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Thread #45506   Message #673409
Posted By: Wolfgang
21-Mar-02 - 01:01 PM
Thread Name: Politically incorrect national anthems
Subject: RE: Politically incorrect national anthems
A strictly instrumental anthem? The GDR's National Anthem came very close to that. In the last twenty years of the GDR's existence it was never sung, only played and the lyrics were more or less out of print and a person who dared to cite/sing them could be fined. They were completely un-PC from the government's point of view:

Resurrected from ruins
looking towards the future
let us serve you to a good end
Germany, common fatherland.

I guess you can spot the un-PC line.

By the way, Russia actually had an anthem without lyrics from 1991 to 2000. It was so unpopular it had to be changed.

A trivia question on anthems: Which English speaking country and which German speaking country use the same tune for their respective national anthems?

Wolfgang