What is your national anthem?
20 May 07
Another Aussie here, so ours is Advance Australia Fair as has already been mentioned. But one thing is that on certain occassions, when the Queen or one of her representatives is present, then God Save the Queen is also played as well. This is because we are still a member of the Commonwealth. Also did you know that Australians voted for the current national anthem in a referendum in the 1980's. This means that we have the choice of those enrolled to vote as our National Anthem and not something chosen by the politicians.
29 Nov 06
“ Jana-gana-mana-adhinayaka, jaya he Bhaarata-bhaagya-vidhaataa Punjaaba-Sindhu-Gujarata-Marathaa Draavida-Utkala-Bnga Vindhya-Himaachala-Yamunaa-Gangaa Uchchla-Jaladhi-Taranga Tava shubha naame jaage Tava shubha ashish maange Gaaye tava jaya gaatha Jaye-gana-mangala-daayaka jaya he Bhaarata-bhaagya-vidhaataa Jaya he, jaya he, jaya he Jaya jaya, jaya, jaya he” this our anthem http://indiawithme.blogspot.com/2006/05/national-anthem-song-jana-_114692551176796040.html
30 Nov 06
OK, Here is the complete Advance Australia Fair. Yes, many of the lyrics are news to me too. Australians all let us rejoice, For we are young and free; We've golden soil and wealth for toil, Our home is girt by sea; Our land abounds in Nature's gifts Of beauty rich and rare; In history's page, let every stage Advance Australia fair! In joyful strains then let us sing, "Advance Australia fair!" When gallant Cook from Albion sail'd, To trace wide oceans o'er, True British courage bore him on, Till he landed on our shore. Then here he raised Old England's flag, The standard of the brave; With all her faults we love her still, "Brittannia rules the wave!" In joyful strains then let us sing "Advance Australia fair!" Beneath our radiant southern Cross, We'll toil with hearts and hands; To make this Commonwealth of ours Renowned of all the lands; For those who've come across the seas We've boundless plains to share; With courage let us all combine To advance Australia fair. In joyful strains then let us sing "Advance Australia fair!" While other nations of the globe Behold us from afar, We'll rise to high renown and shine Like our glorious southern star; From England, Scotia, Erin's Isle, Who come our lot to share, Let all combine with heart and hand To advance Australia fair! In joyful strains then let us sing "Advance Australia fair!" Shou'd foreign foe e'er sight our coast, Or dare a foot to land, We'll rouse to arms like sires of yore To guard our native strand; Brittannia then shall surely know, Beyond wide ocean's roll, Her sons in fair Australia's land Still keep a British soul. In joyful strains the let us sing "Advance Australia fair!" I think its time for a change.
29 Nov 06
I am Proud to be Indian!! The below is our National Anthem. “ Jana-gana-mana-adhinayaka, jaya he Bhaarata-bhaagya-vidhaataa Punjaaba-Sindhu-Gujarata-Marathaa Draavida-Utkala-Bnga Vindhya-Himaachala-Yamunaa-Gangaa Uchchla-Jaladhi-Taranga Tava shubha naame jaage Tava shubha ashish maange Gaaye tava jaya gaatha Jaye-gana-mangala-daayaka jaya he Bhaarata-bhaagya-vidhaataa Jaya he, jaya he, jaya he Jaya jaya, jaya, jaya he”
19 May 07
Glad your'e not asking me to sing it for you because not many people can sing the Icelandic National anthem alone. Icelanders have been talking about it for decades that we need to change our anthem and most of us agree on another song that would be much more suitable but in some ways we are old fashioned and some things never get changed. Ok, here it goes... try to sing it he he ;) Ó Guð vors lands/Lofsöngur Ó, guð vors lands! Ó, lands vors guð! And here's a partial translation: "Our Country's God" The Icelandic national anthem Words by Matthías Jochumsson Music by Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson Our country's God! Our country's God! We worship Thy name in its wonder sublime. The suns of the heavens are set in Thy crown By Thy legions, the ages of time! With Thee is each day as a thousand years, Each thousand of years, but a day, Eternity's flow'r, with its homage of tears, That reverently passes away. :; Iceland's thousand years!, ;: Eternity's flow'r, with its homage of tears, That reverently passes away. English translation by Jakobina Johnson http://www.ruv.is/ram/thodvocal.ram I think you can hear it here. Enjoy :) Vér lofum þitt heilaga, heilaga nafn! Úr sólkerfum himnanna hnýta þér krans þínir herskarar, tímanna safn. Fyrir þér er einn dagur sem þúsund ár og þúsund ár dagur, ei meir: eitt eilífðar smáblóm með titrandi tár, sem tilbiður guð sinn og deyr. :; Íslands þúsund ár, ;: eitt eilífðar smáblóm með titrandi tár, sem tilbiður guð sinn og deyr. Ó, guð, ó, guð! Vér föllum fram og fórnum þér brennandi, brennandi sál, guð faðir, vor drottinn frá kyni til kyns, og vér kvökum vort helgasta mál. Vér kvökum og þökkum í þúsund ár, því þú ert vort einasta skjól. Vér kvökum og þökkum með titrandi tár, því þú tilbjóst vort forlagahjól. :; Íslands þúsund ár, ;: voru morgunsins húmköldu, hrynjandi tár, sem hitna við skínandi sól. Ó, guð vors lands! Ó, lands vors guð! Vér lifum sem blaktandi, blaktandi strá., Vér deyjum, ef þú ert ei ljós það og líf, sem að lyftir oss duftinu frá. Ó, vert þú hvern morgun vort ljúfasta líf, vor leiðtogi í daganna þraut og á kvöldin vor himneska hvíld og vor hlíf og vor hertogi á þjóðlífsins braut. :; Íslands þúsund ár, ;: verði gróandi þjóðlíf með þverrandi tár, sem þroskast á guðsríkis braut.
• Brisbane, Australia
20 May 07
Wow,isasice I think I will decline your offer to sing your national anthem hehe . The words are unpronounceable to me.I had my daughter try to read it lol.There are a few countries that would like to change their national antham,Australia being one of them.I guess things change as time goes on and the anthem just doesn't seem to "fit" anymore.