Monday, February 7, 2011

Sing along if you know the words!

Ask any Brit and they will unfalteringly tell you the words to the British National anthem…. Well, the first verse at least. Being sensible about it, we rarely sing any other verse. I didn’t even know until I just looked it up that there are in fact five verses. Given that it is mostly sung drunk at football matches it is sensible to stick to a roaring rendition of the first verse.
Here is another verse:

O Lord our God arise,
Scatter her enemies
And make them fall;
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On Thee our hopes we fix,
God save us all!

Familiar? Thought not! Try singing it to the tune… Can’t do it? It doesn’t matter! It is never expected of you!
It is not so simple with the American Anthem. Wordy! It repeats one line at the end of each verse (O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?) but the penultimate line changes ever so slightly each time. Tricky! As for the rest - it is not exactly memorable. It isn’t even particularly catchy.  Nice tune but what the bloody hell are the words? Americans are very patriotic. They are expected to know (and love) the words! They have full size flag poles in their gardens (seriously) waving the American flag. They not only sing the National Anthem at major events, they accompany it with a military fly-by! Like many anthems it has military connotations. Written as a poem about the British bombardment of a Military fort in 1812, I guess it was never meant to be sung.
The British may have lost that war but they had a bit of a giggle at America’s expense last night when poor Christina Aguilera fluffed the lines of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at the Super Bowl. I went to a Super Bowl party and it seems to be the only bit of the Super Bowl that anyone watched and NO ONE noticed the wrong words. This could be because the men were too busy looking at her tits or because they didn’t know the correct words. I suspect it was a combination of the two!
What I find really funny is that ‘The star spangled Banner’ is set to an old popular British drinking song! Perhaps if Christina had had a few she might have remembered the lines. As it is, 199 years after the event, the complicated rendition of the "Defence of Fort McHenry” was too much. And the Super Bowl? Two hours in, I left to put the kiddies to bed. I had no idea who was winning, what the score was or indeed, who was playing. No one else seemed to care too much either!

Possibly the correct words to the Anthem…but who knows!
The Star Spangled Banner

Oh, say! can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming;
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:
Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In fully glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution!
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust":
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


  1. I only knew she messed up when I saw it on the news. And I think I might have accidently looked at her tits

  2. At least she didn't get hers out like Janet Jackson at the 2004 Super Bowl! That is worse than forgetting your words to the 'Star Spangled Banner' but I'm sure both are capital offences in America!!!

  3. Did'nt see it , but I think the whole world saw her tits and that her words were fluffed. What was noticed first? It had to be her Tits, no one knows the words here.The game was shown on BBC late last night. I only know the first verse of our antham. What old drinking song is it set to , maybe i know it!!

  4. Well I wouldn't have minded, they did seem to have grown somewhat! lol

  5. didnt watch it and wasnt going to until all the references to Christina's tits - will google it now
    dont forget verse 6 of ours says
    Lord grant that Marshal Wade
    May by thy mighty aid
    Victory bring
    May he sedition hush
    And like a torrent rush
    Rebellious Scots to crush
    God save the King

    dont tell the americans that we are anti scot!


  6. Dont get too excited - they are covered up - it was Janet that got them out in 2004!
    I think we try to keep that verse very quiet! I din't know about that one! I think that would also be a capital offence in America - You cant dis the scots!

  7. ok seen it now - nothing to write home about?

  8. They're debating it on UK radio now!!!!!!!!!!!. The wrong words that is, not the tits.

  9. I think the 'groupon' ad using the plight of Tibetan Monks to sell money off coupons should be more of a focus for the world!
    Were they wondering what all the fuss was about on UK radio? I should have tuned in yesterday to the BBC!