In the Leicester Mercury the Devil’s Advocate argues the case against God Save the Queen.
Dr Chris Harwood is a psychologist from Loughborough University. He knows all about the effects music can have on the sporting psyche.
“Music before a sporting event can play a part in getting the athletes and crowd ready for the game,” he says.
“God Save the Queen is – how can I say this – very consistent. The tempo and melody is the same throughout the song.”
What we need instead, suggests Dr Harwood, is something which rouses to a galvanising, stirring climax; something to fire you up.
What we want, he says, is a tune with a bold rhythm; a song with qualities that represent the toil of the forthcoming battle.
“I would agree that God Save the Queen, from a musical point of view, is not very inspiring,” he says.
“The tempo and melody are simply not very good. I would have thought Land of Hope and Glory and/or Jerusalem are lyrically more suitable and musically more inspiring.”
The Advocate concludes with a statement that is not so far away from the thinking behind this site.
Is it too much to ask that we drop this irrelevant, tuneless, dumb and offensive piece of music for something that actually works: a tune that represents England, all that’s great to be English – and something which gets the hairs on the back of your neck standing to attention when it’s given a public outing?
Everyone knows the Devil has the best tunes.
This Devil wouldn’t object to Jerusalem. That would do. Land of Hope and Glory? Yep, we’d settle for that, too.
We’d even swap it for Don’t Stop Me Now, by Queen, or Gercha, by those stalwarts of Englishness, Chas and Dave. It can’t be any worse than what we have at the minute.
But we have to move quickly. There’s a World Cup looming. And if we’re stuck with this dreadful old dog of a song, then God Save The Team.