Music: Neil Young’s Diamond Jubilee anthem
What better way to preview the upcoming Diamond Jubilee celebrations than to watch Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s video to God Save The Queen? Um, we can think of loads of ways, actually…
Track: Neil Young & Crazy Horse – God Save The Queen
File under: patriotric piffle
Neil Young & Crazy Horse have released the fourth music video from their upcoming album, Americana.
The eagle-eyed among you will already have checked out NY&CH’s versions of Oh Sushannah, Jesus’ Chariot (She’ll Be Coming Around The Mountain) and Clementine (all courtsey of the Antiquiet website).
Now, ahead of this weekend’s Diamond Jubilee knees-up, you can take a gander at God Save The Queen.
Why has Young put it on an album with the title of Americana, though? Here’s the moderately baffling explanation:
Written in the 18th century with possible melodic roots in the 17th century, this anthem has been sung throughout the British Commonwealth and may have been sung in North America before the American Revolution and Declaration Of Independence in 1776, which rejected British sovereignty. The Americana arrangement draws from the original melody and changes some melody and lyrics in the folk process, also adding lyrics of the same melody taken from My Country ’Tis Of Thee, in recognition of the War Of Independence and America’s transition to freedom.
So now you know.