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PETITION TO CHANGE THE NATIONAL ANTHEM – PLEASE SIGN

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Posted by abeodbart August 30, 2009 at 9:47 pm

We, the people of Britain, feel that our current National Anthem has lost a bit of its sparkle.  When we are confronted by the rare occasion of us winning a medal at the Olympics, we all have to mumble through “God Save The Queen”, well God help us!  We would thereby like to table the suggestion that we change the National Anthem to something more modern and appropriate and that will re-invigorate our pride.  What we specifically want to see, is that the National Anthem be changed in favour of “Gold” by Spandau Ballet.

Petition (Thanks Houdinia)

COMMENTS
August 30, 2009 at 9:50 pm
terri says:

just signed it :) imagine this actually happened!


August 30, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I agree wholeheartedly!


August 30, 2009 at 9:53 pm
broken says:

I suppose that’s one way of getting Gold and the UK in the same sentence?


August 30, 2009 at 9:54 pm
Sam says:

Signed :D


August 30, 2009 at 9:54 pm

This is very fishy . . I love this song . . Gold . !! ?? National Anthem . .? Queen . .??

What was the Rob Queen thing about . ?? He surely can’t rob the queen of her Gold . ??

And he’s mentioned God again as well . . . . .

Imagine singing GOLD at one of her birthdays or something . .lol . .

OMG!! MY BRAIN IS SORE . . !!


August 30, 2009 at 9:54 pm
Darryl says:

Sorry, totally do not agree with this one. I don’t believe in “God” but Spandau Ballet? Really? LOL Now a mash up 3 Lions sung by The Proclaimers, The Corrs and Tom Jones I might sign up for that!


August 30, 2009 at 9:55 pm
Sophie says:

Ooooh now I have a new song to have stuck in my head when I run! Thank you!


August 30, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Also he mentions the word ” national ” . . Like national lottery, national anthem . . numbers , queen , errm . .

This is like a REALLY good game . . I’m hooked . .!!


August 30, 2009 at 9:57 pm
Hayley says:

Oh, to see a massive crowd sing this when we get a medal… now THAT would be pure gold :D


August 30, 2009 at 9:59 pm
Kim says:

HAHA!!! LOVE IT! Promptly signed!!


August 30, 2009 at 10:00 pm
Katie Lazarou says:

Sung in the style of Trevor and Simon on Going Live?
I’m sure they sang ‘Gold’ during the end of program quiz. Said quiz was based on gold prospecting?
Maybe I was on drugs.
I’m signing this :D


August 30, 2009 at 10:00 pm
Hiheels says:

#You’re indestructibuuuuuu-uuuuul (artistic licence with spelling for singing along purposes).

Anyhoo, yep works a treat in the Olympian context, but think it through peeps, this would be used on other occasions too if it were our permanent anthem and we don’t want to end up looking silly.

I propose “Where Be the Blackbird?”


August 30, 2009 at 10:01 pm
Bluebottle says:

Signed, though I’d prefer something with more of a beat to it. A Queen track mayhap?


August 30, 2009 at 10:05 pm
roz says:

please consider that “Oh, Susanna!” was once seriously considered for the U.S. national anthem…thank goddess THAT didnt happen!


August 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm
Brian (life of) says:

I’d prefer the themesong of The Archers.


August 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm
Siobhan says:

I always thought that Rule Britannia was the UK national anthem!!

So if the queen was to die, then do you just change from ‘Queen’ to ‘King’?

I didn’t vote, what with not being English its not really up to me… but I do prefer the Spandau Ballet…


August 30, 2009 at 10:28 pm
Shawna says:

hmmm…. I don’t know…. I don’t see phillis’ or Derren’s name on there….

Well I bloody well signed it and made it public! – Phillis


August 30, 2009 at 10:29 pm
ReliegiousMarie says:

o o o o O …wha-isthi-saboot ?


August 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm
Duncan Armstrong says:

Brilliant, if only something like this would happen!


August 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm
kischiman says:

Oh, yeah! Awesome!


August 30, 2009 at 10:48 pm
Abhilasha says:

What’s wrong with Mika’s new song “We Are Golden”??


August 30, 2009 at 10:48 pm
maninalift says:

It would only be changed to some awful bland nothing. Words by Andrew Motion set to Ode To Joy. *shiver*


August 30, 2009 at 10:48 pm
Francesca says:

Brilliant. I am in full support of this notion.


August 30, 2009 at 11:03 pm
Christina says:

Signed you utter evil-genius you.


August 30, 2009 at 11:06 pm
Jacqueenking says:

Signed. Is it terrible that I still remember the words to this song – Gotta love a little Spandau.


August 30, 2009 at 11:38 pm
JayKay says:

In my head, I am still that age. How dare things move on from the 80s! I blinked and woke up in my 40s. As for the anthem… does it all have to revolve around the Olympics? Or is it a wee dig at the crown and the establishment and the higher ups running away with our money this year in the biggest worldwide heist the planet has known? We have the power to know we’re indestructible – always believe…


August 30, 2009 at 11:47 pm
Chris says:

What a tune :D


August 31, 2009 at 12:06 am
Cookie says:

I must admit I am not a huge fan of our current national anthem but I have to agree with Darryl!


August 31, 2009 at 12:06 am
CaptIainBinky says:

As a non-Christian, I’d prefer “Octopus Overlords save the Queen”, please.


August 31, 2009 at 12:27 am
VeanZ says:

Wow. Not only is this song a good’n to sing at the end of a long DofE [Duke of Edinburgh's award] expedition, but for it to be played on the odd occasion when we win a gold medal? Priceless ;D


August 31, 2009 at 12:31 am
Alex says:

AHAHAHA IF EVERYONE SANG THAT!
That would literally make me interested in anything that the National Anthem is sang (is it sang? or sung? or singed? Oh god D:) at.

I hope this happens :D

Thanks for posting this, it totally made my day xD


August 31, 2009 at 2:09 am
Tash says:

i can’t see it actually happening but it.s a nice idea. Signed. :-)


August 31, 2009 at 2:41 am
Pseudonym says:

Unbelieving scum, the lot of you!

“True” is a far better choice.


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August 31, 2009 at 7:13 am
Tash says:

or what about Queen: We are the champions!


August 31, 2009 at 8:12 am
tiram says:

my suggestion is this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_Jwe25qwnk

Pulp – “Glory Days”

“I could be a genious if I only put my mind to it, and I could do anything, if I only could get round to it.
Oh we were brought up in the space-race : now they expect you to clean toilets”


August 31, 2009 at 9:04 am
Kristen Brown says:

Signed, great lyrics for an anthem!


August 31, 2009 at 9:34 am
Scott says:

Haha My pal (who happens to be a huge metal head) sings that at kareoke every Thursday always gets everyone up singing in dancing if it does become the new anthem it would be epic


August 31, 2009 at 10:41 am

I already have pride in Britain (well, most of the time) but I’m all for having it re-invigorated! Have signed.

LC x


August 31, 2009 at 10:42 am
amanda says:

Billy Connolly did a brilliant sjetch on this very theme except he ‘ dum di dummed’ The Archers theme tune! pribably on you tube if anyone loves Billy.


August 31, 2009 at 10:55 am
flapjack says:

Talking of US National Anthems, Here’s a little known fact. The tune to our anthem “God save the queen ” was penned by an American. I’m imagining someone in the US said to him “Give them a dull forgettable dirge that’s almost instantly forgettable, we don’t want them upstaging us at sporting events”!
They needn’t have worried!
80′s power ballads, interesting choice.
“you’re indestructable”… hmmm there’s a thought, but I wouldn’t like to encourage other nations to test that theory!
Could we use the Sex Pistols version of “God Save the Queen”… just once for a laugh? 2012 Olympics maybe?


August 31, 2009 at 12:17 pm
Daniel Bethany says:

I think the National Anthem should be “God Save The Queen.”

By the Sex Pistols.

Spandau Ballet… pah! you obviously weren’t a punk!


August 31, 2009 at 12:22 pm
Baxta76 says:

Did anyone hear the Belgium national anthem, performed at Spa yesterday, before the Grand Prix?
It was a kind of a mad freaky jazz number… Nice.
All we need is Jamie Cullum to sing the British anthem from now on, and it’ll start to sound cool.


August 31, 2009 at 12:59 pm
python says:

yh,thats a much better anthem lol


August 31, 2009 at 1:10 pm
RS says:

Flapjack, when you say it was penned by an American, can you provide a source for that fact?

Also, I’m all for the removal of God from daily life, but when a group starts to try to remove a staple of pride steeped in centuries of tradition with a cheesy pop song barely 25 years old, I can’t help but think you’re taking the piss.

If you’re seriously that concerned about a national anthem being fashionable and up to date, why not make the anthem whatever’s number one on the iTunes chart that week?

If it contains a religious reference, you can just skip it that week.


August 31, 2009 at 1:22 pm

@ Flapjack – Omg, I love that last idea! :D

LC x


August 31, 2009 at 2:33 pm
kodabar says:

Here’s a thing. The tune to the national anthem was not written by an American. No one knows who it was written by. Give that about 140 composers, including Beethoven, Haydn, Bach, Liszt, Brahms, Johann Strauss, etc., have used the tune in their compositions then it’s extremely unlikely that an American had anything to do with it. – just consider the dates.


August 31, 2009 at 3:05 pm
Ms G says:

I find that song depressive .. it’s not the words .. it’s the tone of voice and the music itself .. but hey .. I dont care what brittain will choose to represent them … Maybe it fits the brits .. who knows. I dont find it a bad song, but with the olympics … nah … national anthem .. nah … I like hearing you mumble … it’s so cute .. (we playback, we don’t mumble .. for obvious reasons .. … )


August 31, 2009 at 4:55 pm
flapjack says:

RS – My original source was someone DJing on classic FM, but I should have known better than to trust a DJ for facts… on looking into it further it would appear the US connection is bogus:
“Scholes’ analysis includes mention of “untenable” and “doubtful” claims, as well as “an American misattribution”.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_Save_the_Queen#History
I think the DJ might have also got confused with this…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Country,_'Tis_of_Thee
But wherever it came from I still stand by the fact that as National anthems go it’s a bit of a dismal durge, and has a highly un-PC second verse! Tradition or not, I say let the Americans have it… I’ll stick with the Sex Pistols version :D


August 31, 2009 at 5:03 pm
flapjack says:

Here’s Bill Bailey’s take on it…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W9ETx7S2jY


August 31, 2009 at 7:01 pm
Marie says:

Great choice, I especailly like this song in ‘Four men in a car’, soooo funny :P


August 31, 2009 at 9:54 pm

@phillis: haha! Well, I must have missed it ;-) I’d feel bad if I signed it…. since I’d never have to sing it. But it sure would be funny to hear you all sing this terrible *gulp* song with pride!


August 31, 2009 at 9:55 pm
roz says:

know what i think would be a kewl anthem fer youse guys?

“her majesty’s a pretty nice grrl, but she doesnt have a lot to say.
her majesty’s a pretty nice grrl, but she changes from day to day.
i wanna tell her that i luv her a lot, but i gotta gotta belly fulla wine.
her majesty’s a pretty nice grrl, some day i’m gonna make her mine,
oh yeah
some day i’m gonna make her mine.”

short & sweet & easy to remember the words! :)


August 31, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Wait, forget that last “terrible song” comment…. OK, so I listened to the song WITHOUT watching the horrible 80′s video…. It’s not as bad as my first impression of it! I can dig it…. That would be awesome. I say Go For It!


August 31, 2009 at 10:50 pm
Ellenore says:

As an American, I think this is a fantastic idea with no possible negative consequences. You go, England.

*snicker snicker*


September 3, 2009 at 1:20 pm
Mike Foot says:

Done, LOL if this actually happened! Derren’s fault :)


September 20, 2009 at 2:48 am
Russell says:

Signed! :D


October 8, 2009 at 4:44 am

Wait, forget that last “terrible song” comment…. OK, so I listened to the song WITHOUT watching the horrible 80’s video…. It’s not as bad as my first impression of it! I can dig it…. That would be awesome


October 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Hang on a moe !!!
As I beleve it the official national anthem of England is Land of hope and glory not God save the queen !
God save the queen is only supposed to be played when a member of the Royal family are in attendence and at all other time Land of hope and glory should be played,

So the origional comment is of an uneducated (or misinformed ) person


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