Poetry – The Global ‘National’ Anthem

The Global ‘National’ Anthem

I wrote a piece on my blog about the National anthem and Kellie made a great comment about needing a Global ‘National’ Anthem. That really sent me thinking. She’d put her finger on it. It was just what we needed.

I had just been playing some Woody Guthrie and was reminded of his wonderful ‘This Land is Your Land’. What we needed was something that spoke of beauty, unity and tolerance, that took responsibility for the way we lived in this rich web of life and cared for each other as well as all life around us. I had a vision of a world of harmony, fairness and the helping hand. I have a vision of a world in which instead of war, abuse, inequality, pollution, nationalism, fundamentalism and greed, we all valued each other and the beauty of nature and worked together. It’s a dream. But it is also a vision worth working for.

Where would we be without our dreamers?

At our best humans are wonderful. We work for peace, cherish nature and are happy in our diversity full of love and altruism. At worst we are callous, selfish destroyers full of hate and cruelty.

An anthem shouldn’t be a pompous, grandiose, rousing song of war; it should be a happy, simple statement of love, tolerance and equality of a people who value this green planet and everything in it and recognise that all life is one interconnected force. When we damage it we are damaging ourselves. An anthem should be a celebration of us at our best.

This is what came out:

The Global ‘National’ Anthem

All join hands from sea to sea

And rejoice for the beauties that we see.

We’ve got one world

For you and me.

With a beaming smile and helping hand

We join our spirits across this land.

We’ve got one world

We can understand.

All together we can build it true

There’s lots of work for us to do

We’ve got one world

For me and you.

The rich green forests and the mountains tall,

Rolling seas and desert sands.

There’s room enough for all

To use our minds and hands.

There’s one world

One human band.

So value the earth and the fresh clear water

Care for the animals and care for the plants

That provide the life to our sons and daughters

They will endow everyone with all life grants

There’s one world

And abundance.

For we must use it well and use it wisely

The rich tapestry of life

All connected so precisely;

Not crucified with the gun and knife.

There’s one world

For man and wife.

All our brothers and sisters in strife

Living free in equality;

One people in the web of life

Living our lives so happily;

There’s one world

One family.

All join hands from sea to sea

And rejoice for the beauties that we see.

We’ve got one world

For you and me.

We’ve got one world

For you and me.

Opher 17.9.2015  (Thanks Kellie)

6 thoughts on “Poetry – The Global ‘National’ Anthem

  1. Opher, the Darn-Poor Rhymer is already ahead of you. In fact, he’s written two such anthems! One, I e-mailed to you back last August, words and music both. Here are the words:

    Peace and justice for ever!

    An Anthem for Humanity

    Words based on the 15th century carol “Alleluya: A new work is come on hand,” the set text for the BBC Radio 3 Christmas Carol Contest in 2016

    [INTRODUCTION]
    Sing loud and high,
    Peace and justice for ever!

    [VERSE 1]
    A new day is come on hand,
    New light and warmth from our sun,
    To wake us up in every land,
    Peace and justice, Peace and justice, Peace and justice,
    Now we are free who once were bound,
    Now we are free who once were bound,
    We may well sing,
    Peace and justice for ever!

    [VERSE 2]
    Now is fulfilled our destiny,
    That all we humans must be free,
    To make our home and garden,
    Home and garden! Home and garden! Home and garden!
    Sing we therefore both loud and high,
    Sing we therefore both loud and high,
    Sing loud and high,
    Peace and justice for ever!

    [VERSE 3]
    Peace and justice, this sweet song,
    From human nature it has sprung,
    Now it’s our task to make it long,
    Peace and justice! Peace and justice! Peace and justice!
    Now joy and bliss be us among,
    Now joy and bliss be us among,
    Who thus can sing,
    Peace and justice for ever!

    I have also an earlier one, from 2014; which is even more explicit. I’ll send you the words and music in due course.

      1. In principle, I’m agreeable to you putting it out there. But the music ought to go out along with the words. And where would you plan to publish it?

        The version I e-mailed you back in August is indeed the latest one, so you already have the .mp3 and the score .pdf.

      2. I’m not sure how many people read the threads on my blog. More people read the posts. The score and mp3 are lost in the mists of time Neil. I’m not sure I could find them.
        I thought my piece on social cohesion might interest you. It touches on your beliefs in community.

      3. Opher, I can always send them again if you want. In fact, I noticed there’s a couple of small changes I made to the music of the original (Christmas carol) version, which haven’t been reflected in this version, and ought to be. So, if you’re interested, I’ll update them and re-send.

        Yes, I have skimmed your piece on social cohesion. My immediate thought was “This demands either an in-depth response, or none!” So, I’ll put a book-mark on that thread, and see what I can come up with.

      4. Yes Neil – do send it through and I’ll put it out as a post!
        I’d be interested in your response to the social cohesion.

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