Talk:God Save the Queen
Blake's Jerusalem? I first heard it in the soundtrack of "Chariots of Fire", but only later clearly heard the original lyrics. In that form, it is one of those things that sends chills down my spine. It would be very interesting to learn more about the suggestion.
There are, incidentally, periodic proposals to replace the music, or entire song, of the U.S. anthem, the "Star Spangled Banner". Its music came from a British drinking song, "Anacreus in Heaven", but the major problem is that the vocal range is far too wide for the average singer, although it can be stunning with a professional.
The lyrics were written during the War of 1812, and I always find it ironic to contrast its early 19th century references to "rockets' red glare" and "bombs bursting in air", relatively ineffective weapons at the time, to the white glare and contrail of a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile. Howard C. Berkowitz 15:49, 27 August 2009 (UTC)