I'd Like To Eat You All
Like most musicians, I’m a music fan (still) and I like to listen to things which other people might consider unfashionable. What could be more relaxing, for example, after a hard days work gardening, ironing or doing housework, than to kick off your shoes, put your feet up and listen to the Vietnamese National Anthem (cracking tune - available from this super National Anthems playlist).
In fact, there’s nothing better than a good national anthem when you want to get your toes tapping. I think my favourite is probably the Brazilian national anthem (written by a pupil of Puccini) closely followed by the La Marseillaise (French National Anthem)
So after having listened to Tom Services's magnificent podcast about national anthems, BBC Radio 3’s ‘The Listening Service’, I’ve decided to write my own anthem, not because I’m any sort of nationalist - au contraire - I consider myself a total European (although a mortally wounded one, thanks to my compatriots) but because the concept of a national anthem seems somewhat out of date - particularly in this age of globalisation.
So that being the case, I thought I'd better write the lyrics about food, yes - FOOD, that way I can use as much xenophobic language as I like (God Bless! Stand Up! I'm Proud! etc etc) and indeed I am proud of it - take a listen!
The tune can be downloaded FREE from the soundcloud page above and if you want to singalong with it on your ukulele theres a CHORD SHEET here
Thank you to the wonderful musicians who helped me record it.
Elizabeth McCall sang the tune
Julian Ferraretto played the violin
Alex Kidston played the tuba
Ben Castle played the clarinet
Guy Bellingham played the saw
Dan Teper played the piano
Justin Woodward played the drums
I played the ukulele and was the 'hearty' chorus!