I don't like the Canadian national anthem


eskavan
#1
Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike it or anything. And there are worse anthems out there. But personally (and this is just my personal, subjective, artistic taste...your mileage may vary) I think it is kind of bland and generic. As a piece of music it doesn't do too much for me, and the lyrics are perfectly "meh" (though I think the French lyrics are a bit better). I am filled with patriotic pride when it is sung at a sports match, but that is because it is the anthem of my country, not because I like it as a piece of music. I love the tune of "The Maple Leaf Forever", but it is outdated and doesn't represent Canada today...it has more do do with Britain than anything else. So I don't know what else to suggest as an anthem.

Any thoughts? Do you like the anthem as a piece of music, or just because it represents Canada?

PS. I'm not seriously suggesting a change or anything...just want peoples' opinion, whether you agree or disagree.
 
In Between Man
#2
Quote: Originally Posted by eskavan View Post

Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike it or anything. And there are worse anthems out there. But personally (and this is just my personal, subjective, artistic taste...your mileage may vary) I think it is kind of bland and generic. As a piece of music it doesn't do too much for me, and the lyrics are perfectly "meh" (though I think the French lyrics are a bit better). I am filled with patriotic pride when it is sung at a sports match, but that is because it is the anthem of my country, not because I like it as a piece of music. I love the tune of "The Maple Leaf Forever", but it is outdated and doesn't represent Canada today...it has more do do with Britain than anything else. So I don't know what else to suggest as an anthem.

Any thoughts? Do you like the anthem as a piece of music, or just because it represents Canada?

PS. I'm not seriously suggesting a change or anything...just want peoples' opinion, whether you agree or disagree.

I don't think its bland and generic at all! Every lyric truly helps define "Canada". Musically, it awesome as well! The crescendo at the end?! Ooh baby!

If you think it's bland and generic and then you can call me the same.

Here's another great patriotic song! "Canada's song!"

YouTube - Maple Leafs Honour The Canadian Forces & Alan Frew performes Free to Be - Jan 30th 2010
 
SLM
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by eskavan View Post

Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike it or anything. And there are worse anthems out there. But personally (and this is just my personal, subjective, artistic taste...your mileage may vary) I think it is kind of bland and generic. As a piece of music it doesn't do too much for me, and the lyrics are perfectly "meh" (though I think the French lyrics are a bit better). I am filled with patriotic pride when it is sung at a sports match, but that is because it is the anthem of my country, not because I like it as a piece of music. I love the tune of "The Maple Leaf Forever", but it is outdated and doesn't represent Canada today...it has more do do with Britain than anything else. So I don't know what else to suggest as an anthem.

Any thoughts? Do you like the anthem as a piece of music, or just because it represents Canada?

PS. I'm not seriously suggesting a change or anything...just want peoples' opinion, whether you agree or disagree.

I can honestly say that I've never really thought about that way before. And I'm not sure that I can judge it on it's musical/lyrical merits either. To me, it's so representative of "home" that I don't think I could be truly objective about it.
 
Unforgiven
#4
I like it. It's not right in your face like the American anthem, not that there is anything wrong with that. It's more Canadian in the way it pulls out that patriotism and what we stand for without a single mention of bombs or rockets.

Then there is a the other Anthem.

YouTube - Neil Peart - The Hockey Theme
 
SLM
+1
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by Unforgiven View Post

I like it. It's not right in your face like the American anthem, not that there is anything wrong with that. It's more Canadian in the way it pulls out that patriotism and what we stand for without a single mention of bombs or rockets.

Then there is a the other Anthem.

YouTube - Neil Peart - The Hockey Theme

Good point on the subtlety of the patriotism in the anthem, I rather like that as well.

As for the "other anthem"-what's not to love?

Do they still deport people for dissin' the HNIC theme?
 
TenPenny
#6
Oh Canada certainly doesn't have the emotional power of the USSR anthem, or the US anthem, but it's a perfectly good thing. What I hate is the constant need to change it.
 
YukonJack
+3
#7  Top Rated Post
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

Oh Canada certainly doesn't have the emotional power of the USSR anthem, or the US anthem, but it's a perfectly good thing. What I hate is the constant need to change it.

I agree. Changing the text for phony politically correct 'reason' is wrong.

But even more wrong is the bastardization and stylization by so-called artists who can't carry a tune and try to turn it into their mediocre form of 'art'.
 
TenPenny
+2
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by YukonJack View Post

I agree. Changing the text for phony politically correct 'reason' is wrong.

But even more wrong is the bastardization and stylization by so-called artists who can't carry a tune and try to turn it into their mediocre form of 'art'.

Man, I hate that - like at the SuperBowl, they pick some currently-popular twit who then feels obligated to completely destroy the anthem they are singing.

I don't know why there is such a need to mess up the anthems. Sing it, sing it straight, sing it well, sing it proudly.
 
petros
#9
It is supposed to be musically simplistic. O Canada just like Mary Had a Little Lamb was written so damn near anyone can pick up an instrument and half assed play the anthem. That sort of foresight and simplictity is what makes it great.
 
Cannuck
#10
I don't understand the need for them...especially at hockey games or other sporting events.
 
Said1
#11
It's very versatile too.

YouTube - Big Sugar - O Canada
 
petros
#12
How many know their Provincial anthems?
 
DurkaDurka
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

How many know their Provincial anthems?

haha, didn't even know Ontario had one. Horrible I'm sure if there is one.
 
petros
#14
I'll have to Joogle that.

A Place to Stand, A Place to Grow (Ontari-ari-ari-o!)
 
Cannuck
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

How many know their Provincial anthems?

"Alberta". It was adopted for our centennial. Can't say that I could hum the tune.
 
DurkaDurka
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

I'll have to Joogle that.

A Place to Stand, A Place to Grow (Ontari-ari-ari-o!)

I think I have heard that.... got that chorus stuck in my head now
 
petros
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by DurkaDurka View Post

I think I have heard that.... got that chorus stuck in my head now

I remember hearing it a long long time ago.
 
DurkaDurka
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

I remember hearing it a long long time ago.

I think they use it to advertise 'Ontario Place" a crappy amusement park
 
Said1
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

I'll have to Joogle that.

A Place to Stand, A Place to Grow (Ontari-ari-ari-o!)

There's no place like this where I live....lol
 
petros
#20
'Saskatchewan, We Love This Place!'

Quote: Originally Posted by DurkaDurka View Post

I think they use it to advertise 'Ontario Place" a crappy amusement park

Nooooo it was used all over Canada for tourism years and years ago. I was still young.

YouTube - Ontario, a place to Grow ... POT
 
Kreskin
#21
The theme for Expo 1967. Something about it oozes Canada.
YouTube - Bobby Gimby's Canada Song
 
TenPenny
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

I'll have to Joogle that.

A Place to Stand, A Place to Grow (Ontari-ari-ari-o!)

Oh, I remember that. And I remember singing my version

A Place to Stand
A Place to Sit
Ontario, you're full of ...
 
petros
#23
I vaguely remember the school yard versions as well but I recall it being a place to stand and a place to sh!t..... Must be the western version?
 
Said1
#24
When we lived in Alberta my mother used to sing 'hey ma, I want to go back to Ontario' - ya know that army song 'they say that in the army' but she used to change the words aroudn.
 
Unforgiven
#25
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

Oh, I remember that. And I remember singing my version

A Place to Stand
A Place to Sit
Ontario, you're full of ...

 
petros
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by Said1 View Post

When we lived in Alberta my mother used to sing 'hey ma, I want to go back to Ontario' - ya know that army song 'they say that in the army' but she used to change the words aroudn.

Hey Ma I Wanna Go Home
 
eskavan
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

Oh, I remember that. And I remember singing my version

A Place to Stand
A Place to Sit
Ontario, you're full of ...

Ha! Yeah, that song ftw...I don't care that it's full of cheese.
 
coldstream
#28
I don't don't like it either. I think it is brassy and pretentious. It's almost impossible to intepret in different ways, like you can do with the American anthem. You basically have to blast it out, full horn.. and that's it.
 
lone wolf
#29
French version is the same as written. English has been altered a few times to make it more politically correct. Sound familiar? I liked the brassy and blunt Maple Leaf Forever....
 
Unforgiven
#30
YouTube - Classified - "Oh... Canada" [Official Video]

YouTube - O Canada

Bah it's a lovely ditty.
 

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