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Canadian National Anthem

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I'm in a wait state right now...

I can't remember which paper it was in this morning, but I read that the Senate was saying that Canadian National Anthem excludes women.

Excuse me, THIS IS NOT NEWS. We've known this for centuries. Where the hell have you guys been?!?! The French version is gender neutral, although the French version leaks Bible all over.

I, personally, really like the Molson Canadian "Canadian" song and would prefer to think of this as the Canadian National Anthem:

I know this place is where I am
No other place is better than
No matter where I go I am
Proud to be Canadian

I am, you know I am
I am Canandian
I am, you know I am
I am Canadian

I love this country where I am
This land is where I make my stand
No other heart is truer than
The one we call Canadian

I am, you know I am (know I am)
I am Canadian (know I am)
I am, you know I am (know I am)
I am Canadian
I am Canadian!


Feb. 22nd, 2002 07:37 pm (UTC)
Okay, I have to ask how it excludes women....

If you're refering to the line;

True patriot love
in all thy son's command.

I've always understood that to be a reference to Christ... The "thy" I always thought they meant was "God"... Suppose that the "thy" would be capitalized, but still... what else would a national anthem refer to? John A. MacDonald's sons commanded us to love our neighbours? Oh wait, didn't he die lonely and bitter? ;)

I'd like to know if that's not the intent.
Feb. 22nd, 2002 07:42 pm (UTC)
The lyrics are from the singer's [singers'] point of view to this entity/spirit called "Canada" because the salutation is "Oh Canada".

"Thy sons" refers to "Canada's sons".
Feb. 22nd, 2002 08:25 pm (UTC)
How about "offspring of any gender be they male or female or possessing an extra chromosome"?

I don't know, but I feel funny changing someone else's words. I'd feel bad changing Tom Sawyer's friend Jim into an "African American"...

Feb. 22nd, 2002 08:46 pm (UTC)
The song that we sing is already changed from Robert Weir's poem.

I don't really mind the lyrics the way they are. To me, it's just another song (they just tend to sing it at hockey games). I like the Molson Canadian song better, I'll listen to that and sing that in my head.

I was shaking my head that it made it to the first page of the National Post. The STUPIDEST things make headlines now. "Our Education System Doesn't Work"; "Stress Associated With Cancer"; "Smoking Is Bad For You" and other things like that.


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