[NTLK] [OT] National Anthems. Was: OK. I saw this and I just had to send it!

Michael Hurley mephit at mac.com
Thu May 27 23:51:27 EDT 2010

On May 27, 2010, at 8:24 PM, Forrest Buffenmyer wrote:

> Yeah sorry, but while I like the imagery that our National Anthem  
> conjures up, "Oh Canada" kicks its ass musically.

That's what we get for basing our national anthem on the somewhat  
bawdy official song of The Anacreontic Society, an 18th century music  
appreciation group. Even before Key's poetry was set to it, it was  
known for being notoriously difficult to sing. The original has a  
particularly fun chorus.

"And besides I'll instruct you, like me, to intwine
The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchus's Vine."

Now, just remember what part of a woman could be poetically called a  
flower and what part of a man could be called a vine. Heh. Every now  
and again I feel like breaking out in the original when the anthem is  
being sung, but in the current political climate, it would likely get  
me a ticket to Gitmo.
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   women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?"


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