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national anthems are (mostly) rubbish [Jun. 16th, 2014|11:41 am]
8 or so bees in my bonnet
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Hungary national anthem photo national-team-anthem.jpg

...all seeming written in the 19th century
by untalented struggling songwriters
to help prop up various decaying empires,
national anthems are an embarrassing leftover.

they say nothing about the culture of the country.
about which they are so fervantly sung

at least italy's is a bit jaunty
and spain's has no words...
and thus they both spare themselves the jingoistic nonsense
that are most NATIONAL ANTHEMS..?

[User Picture]From: gucky
2014-06-16 03:58 pm (UTC)
While I have a lot of qualms with the US (and the crazy unfocused nationalism), the American national anthem is kind of amazing.

No one can sing it properly. It doesn't actually rhyme. The rhythm is totally weird. It's about utter despair of barely surviving a battle rather than anything about the country itself. And it's the only anthem that ends in a question.
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