Thursday, March 4, 2010

Kings pawn to e4: Changing "O Canada"

Its a good opening move.  We control the center.  After singing O Canada with the crowds at the Olympics we know Its cool to be Canadian again.

Should we change it?  Should we not?  It's win/win.  We are listening to the concerns of feminists and having an open discussion with all Canadians.  I think I side with the feminists on this one but I'm happy enough to leave it alone too.  This is how you get people involved in politics.  Everyone has an opinion on it and its neither left nor right.  Its a Canadian question.

Think of all the little school kids who sing the anthem every morning (or should).  My love for the Olympics goes right back to following the medal count in school.  Now we have 14 Golds. 2 of these Gold medals are for Hockey.  We are the undisputed best winter sport country in the world and the kids know it.

A change to the anthem would be top of mind for them.  The Harper years will be remembered as the beginning of Canada's Century, or at least the good years.

So have fun with this question.  There's no call for sour grapes.  Remember who is watching and remember that it's about how to love our country in the best way possible.

Politically, we are sure to eat a few pieces no matter what.  The game is long, and we control the board for now...  I'm excited to see a great game.


Leeky Sweek said...

The key of F Major for "Oh Canada?" I hope you know some hearty sopranos! :)

Spin Assassin said...

heh maybe we could change that too. My ability to read music feels a bit like deciphering hieroglyphs. I can do it, but it takes forever.
I'm more interested in the native words. They are Inuktitut:
Uu Kanata! nangmini nunavut!
Piqujatii nalattiaqpavut.
Nangiqpugu, Uu Kanata,
Uu Kanata! nunatsia!
Nangiqpugu mianiripluti,
Uu Kanata, salagijauquna!

I hope it directly translates to yummy baby seals somewhere, but I'm guessing it's gender neutral.

Anonymous said...

How about changing it back to what it once was - The Maple Leaf Forever. It is an anthem born in war (1812) and the closest think to a Canadian Victory Anthem as the SBB is to the Excited States. The MLF is one great and rousing song! I only wish we were a nation with enough spine to have it as our anthem. Instead we must suffer the slings and arrows or outrageous revisionist history that brought us to where we are today. UP THE RED ENSIGN! – The Maple Leaf Forever!

In days of yore, from Britain’s shore,
Wolfe, the dauntless hero, came
And planted firm Britannia’s flag
On Canada’s fair domain.
Here may it wave, our boast and pride
And, joined in love together,
The thistle, shamrock, rose entwine
The Maple Leaf forever!

The Maple Leaf, our emblem dear,
The Maple Leaf forever!
God save our Queen and Heaven bless
The Maple Leaf forever!

At Queenston Heights and Lundy’s Lane,
Our brave fathers, side by side,
For freedom, homes and loved ones dear,
Firmly stood and nobly died;
And those dear rights which they maintained,
We swear to yield them never!
Our watchword evermore shall be
“The Maple Leaf forever!”


Our fair Dominion now extends
From Cape Race to Nootka Sound;
May peace forever be our lot,
And plenteous store abound:
And may those ties of love be ours
Which discord cannot sever,
And flourish green o’er freedom’s home
The Maple Leaf forever!


On merry England’s far famed land
May kind heaven sweetly smile,
God bless old Scotland evermore
and Ireland’s Em’rald Isle!
And swell the song both loud and long
Till rocks and forest quiver!
God save our Queen and Heaven bless
The Maple Leaf forever!


Spin Assassin said...

I like that song. Good luck translating it to something acceptable to french Canadians.

I used to be a monarchist but every time I hear from them they piss me off. Making Chretien the latest honorary whoop-de-doo, and converting to fervent global warmists has me ready for a republic.

We could change the words and keep the tune. Its always playing at the Air Canada Center anyway. That's a good home for it too IMHO.

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