Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The original diss song?

"My Country, 'Tis of Thee", also known as "America" served as the de facto national anthem of the United States before the adoption of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the official anthem in 1931. Written in 1831, 48 years after the American War of Independence, the song unquestionably takes some shot at the British. Firstly, the melody is the exact same as that of the national anthem of the United Kingdom, "God Save the Queen". The lyrics have a very post-independence-esque feel to them with reoccurring lines about liberty (My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty) and freedom ( "My native country, thee, Land of the noble free"). The most telling swipe at the British is the final line of the song; "Protect us by Thy might, Great God our King" which is in clear contrast to the lyrics of the British anthem "God save our gracious Queen, Long live our noble Queen, God save the Queen". The Americans are clearly stating their sole ruler is God and they have no respect for England's earthly monarch who they are free from. This this the world's first "diss song"? Compare the two anthems below and decide for yourself!