Did this make you proud to be English or British?
At least the booing of both the British and Scottish anthems caused some discussion.
Why din’t the English join in with the Scottish (Scots) in Booing the British and Royal Anthem at Wembley and demand an English Anthem
Time to stop Scotland from entering England!
Jerusalem, although a fantastically brilliant piece of work, harkens back to a time when the Crusaders were doing their thing. In a way, the Crusaders were religious zealots who were attempting to spread their beliefs, etc. Whenever I’m at the Royal Albert Hall at the Last Night of The Proms, I find myself not singing along to some of the words of Jerusalem. Listen to them yourself if you’re not sure what I mean.
For me, unless someone comes up with a brand new song, it’s gotta be “Land of Hope and Glory”.
Where in the lyrics of Jerusalem is there any reference to the crusades???
“…till we have built Jerusalem on England’s green and pleasant land” refers to Blake’s hopes for the building of a better place here in England, in preference to the “dark satanic mills” of the industrial revolution. A new Jerusalem.
God grant that Marshall Wade
May by thy mighty aid
May he sedition hush
And like a torrent rush
Rebellious Scots to crush
God save the Queen
The fourth verse of the “National Anthem”
None of the countries in the UK have their own official anthems, I know England wants Jerusalem, most people think “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau” is the official anthem of Wales but it isn’t. It would be nice if it was. You might like to look at the this for a nice bit of Scottish pride ;)
As an atheist, I’m against anything that mentions god in any form, perhaps a new original song would be best, something religiously neutral, else it would simply be an anthem that I could never sing and that’s discrimination.
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The point is made often enough that all three of the rest of the Union can claim anthems of their own which, pointedly, they insist upon singing, even at domestic matches.
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