Tuesday, December 29, 2009

America and God Save The Queen.

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I happened upon the Queen's Christmas message via another blog that I read, and it reminded me of something I discovered this past July when Nid and I were watching Pops Goes The 4th.

When Boston Pops began playing America / My Country, Tis of Thee Nid recognized the melody of God Save the Queen. I forgot about it and never looked it up, but then I heard it during the Queen's speech, so I've now confirmed.
From Wikipedia:
My Country, 'Tis of Thee", also known as "America", is an American patriotic song, whose lyrics were written by Samuel Francis Smith. The melody is that of the British national anthem, God Save the Queen, although Smith encountered it by way of a German adaptation. The song served as a de facto national anthem of the United States before the adoption of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the official anthem.

Here is America (My Country 'Tis Of Thee):

And God Save The Queen as covered by the Sex Pistols:

If you want to hear the "official" version you can listen to the beginning of the Queen's speech.

Just a bit of random trivia  for you all.

Enjoy more randomness at Keely's place, The Un Mom.

8 comments:

Kat said...

On the RAF base the my husband works at here in England they play both the Star Spangled Banner and God Save the Queen while the flag is being lowered from the flag poles each day. I still sing the words to My Country Tis of Thee during God Save the Queen.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I had heard that was the case...thanks for posting the comparisons! :)

CaJoh said...

Oh Yes the Sex Pistols they do it justice don't they.

Love your randomness. Have a great new year.

Jenny said...

Thank you all for stopping by and taking the time to comment :)

Kat - I'd do the same thing. It's ingrained in us, isn't it?

Stacy - For the longest time I kept saying God Bless America was the same. Until I decided to blog about it last night and realized I was wrong. I think I just wanted it to be the same because of the God Bless part being the same.

CaJoh - Thanks and happy new year to you as well.

shopannies said...

bit of trivia now the queen trivia does make a bit of sense thanks to f sharing I will add it to my bit of knowledge to share with friends

Keely said...

You know, I've heard both those songs a lot and I don't think I've ever consciously realized they're the same tune. Weird.

Mama Zen said...

The Sex Pistols rule!

Nat said...

That's really interesting. I haven't heard "God Save the Queen" that much, but I can't believe I didn't realize that before. Where's the originality? Haha

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