Thursday, 22 January 2009

On the mutability of melody

Random things I learned today: "America the Beautiful" can be sung to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne", and vice versa. (I suppose this is something like how the "Star-Spangled Banner" is set to the Anacreontic song.)

There is of course the fantastic irony of the very patriotic American song "My Country Tis of Thee", which was sung by Aretha Franklin at the second Bush inauguration, sharing its melody with God Save the Queen.

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