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22 May 2008, 7:57 pm

I have a tape of national anthems. I enjoy listening to it.



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22 May 2008, 8:06 pm

A dreaded sunny day
So I meet you at the cemetery gates
Keats and Yeats are on your side
A dreaded sunny day
So I meet you at the cemetery gates
Keats and Yeats are on your side
While Wilde is on mine

So we go inside and we gravely read the stones
All those people, all those lives
Where are they now?
With loves, and hates
And passions just like mine
They were born
And then they lived
And then they died
It seems so unfair
I want to cry


You say: "'Ere thrice the sun done salutation to the dawn"
And you claim these words as your own
But I've read well, and I've heard them said
A hundred times (maybe less, maybe more)
If you must write prose/poems
The words you use should be your own
Don't plagiarise or take "on loan"
'Cause there's always someone, somewhere
With a big nose, who knows
And who trips you up and laughs when you fall
Who'll trip you up and laugh when you fall


You say: "'Ere long done do does did"
Words which could only be your own
And then produce the text
From whence was ripped
Some dizzy whore, 1804


A dreaded sunny day
So let's go where we're happy
And I meet you at the cemetery gates
Oh, Keats and Yeats are on your side
A dreaded sunny day
So let's go where we're wanted
And I meet you at the cemetery gates
Keats and Yeats are on your side
But you lose
'Cause weird lover Wilde is on mine



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23 May 2008, 10:55 am

Anathema topic

Aalto. Very lighterary of you!


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23 May 2008, 11:57 am

ImTheGuyThatDidThat wrote:
Finlands great :) my grandparents parents walked to sweden, then over the border to norway and built a home from nothing. perkele
who teachet u how to swear in finish?


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23 May 2008, 11:58 am

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Finland's got a great tune. followthereaper.
thanks :)


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28 May 2008, 9:26 pm

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRRYAzgKPTs[/youtube]

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28 May 2008, 9:39 pm

Cake is good.


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28 May 2008, 10:28 pm

There once was a swagman
Camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree
And he sang as he watched and
Waited till his billy boiled
Who'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me?

Waltzing Matilda,
Waltzing Matilda,
Who'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me,
And he sang as he watched and
Waited till his billy boiled
Who'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me?

Down came a jumbuck
To drink by that waterhole
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee
And he sang as he shoved that
jumbuck in his tuckerbag
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Waltzing Matilda,
Waltzing Matilda,
Who'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me,
And he sang as he shoved that
jumbuck in his tuckerbag
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me?

Down came the squater
Mounted on his thouroughbred
Down came the troopers: One, Two, Three
Saying where's that jolly jumbuck
You've got in your tuckerbag
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Waltzing Matilda,
Waltzing Matilda,
Who'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me,
Saying where's that jolly jumbuck
You've got in your tuckerbag
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me?

Up jumped the swagman
Sprang into the billabong
You'll never catch me alive, said he
And his ghost may be heard as you
Pass by that billabong
"Who'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me?"

Waltzing Matilda,
Waltzing Matilda,
Who'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me,
And his ghost may be heard as you
Pass by that billabong
Who'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me?


This song was written in time with the actual song. And while it isn't the official anthem of Australia, it bloody well should be.


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29 May 2008, 4:25 am

Amhrán na bhFiann

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29 May 2008, 4:51 am

1
Ja, vi elsker dette landet, Yes, we love this country
som det stiger frem, as it rises forth,
furet, værbitt over vannet, rugged, weathered, above the sea,
med de tusen hjem. with the thousands of homes.
Elsker, elsker det og tenker Loving, loving it and thinking
på vår far og mor about our father and mother
og den saganatt som senker and the saga night that sends
drømme på vår jord. dreams to our earth.
og den saganatt som senker and the saga night that sends
drømme på vår jord. dreams to our earth.

2
Dette landet Harald berget This country Harald united
med sin kjemperad, with his army of heroes,
dette landet Håkon verget this country Håkon protected
medens Øyvind kvad; whilst Øyvind sung;
Olav på det landet malte upon the country Olav painted
korset med sitt blod, with his blood the cross,
fra dets høye Sverre talte from its heights Sverre spoke
Roma midt imot. up against Rome.


3
Bønder sine økser brynte Farmers their axes sharpened
hvor en hær dro frem, wherever an army advanced,
Tordenskiold langs kysten lynte, Tordenskiold along the coastline thundered
så det lystes hjem. so that we could see it back home.
Kvinner selv stod opp og strede Even women stood up and fought
som de vare menn; as if they were men;
andre kunne bare grede, others could only cry
men det kom igjen! but that soon would end!


4
Visstnok var vi ikke mange, Sure, we were not many
men vi strakk dog til, but we were enough,
da vi prøvdes noen gange, when we were tested sometimes,
og det stod på spill; and it was at stake;
ti vi heller landet brente we would rather burn our land
enn det kom til fall; than to declare defeat;
husker bare hva som hendte just remember what happened
ned på Fredrikshald! down at Fredrikshald!


5
Hårde tider har vi døyet, Hard times we have coped with,
ble til sist forstøtt; were at last disowned;
men i verste nød blåøyet but in the worst distress, blue-eyed
frihet ble oss født. freedom was to us born.
Det gav faderkraft å bære It gave (us) father's strength to carry
hungersnød og krig, famine and war,
det gav døden selv sin ære - it gave death itself its honour -
og det gav forlik. and it gave reconciliation.


6
Fienden sitt våpen kastet, The enemy threw away his weapon,
opp visiret for, up the visor went,
vi med undren mot ham hastet, we, in wonder, to him hastened,
ti han var vår bror. because he was our brother.
Drevne frem på stand av skammen Driven forth to a stand by shame
gikk vi søderpå; we went to the south;
nu vi står tre brødre sammen, now we three brothers stand united,
og skal sådan stå! and shall stand like that!


7
Norske mann i hus og hytte, Norseman in house and cabin,
takk din store Gud! thank your great God!
Landet ville han beskytte, The country he wanted to protect,
skjønt det mørkt så ut. although things looked dark.
Alt hva fedrene har kjempet, All the fights fathers have fought,
mødrene har grett, and the mothers have wept,
har den Herre stille lempet the Lord has quietly moved
så vi vant vår rett. so we won our rights.


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Ja, vi elsker dette landet, Yes, we love this country
som det stiger frem, as it rises forth,
furet, værbitt over vannet, rugged, weathered, above the sea,
med de tusen hjem. with those thousand homes.
Og som fedres kamp har hevet And as the fathers' struggle has raised
det av nød til seir, it from need to victory,
også vi, når det blir krevet, even we, when it is demanded,
for dets fred slår leir. for its peace will encamp (for defence).



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29 May 2008, 7:13 am

God save our graaaaaacious queen...



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30 May 2008, 5:24 am

veruniel wrote:
God save our graaaaaacious queen...

hit her in the belly with a biscut tin
God save or tin.

By the way ^ was a joke.

Now for the first two verses of the real national anthem of Australia.

Quote:
Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.

In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.

In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.


That is such a cr** song.


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30 May 2008, 6:47 am

Most national anthems are either military or overpatriottic and the one from my native country Belgium and from my current home Germany are no exceptions. I sort of dislike them. The Belgian anthem contains a line about fighting for the King, God and freedom, which I think is quite embarrassing for a secular country.

The anthem of my country of my dreams, Israel, happens to be quite nice though. It is one of the few national anthems that really has a meaning relevant to the country. It is called "HaTikva" which means "The Hope".




Kol od baleivav p'nimah
Nefesh y'hudi homiyah
Ulfa'atei mizrach kadimah
Ayin l'tziyon tzofiyah
Od lo avdah tikvateinu
Hatikvah bat sh'not alpayim
Lihyot am chofshi b'artzeinu
Eretz tziyon viyrushalayim


As long as in the heart, within,
A soul of a Jew is yearning,
And to the edges of the East, forward,
An eye gazes towards Zion,
Our hope is not yet lost,
The hope of two thousand years,
To be a free nation in our land,
The land of Zion and Jerusalem.




There are many versions but this is the interpretation I like most:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjfFpFW9OdA


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30 May 2008, 8:09 am

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8linZiGYSeE[/youtube]

If only. If only. :salut: