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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… National Anthems from the Euros July 2, 2016

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

One of the joys of the Euros has been the belting out of National Anthems, some aren’t great but some are fantastic. A selection of my favourites .. admittedly not all from the Euros as the number of fans from that country in the stadium didn’t quite make the cacophony of noise a home crowd makes. I left our own out 🙂
Not too many other ones that I liked despite the expansion to 24 countries!


1. botheredbarney - July 2, 2016

God save our gracious Queen is an obvious omission. Perhaps you have a rendering of The Lid of me Granny’s Bin as a substitute?


2. roddy - July 2, 2016

La Marseillaise has to be THE anthem.One of my favourite film scenes ever is the customers in Ricks Cafe belting it out much to the annoyance of the Nazi officers present.


Joe - July 2, 2016

It was my da’s favourite film. Mine now too. Madeleine Lebeau died a few months ago. There’s a scene earlier on where she’s fighting with Rick cos he dumped her.
“Rick, where were you last night?”
“You know, that’s so long ago I can’t recall.”
“Where are you going tonight?”
“I never plan that far ahead.”

What a man!


3. Brian Hanley - July 2, 2016

During the World Cup in 2010 Eamon Dunphy pontificated at length about the significance of the Spanish team not singing their anthem, putting it down to the possibility of tension between Basques, Catalans and other identities in the team. The Spanish national anthem actually doesn’t have any lyrics.


4. LeftAtTheCross - July 2, 2016

Roddy, on this I am in total agreement. I regularly click on the youtube clip to watch it, it’s fantastic cinema. And what an anthem. If only the French Revolution hadn’t been reversed by home grown reactionaries and the imperial armies of the European monarchs we might now all be citizens of a united European republic, watching the football finals of the competition between the various republican départements and all joining together to sign the Republican anthem, arm in arm, united from the Atlantic to the Urals. If only.


gendjinn - July 2, 2016

Erm, tad optimistic there. After Napoleon you would either have the same fate as Alexander’s empire after his death OR the grandson of the Austrian emperor would be emperor of France.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.


5. roddy - July 2, 2016

The line “round up the usual suspects” (Renault even said at one stage-“round up TWICE the number of usual suspects”) has made it into journalistic parlance big time.Gene Kerrigan used it as the title for his Nicky Kelly book.


Joe - July 2, 2016

“I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is taking place in this establishment.”
“Your winnings sir.”
“Ah, merci bien.”


6. Sham Bob - July 2, 2016

I thought the Welsh one would have a more recognisable tune, like Bread of heaven, but for the optimism and emotional response of the crowd, that’s the winner for me. I know yeah, captain hindsight here.

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7. Mick 2 - July 2, 2016

How could you omit the Russian anthem?! There’s no competition in this competition. Beautiful piece of music.

A better tune than their previous anthem, although that’s not without its rousing chorus too. 😉

The DDR one is a slow burner but if you listen to it more than once it’ll be stuck in your head all week. And there’s a real tearjerker of a line about no mother ever having to mourn her son again.

Basically, the soviets got all the best tunes.

The tune of the Irish anthem is meandering shite, and the words are almost unsingable, whether as Gaeilge nó as Béarla.


yourcousin - July 2, 2016

Who listens to the DDR anthem, “more than once”?

So long as we are discussing the tear jerking nature of all things East German. Let us ruminate on a mother who cried for Peter Fechter, the first victim of the Berlin Wall.


LeftAtTheCross - July 2, 2016

Yeah, nobody’s ever been shot on the US border I’m sure. Chill YC, it’s a discussion about national anthems.


yourcousin - July 2, 2016

Ironically enough the talk of building walls and people dying at the US border are about immigration into the US. The US has not to the best of my knowledge in the latter part of the 20th made it a habit of trapping people inside our borders and murdering then if they flee.

I try not to troll this subject too often but at times…eh my reserve slips a bit.

And speaking of slipping here’s a part of a documentary on the Berlin Wall.


yourcousin - July 2, 2016

But fine in the spirit of non trolling…

Ok that’s still slightly trolling, but it was a great rendition but heres an anthem from the Euro Cup.


Mick 2 - July 2, 2016

I do, because I love music, and I think national anthems are fascinating from a sociomusicological point of view.

The second bit of your comment doesn’t merit a response.


8. gendjinn - July 2, 2016

Eh, where are the dogmatics ranting that anthems are a symbol of nationalism and ipso facto the very personification of reactionary, counter-revolutionary treason? Is they having a lie in this morning?


9. roddy - July 2, 2016

Fans of “only fools and horses ” will recall Del boy once buying a consignment of “National anthem themed doorbells with 36 different tunes” He demonstrated the “new line ” to Rodney who on pushing the switch was treated to “the star spangled banner”,at which point Del saluted and shouted “vive La France”!


10. Bartholomew - July 3, 2016

The Welsh singing is magnificent – completely in tune, completely in time, a harmony line in the chorus, the last phrase taken up an octave, and the whole thing sung in Welsh. Awesome.

According to Wikipedia, the Welsh were the first to sing a national anthem before a game:

Their team isn’t half bad either.


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