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The new English anthem. What shall it be?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by grumpydogwoman, Jan 5, 2016.


Which is best?

  1. Rule Britannia

    0 vote(s)
  2. There'll always be an England

    1 vote(s)
  3. Hearts of Oak

    0 vote(s)
  4. Jerusalem

    13 vote(s)
  5. A N Other (please name)

    3 vote(s)
  1. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Thanks to @lapinrose for the first 3 suggestions.
  2. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

  3. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Very upbeat track and the Quo are definitely English. Would make a great start to a sporting event.

    OK, I can't amend the poll at this point but feel free to vote for the Quo, everyone.
  4. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    Rockin' ALL OVER the world? Might be a bit imperialistic for contemporary taste...we'll see.
    aspensquiver_2 likes this.
  5. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Not sure that tossing your hair around to loud music is exactly 'imperialistic' in the usual sense of the word but it may show a global ambition to holiday in lots of places, I guess.
  6. Spiritwalkerness

    Spiritwalkerness Star commenter

    Billy Connolly has his own thoughts
    Burndenpark likes this.
  7. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    John Cage's 4'33" would be my choice.
    Spiritwalkerness likes this.
  8. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    I've voted for Jerusalem because I love the words and the tune, and it inspires the correct level of emotion and pride. I like the way it encourages us to be better, do better, improve things for everyone in the country, as was Blake's intention. I suspect however that the phrases "Holy Lamb of God" and "Countenance divine" will render it too Christian for our multicultural times; and from my childhood, Jreusalem has seldom appeared in the news in anything but a negative context. I used to wonder, when we sang it at school, why anyone would want their own country to resemble a war zone full of people who hate each other.
    coffeekid and Dragonlady30 like this.
  9. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    You beat me to it!
  10. Burndenpark

    Burndenpark Star commenter

    Failing that Jerusalem
  11. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    Are you being funny, artboy?!
    (I am not Englerlish either...)
  12. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    This might appeal to those with a little Englisher mentality. Lol
  13. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    But you are Welsh? Strange...
  14. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Anything that isn't warbled by Jenkins would be good. ;)
  15. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    What about yet another religious number which many seem to have already adopted - Swing Low Sweet Chariot?!
    I think it's about death.
  16. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    Oh yeah.
  17. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    If you're going to be at all martial about it might as well go the whole hog, good sing-along chorus too

    Jerusalem has the disadvantage of its name, maybe it could be changed to "Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem".
    magic surf bus likes this.
  18. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I'd rather retain that as a purely rugby-based anthem
    Dragonlady30 likes this.
  19. cuteinpuce

    cuteinpuce Star commenter

    I like The Land Song.

    Clear the way for liberty, the land must all be free,
    Britons will not falter in the fight tho' stern it be.
    'Til the flag we love so well shall wave from sea to sea,
    O'er the land that's free for the people.

    I'll drink to that!
  20. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Oh, now that's a great song @Mangleworzle

    Drink a barrel? Of pure English spring water, I hope. We can't be seen to advocate insobriety. We are English and renowned for our good behaviour, are we not?

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