you out there will have your own favourites. Let's hear them!
You're right, Phil. I didn't think that one through properly. I've just gone through the words in my head and it is very 'England.'
'Rule Britania' would be a bit too imperialistic for this day and age, but if somoene could come up with some lyrics for some of the other Elgar clasics, or Walton etc., we could have a stirring National Anthem that we could all enjoy singing. I wonder what a referendum result on this subject would be.