On the subject of national anthems, The Star-Spangled Banner sounds pretty epic, which is fitting because America likes to think of itself as an extraordinarily epic country. God Save the Queen sounds kind of lame to me.
For those of us in the UK who don’t believe in God - or wish for the Royal Family as an idea to come to an end, it is very lame.
Why would/should God save the Queen? Why should he? Shouldn’t he save all of us? There is an inference there that promotes the Queen above the citizen.
Plus, it is quite a depressing turgid tune too.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34268442 - Why some people don’t sing the national anthem
Technically, the monarch gets its power from God (supposedly), so I guess that’s the reasoning there.
Aye, the Church and the then-State inventing and re-inforcing their self importance and power over the people, and it’s continuation - of sorts - to the present day…
I much prefer to remember…
from a certain point of view, of course…