You sing a Dirge, you play a dirge.

  pj123 14:46 10 Feb 08

My partner has just switched on the Rugby.

Why do they have to sing National Anthems before starting to play?

As far as I am concerned I class "God save the Queen" as a dirge.

Having said that, and not to incur her wrath I just hope England win.

  lofty29 15:11 10 Feb 08

probably because everyone would leave if they played it afterwards, like they used to in cinemas

  Goofyish 15:48 10 Feb 08

I must admit, compared to other countries anthems ours is not very inspiring.

  pj123 15:55 10 Feb 08

lofty29, agree. But why does it have to be played at all? (I haven't been to the cinema for at least 40 years, do they still play the National Anthem at the end of the film?)

It's bad enough at the Olympic Games, being played every time a Gold Medal is won.

Is it really necessary?

  Grey Goo 16:00 10 Feb 08

Just be thankful ours is not like the Italian anthem, just when you think it's finished it goes on and on and on.

  pj123 16:31 10 Feb 08

There you go then. According to the BBC England just scraped a win over Italy.

Must have something to do with this awful anthem of ours.

  Bingalau 16:31 10 Feb 08

pj123. At least we don't have to suffer it very often at the Olympics.

Why we don't play an English tune at English games is another old chestnut. It is the British national anthem and if the English have to suffer it when they play so should the Scots,
Welsh and Northern irish

  Stuartli 20:14 10 Feb 08

You might well think differently about the anthem if you'd reached the required standard to win an Olympic gold medal...:-)

  birdface 21:17 10 Feb 08

You could be right.I always thought a dirge was a lament.When someone had died or something like that.maybe the england rugby and football teams fall into that catagory.

  DANZIG 23:02 10 Feb 08


Rule Brittania

There will Always Be an England

...and just for fun...

House of Fun - Madness

Always Look on The Bright Side of Life

  lester1 00:10 11 Feb 08

Land of Hope and Glory does it for me.

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