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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 01:49 PM
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My Country T'is Of Thee is sung to the to the tune of God Save the Queen
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anitar1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 01:51 PM
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1. Were you not aware of that? n/t
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pepperbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 01:53 PM
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2. I think the point is...
who cares if the National Anthem is sung in Spanish?
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 01:54 PM
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4. Yeppers.
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 01:54 PM
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3. The National Anthem is set to the tune of an old drinking song
To Anacreon in Heav'n

To Anacreon in Heav'n,
Where he sat in full glee,
A few Sons of Harmony
Sent a petition
That he their Inspirer
And Patron would be;
When this answer arrived
From the Jolly Old Grecian:
"Voice, Fiddle, and Flute,
No longer be mute,
I'll lend you my name
And inspire you to boot,

Chorus:

And besides I'll instruct you,
Like me, to intwine
The Myrtle of Venus
With Bacchus's Vine."

II.

The news through Olympus
Immediately flew;
When Old Thunder pretended
To give himself airs.
"If these Mortals are suffered
Their scheme to pursue,
The devil a Goddess,
Will stay above stairs.
Hark, already they cry,
In transports of joy,
'Away to the Sons
Of Anacreon we'll fly,

Chorus:

And there with good fellows,
We'll learn to intwine
The Myrtle of Venus
With Bacchus' Vine.

III.

"The Yellow-Haired God
And his nine fusty Maids
From Helicon's banks
Will incontinent flee,
Idalia will boast
But of tenantless shades,
And the bi-forked hill
A mere desert will be.
My Thunder no fear on't,
Shall soon do its errand,
And dam'me I'll swing
The Ringleaders I warrant.

Chorus:

I'll trim the young dogs,
For thus daring to twine
The Myrtle of Venus
With Bacchus's Vine."

IV.

Apollo rose up,
And said, "Pry'thee ne'er quarrel,
Good King of the Gods,
With My Vot'ries below:
Your Thunder is useless"--
Then showing his laurel,
Cry'd "Sic evitabile
Fulmen, you know!
Then over each head,
My laurels I'll spread,
So my sons from your Crackers
No mischief shall dread,

Chorus:

While, snug in their clubroom,
They jovially twine
The Myrtle of Venus
With Bacchus's Vine."

V.

Next Momus got up
With his risible Phiz
And swore with Apollo
He'd cheerfully join --
"The full tide of Harmony
Still shall be his,
But the Song, and the Catch,
And the Laugh shall be mine.
Then, Jove, be not jealous
Of these honest fellows."
Cry'd Jove, "We relent,
Since the truth you now tell us:

Chorus:

And swear by Old Styx,
That they long shall intwine
The Myrtle of Venus
With Bacchus's Vine."

VI.

Ye Sons of Anacreon,
Then join hand in hand;
Preserve Unanimity,
Friendship, and Love!
'Tis yours to support
What's so happily plann'd;
You've the sanction of Gods,
And the Fiat of Jove.
While thus we agree,
Our toast let it be:
"May our Club flourish Happy,
United, and Free!

Chorus:

And long may the Sons
Of Anacreon intwine
The Myrtle of Venus
With Bacchus's Vine."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Anacreon_in_Heaven
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Rufus T. Firefly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 01:57 PM
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5. As hard as the anthem is to sing,
Can you imagine a bunch of drunk Englishmen singing to that tune?
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 02:05 PM
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6. LOL, No, I can't
I've tried to sing these lyrics sober, with little luck...
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chefgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 02:47 PM
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7. I hear ya
I agree with 'who cares what language they sing it in' basically.

My question is, because I havent seen a translation yet, is it a respectful interpretation of the National Anthem?

If they haven't changed the words around anymore than necessary for grammar's sake, then sing it in whatever language floats your boat.

If, however, the words have been changed in such a way that its initial meaning has been changed, then, I have to admit, I would have a problem with that.

Just sayin'

-chef-
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OnionPatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 03:04 PM
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8. You're right! And why aren't the British
Highly insulted and angry at us?

People who get angry at something so stupid are just vengeful and petty and are just looking for a reason to be hateful. I'm amazed at this. How much more petty could they be?
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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 03:08 PM
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9. Try this to that tune:
Owa Tagu, Siam

Over and over to the end. Positively enthralling!!!

:hi:
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