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Some version of this should really be our national anthem, IMO...

... and a reminder...

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can't be the anthem... mentions god. though honestly it talks about nature rather then blwoign stuff up, which probably makes it a better unity song...

Our anthem does not talk about "blowing stuff up".

It's about the flag still flying after a night of the siege of Ft. McHenry in Baltimore, MD.


My major problem with it (other than it being hard to sing) is that it is more about our flag than about our country. Sort of goes hand-in-hand with the kind of idolatry that the anti-flag-burning types can practice.

Arguably, given many of our Founding Fathers, the "God" here could count as the "Nature's God" of Deism. Or, for that matter: JHVH, Al'lah, Brahman, Bondye, Oludumare, Wakan Tanka, Tengri, Mystery, etc. It would be nice to reclaim the word "God" from Christianity.

However, yes, as it stands it wouldn't be good. That's why I said "some version".

Nice version of the song, and I would FAR rather have it as the national anthem than "The Star-Spangled Banner", based solely on singability by the average person. "America the Beautiful" is my second choice, though - it's not as pretty, but my vote for replacement national anthem still goes to "This Land is Your Land". I just think an anthem written by a guy who protested social injustices is a good idea.

I thought of "This Land Is Your Land", but too many right-wingers still think of Woody Guthrie as a Commie...

I like the Ray Charles version better but yeah agree.. I like this song way better than the SSB.

Edited at 2008-07-06 08:04 am (UTC)

Yeah, I love his voice and music... it's just that his version (the one I could find) seems to start with the stuff about heroes and fighting wars. Not the message I wanted.

We have a fine national anthem...

{Stan Freeberg voice} but nobody sings the riight wooordssss! {/stan freeberg}

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 wou'd be;
When this Answer arriv'd from the JOLLY OLD GRECIAN
"Voice, Fiddle, and Flute,
"No longer be mute,
"I'll lend you my Name and inspire you to boot,
"And, besides, I'll instruct you like me, to intwine
"The Myrtle of VENUS with BACCHUS's Vine.
The news through OLYMPUS immediately flew;
When OLD THUNDER pretended to give himself Airs_
If these Mortals are suffer'd 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,
"And there, with good Fellows, we'll learn to intwine
"The Myrtle of VENUS with BACCHUS'S Vine.
"The YELLOW-HAIR'D 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 Desart will be
"My Thunder, no fear on't,
"Shall soon do it's Errand,
"And, dam'me! I'll swinge the Ringleaders I warrant,
"I'll trim the young Dogs, for thus daring to twine
"The Myrtle of VENUS with BACCHUS'S Vine.
APOLLO rose up; and said, "Pr'ythee ne'er quarrel,
"Good King of the Gods with my Vot'ries below:
"Your Thunder is useless_then, shewing 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,
"Whilst snug in their Club-Room, they Jovially twine
"The Myrtle of VENUS with BACCHUS'S Vine.
Next MOMUS got up, with his risible Phiz,
And swore with APOLLO he'd cheerfull join_
"The full Tide of Harmony still shall be his,
"But the Song, and the Catch, & the Laugh shall bemine
"Then, JOVE, be not jealous
Of these honest Fellows,
Cry'd JOVE, "We relent, since the Truth you now tell us;
"And swear, by OLD STYX, that they long shall entwine
"The Myrtle of VENUS with BACCHUS'S Vine.
Ye Sons of ANACREON, then, join Hand in Hand;
Preserve Unanimity, Friendship, and Love!
'Tis your's 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!
And long may the Sons of ANACREON intwine
The Myrtle of VENUS with BACCHUS'S Vine.

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