Okay, now back to work.
(Update: Sarah Hoyt was thinking similar thoughts.)
Great minds. Same thing over in my blog — only with a plan of action.
A REPUBLIC, and we mean to keep it!
“There’ll always be an England.”
– Vichy maintenant. C’est vrai.
1. That song, considering what it represents, is about as appealing as the Internationale.
2. Nevertheless, as a song, it is flat-out the best anthem any nation has ever had.
(But Berlioz’s arrangement is better, and I prefer the Grand Illusion version of this scene.)
There’s always one.
You know, we stole Yankee Doodle from the British, as well as “My Country, tis of thee”. Why not this one?
“Liberty calls to us, Americans–
The mystic chords of memory
The men who fought at Normandy
The men who died in France (no repeat, next verse)
When ruled there tyranny
Free men threw it back
Coming, from every battlefield
Coming, from every patriot’s grave
To living hearts, goes now the cry:
“We were Americans!
On Liberty, no compromise!
It’s yours; it’s yours
To lose or to save
Do not be afraid to die.”
A decent first cut. Always room for improvement.
If you really like the French Revolution, don’t take it up with me. There’s a guy named Edmund Bork, or something like that, who wrote a few books on the subject.
You might just check it out.
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