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Old 14th Oct 2015, 18:01
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The point about anthems at sporting events is well made.

One thing I don't understand is quite why Wales and Scotland (and Northern Ireland? I don't know; they don't seem to do much as NI in the sporting world) get to bawl out their own anthems before kick-off while England persists with God Save the Queen, a UK-wide number.

Might I suggest that England instead whistles Colonel Bogey? Conveys all the right flavour of Englishness. A bit of jingoism, a bit of "up yours", and mercifully brief in the performance.
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Old 14th Oct 2015, 18:40
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for gawds sake hire a orchestra to play a backing forrem or get a proper Welsh Choir to sing it.
This is probably one of better versions.

https://youtu.be/9ETrr-XHBjE

Or better still, this one by Liz's finest.

https://youtu.be/xwrX-LN9-L0

Certainly better than any of those screeching pop stars.
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Old 14th Oct 2015, 19:06
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Of course if they make a arse of it they can always arrange to have their tits fall out.
For massed voices I lean more toward The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
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Of course if they make a arse of it they can always arrange to have their tits fall out.
For massed voices I lean more toward The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
That's a good song if you hail from North of the Mason Dixon Line, not so much south of it. But it is a good, rousing song when well performed.

I'd like to agree with the gent about the Russian national anthem: an all male chorus singing it with vigor is inspiring.
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Old 14th Oct 2015, 20:45
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Lesley Garrett did a pretty good job of mangling the British anthem following Mr. Wiggins Tour de France victory; BW's face was a picture😊
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Modern singers tend to sound good when their voice gets to your ears via half a million dollars worth of electronic kit.
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Old 14th Oct 2015, 21:17
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Originally Posted by TLDNMCL View Post
Lesley Garrett did a pretty good job of mangling the British anthem following Mr. Wiggins Tour de France victory; BW's face was a picture😊
Prob because he was expecting Belgian or Aussie one.
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Old 14th Oct 2015, 21:23
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Modern singers tend to sound good when

you've had a few drinks.
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Old 14th Oct 2015, 21:58
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This is pretty grim.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLe1...detailpage#t=3
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Modern singers tend to sound good when
.............you can't hear them

I've just listened to that RWC anthem you have all been complaining about. ( We have been spared that, our coverage coming via Sky, who use an orchestral version of the Anthem from the opening ceremony.)

I agree with all the comments, it is disgusting.
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Old 14th Oct 2015, 23:24
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Maybe we will get to see this again...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhCgcZ0efAA
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Old 15th Oct 2015, 03:27
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ALWAYS BEEN IMPRESSED BY THAT ONE

And the economy of the Kiwi's - one tune serves as the National Anthem and the national Defence policy.

MJG

P.S. I agree we'll be hearing it again week after next; hopefully along with another from the South Pacific.
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Old 15th Oct 2015, 04:12
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If you let John's link run on to the next song, you will hear our Hayley's version of "The World in Union".

Now that is how it should be sung.
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Old 15th Oct 2015, 07:24
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I don't like out UK anthem at all I am afraid, I would prefer something that referred to love and allegiance to my country rather than a German granny but I hope to god it never gets the US treatment .
I agree. I dislike our anthem as well. I suggest: Land of Hope and Glory for the UK; Jerusalem for England; The Welsh Mae Hen Glad F'yn Hadau needs no alteration, it's so emotional; Scotland, on the other hand, needs to find something other than that frightful Corries' dirge, Flower of Scotland, but I don't know what. There are any number of stirring melodies associated with Scotland but the words need to be penned. For Northern Ireland I am likewise bereft.

I also dislike the modern habit of clutching the chest while singing. Why? It's not necessary; let the music do the talking.
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Old 15th Oct 2015, 07:31
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I also dislike the modern habit of clutching the chest while singing. Why? It's not necessary; let the music do the talking.
Isn't that another crass habit we've inherited from the USA (to add to Halloween, Black Friday and Fathers Day)!
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Old 15th Oct 2015, 07:45
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Originally Posted by sadhatmo
bawdy drinking songs - surely there is no other way
When the tune comes from a London men's club drinking song, then surely the only way it should be sung is by a group of drunken men? (Preferably even, Londoners?!!) Maybe those 'celebs' who mangle it the way they do are trying to copy this? Maybe copious amounts of alcohol should be imbibed before those attempts to assist with the authenticity?

Isn't it hilarious to think that during those years of prohibition the national anthem sung at the time had the tune from a drinking song?!!!
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I also dislike the modern habit of clutching the chest while singing. Why? It's not necessary; let the music do the talking.
Another point that really gets me going when watching national anthems played at sporting events, sorry but mainly when they play the American anthem.

Why the [email protected]@k can some people not stand still, you see the veterans graciously standing to attention saluting the anthem then cameras scan around and all you see are people swaying/turning around waving their arms about
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Another thumbs down for "Flower of Scotland". Scraping the barrel if you have to go back 700 years to find something to sing about! If they are going to carry on singing about sending "proud Edward home to think again", I think we ought to just skip to the verse in the national anthem which goes

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 Queen (King in the original).

Singing about the '45 rebellion is current affairs in comparison with Bannockburn!
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Old 15th Oct 2015, 10:44
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Bloody hell! After that pompous formality, gi' me a bunch o' rabble Scots singin' Floor o' Sco'land ony dae!!
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