Land of Hope and Glory

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  1. Queso macrumors G4

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    It was on BBC News this morning that 51% of the population of England now want English sports teams to take the field to Land of Hope and Glory rather than God Save the Queen (the British National Anthem for those that don't know).

    It's an idea that I totally agree with, as I find it ridiculous that the English anthem isn't used, and it's actually a little embarrassing when we're playing another one of the Home Nations. However, a quick straw poll of colleagues in the office reveals that I appear to be the only one here that knows the Land of Hope and Glory words (although virtually everyone knows both verses of Jerusalem).

    What do you think? Time to sing like an Englishman similar to how the Scottish and Welsh can, or are you happy with the current arrangements?
     
  2. Takumi macrumors regular

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    find an australian that can remember both verses to the Aussie Anthum

    Whne you do let me know

    Takumi
     
  3. mpw Guest

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    Not English, but British.

    I make a point of not singing the anthem based on the fact that there is no God and should be no Queen. Hope and Glory are good, positive concepts so I wouldn't have a problem singing words based on those, but I'm not familiar so don't hold me to it.
     
  4. Queso thread starter macrumors G4

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    Doesn't it start "Once a jolly swagman..." :D
     
  5. Takumi macrumors regular

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    I wish
     
  6. skunk macrumors G4

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    Glory usually comes at somebody else's expense, and it sounds a bit too, well, French...

    Maybe it's your proximity to the coast of France.
    :)
     
  7. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I think I'm right in saying that England doesn't actually have an official anthem of it's own – hence God Save The Queen being used for events like football internationals, while the England team at the Commonwealth Games plumps for Land Of Hope And Glory. I agree entirely though – it's a situation that should be rectified and I think Land Of Hope And Glory would make a fine anthem.

    In saying that, I remember a comedian (I can't think who exactly though) doing a skit where he suggested that we should adopt an existing tune associated with Englishness for our anthem, and select the most uplifting, upbeat one we could find. His suggestion was the theme to The Archers. I can imagine Beckham and company lining up to that one in Germany this summer. :D
     
  8. mcmadhatter macrumors 6502

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    I agree, Land of Hope and Glory for sporting events, (shame we can't have rule brittania really)
     
  9. skunk macrumors G4

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    It's Britannia. As for "ruling the waves", that's a little out of date, isn't it?
     
  10. Queso thread starter macrumors G4

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    That was Billy Connelly wasn't it? Very funny routine :D
     
  11. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I've just Googled it up and you're spot on – although I'm not convinced we should be taking the advice of a Scot on this issue... ;)
     
  12. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    Better yet, find an American who knows there is more than once verse to the Star Spangled Banner, to say nothing of remembering all the words to the first verse.

    [Eddie] ...with fish in the sky...and a big monkey pie... [/Eddie]
     
  13. Queso thread starter macrumors G4

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    We still rule lots of waves. In The Wash......the Bristol Channel......the Thames Estuary.......Newquay Beach.....:p
     
  14. Kernow macrumors 65816

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    Ooh I don't know - last time I was there, the Australians were mounting a fairly stiff challenge.

    Is there a big audience for transvestite comedians in Alabama? :p ;)
     
  15. Chundles macrumors G4

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    OK, you asked for it. Problem is in this day and age nobody can prove I didn't google this. I assure you I didn't. 2 verses? I think not young person.

    Australians all let us rejoice,
    For we are young and free;
    We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
    Our home is girt by sea; (seriously, we need to change the word "girt," it's stupid.
    Our land abounds in Nature's gifts
    Of beauty rich and rare;
    In history's page, let every stage
    Advance Australia fair!
    In joyful strains then let us sing,
    "Advance Australia fair!"

    When gallant Cook from Albion sail'd,
    To trace wide oceans o'er,
    True British courage bore him on,
    Till he landed on our shore.
    Then here he raised Old England's flag,
    The standard of the brave;
    With all her faults we love her still,
    "Brittannia rules the wave!"
    In joyful strains then let us sing
    "Advance Australia fair!"

    Beneath our radiant southern Cross,
    We'll toil with hearts and hands;
    To make this Commonwealth of ours
    Renowned of all the lands;
    For those who've come across the seas
    We've boundless plains to share;
    With courage let us all combine
    To advance Australia fair.
    In joyful strains then let us sing
    "Advance Australia fair!"

    While other nations of the globe
    Behold us from afar,
    We'll rise to high renown and shine
    Like our glorious southern star;
    From England, Scotia, Erin's Isle,
    Who come our lot to share,
    Let all combine with heart and hand
    To advance Australia fair!
    In joyful strains then let us sing
    "Advance Australia fair!"

    Shou'd foreign foe e'er sight our coast,
    Or dare a foot to land,
    We'll rouse to arms like sires of yore
    To guard our native strand;
    Brittannia then shall surely know,
    Beyond wide ocean's roll,
    Her sons in fair Australia's land
    Still keep a British soul.
    In joyful strains the let us sing
    "Advance Australia fair!"


    Yeah, so there. Dead set shocking anthem, Waltzing Matilda would've been so much better. Of course to be replaced with Men at Work's "Down Under." Every national anthem should contain the words "travelling in a fried-out Combi."
     
  16. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    Well I am university educated, so I'm a bit ahead of the curve compared to most here. Plus I just think he's damn funny.
     

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