Do you know your national anthem by heart?

Malta flag - Do you know your national anthem by heart?
@ronaldinu (12454)
Malta
January 26, 2009 3:42pm CST
Yes I do know how to sing my national anthem. We used to sing our national anthem by heart in our school morning assembly. We were asked to stand at ease to show our respect while we sang the anthem. A couple of years ago, there was a controversy in the Italian players over the national soccer players. Journalists claimed that some of the national players did not know their national anthem. Do you know your national anthem by heart? (c) ronaldinu 2009 - the more people I meet-the more I love my dog
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@bombshell (11268)
• Germany
31 Jan 09
yes in my country Philppines i know how to sing our national anthem but the german ones dont know how.
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@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
31 Jan 09
I don't blame you for not knowing ther german national anthem by heart since your are from philippines.
@bombshell (11268)
• Germany
1 Feb 09
you think so?
@owlwings (38089)
• Cambridge, England
26 Jan 09
I think I know the first verse: "God save our gracious Queen ...". Hmmm ... yes, I'd agree that she's 'gracious' (in public ... I think she's quite a normal and feisty person in private, unlike her husband who can be quite outspoken on or off the record!) but what does she need saving from? I usually stand in silence while it's played. Usually, when one is expected to sing it, the words are provided. As a national anthem, I would rather sing stirring stuff like "Jerusalem" or "Rule Brittania" (neither of which have words that I necessarily agree with, either, but they're more fun to sing).
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@Galena (9124)
31 Jan 09
absolutely. God Save the Queen is such a dirge, and doesn't really accurately reflect the feelings of the general populace. a lot of people would rather have songs like those mentioned, or Land of Hope and Glory. I find the sound of the Dawn Chorus says far more about the love I have for my country than the national anthem does.
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@owlwings (38089)
• Cambridge, England
3 May 09
I love the Dawn Chorus, too, but I find the melody a little tricky and the words difficult to remember Standing to attention at that time of the morning is sometimes more than I can manage
• Ireland
27 Jan 09
I have known our national anthem, which is sung in our native tongue (Irish), since I started school at four years old. Although, Irish is not spoken in many parts of Ireland now, it is still compulsory to learn it at school. With all the different nationalities living here now, I wonder how they are coping with learning our national anthem. I'm sure it can't be too easy for them.
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@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
27 Jan 09
It is a pity that you are not using Irish. You will end up using it in the long run.:( I visited Ireland last summer and all I can say that the Irish are fantastic.
@dodo19 (27759)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
23 May 09
I don't know my national anthem. I only know about two lines of it. This is mainly due to the fact that I didn't learn it, and I just don't have a chance to sing it, or to learn it. It's also partly my fault as well, if I didn't learn it. I just never really got a chance to learn it, or anything like that.
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@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
Do I know our national anthem by heart? Does knowing the English and Spanish version of our "Lupang Hinirang" enough to qualify me as one of those who love their national anthem by heart? Well, I can also add that I know who composed and wrote the lyrics of our national anthem and when it was first publicly played.
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@kellyjeanne (1578)
• United States
30 Jan 09
Yes, I'm very proud to say that I know my National Anthem and I remember standing at attention as a little girl in grade school singing it on special ocassions. Now we have gotten so far from God that we are starting to pay the price for it. I don't even hear it anymore unless I decide to sing it on special ocassions. We're living in sad times my friend. The more people I meet the more I love my cat :) Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
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@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
26 Jan 09
It should be a rule that if you do not know your national anthem, you can't play. How bad is that?!!! I think if you can't sing your national anthem then you do not deserve to be a citizen!
@Galena (9124)
1 Feb 09
there really is far more to patriotism than knowing the words of a song. I will not sing my national anthem, as it is in praise of the Monarchy, and of the Christian God, neither of which I believe in. to me, loving my country is loving the Earth beneath my feet, respecting it, honouring it and caring for it. not singing a song.
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@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
1 Feb 09
For my national anthem, I respectfully disagree but you have a right to feel differently. :D
• Philippines
27 Jan 09
Yes. But I honestly dont follow the rule of putting my left hand to my right chest in public places. Becausse I would only look stupid doing it alone.. But I really hope people would show patriotism even in just that simple way.
@Galena (9124)
31 Jan 09
I prefer other ways of showing patriotism. like recycling, picking up litter and putting it in the bin, taking care of the natural world around me. better than a song in my book.
@Buchi_bulla (8299)
• India
20 Sep 09
Of course I know my National Anthem by heart. It is such a lovely Anthem with good lyrics and music and I feel emotional whenever I sing it. Everyone should know their country's National Anthem, whoever has a respect for their country.
@KaraKATAD (246)
• Philippines
7 Sep 09
Yep. We sing it almost every day at school. Also, we're tested on it sometimes during our Military training, so it's impossible for us NOT to know our anthem.
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
16 Jul 09
yes, I know our national anthem by heart. In fact I sing it too often.
@jotace (2094)
• Spain
23 May 09
Well, I'm from Spain and our national anthem doesn't have any lyrics. So we can't sing it when it's played. Some time ago, they organized a contest for adding the lyrics, but the winner didn't convince almost anyone and there were a lot of complaints. So the Spanish national anthem continues being just an instrumental song.
@anuraa32 (2453)
• India
23 May 09
Well I think such people are there in all countries. Yes I know my national anthem by heart. How can we forget. We used to sing it everyday at school.
@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
23 May 09
Our national anthem has about 15 verses and I only know two of them. Most people here in Holland know 1, 2 or 3 verses by heart but not the whole anthem. Whenever it is sung most likely the first two verses will be played. It would be way to long otherwise. I did get the whole anthem in school, on paper, but we were only required to learn 2 verses.
@yuna15 (2708)
• Philippines
1 Feb 09
It's a shame for somebody who doesn't know the lyrics of their own national anthem. As for your question, yes I still know it by heart even if I don't sing it every time. It's a symbol of our love for our own country and a good citizen should at east know the lyrics of the song.
@Tushavi (2078)
• Karachi, Pakistan
31 Jan 09
Yep! I Know our national anthem heartily. have a nice day.
@Galena (9124)
31 Jan 09
nope. I don't know my national anthem by heart, and I don't have any desire to. I feel no shame in not knowing it. it's called God Save the Queen. I don't believe in a Monarchy, and I am not a Christian. this song is meaningless to me, and doesn't express the way in which I love my country. it's not about people being born into a position where they're considered above everyone else, and it's not about football teams, what currency you use or a silly bit of fabric. it's about the Earth beneath my feet that sustains me. and that is not expressed in a gimmicky, stupid little song.
@tryxiness (4549)
• Philippines
28 Jan 09
Actually, when I sing it with a group, I think I can sing it perfectly and I know it by heart. But when I am alone, I am not sure if I can sing it without missing a line or so.
@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
27 Jan 09
Our national anthem has about 13 verses which I don't all know by heart. I do know the first two verses, and the first verse is the one that is pretty much allways sang at special occaissions, soccer games, etc. We get the first verse and sometimes the second in school, and we get all the 13 verses on paper. There are little Dutch people that know them all by heart. We wouldn't be done singing till after the game if we did .
@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
27 Jan 09
I don't know the Romanian national anthem by heart, because it's really long (44 long lyrics). I learned it by heart in school, because I had to - we were getting a grade on how well we knew it. In sporting events they only sing the first 8 lyrics (it seems more because when singing the anthem, some of the lyrics are repeated), so it's not difficult for football players to remember that (although not all of them actually sing it)