Ankh-Morpork Anthem

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Ankh-Morpork Anthem

Postby Tonyblack » Sat Jul 09, 2011 2:10 pm

While Googling the A-M flag I found a recording of the Ankh-Morpork Anthem performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the soprano Clare Rutter.* The music was written by Carl Davis. :D

I've heard various renditions of the anthem before, including Terry himself singing it to a bunch of us while we were waiting to do the maskerade at the Clarecraft event - but this is the first time I've heard it done seriously (sort of). :lol:

The lyrics of the anthem are as follows:


"When dragons belch and hippos flee
My thoughts, Ankh-Morpork, are of thee
Let others boast of martial dash
For we have boldly fought with cash
We own all your helmets, we own all your shoes.
We own all your generals - touch us and you'll lose.
Morporkia! Morporkia!
Morporkia owns the day!
We can rule you wholesale
Touch us and you'll pay.

We bankrupt all invaders,
We sell them souvenirs,
We ner ner ner ner ner ner by the ears,
Er ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner,
Ner ner ner ner ner ner, ner ner ner ner ner,
Ner your gleaming swords, we mortgaged to the hilt.
Morporkia! Morporkia!
Ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner
We can rule you wholesale
Credit where it's due."

*I think her ner ner ners are excellent.
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Postby Dotsie » Sat Jul 09, 2011 2:35 pm

:lol: brings a tear to my eye
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Postby David Brown » Sat Jul 09, 2011 2:58 pm

So it's gone platinum? I can't even find anywhere to buy a download. It doesn't appear to be on either iTunes or Carl Davis's own site.

Anyone got any info, please?
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:06 pm

I suspect the 'it's gone platinum' comment was a joke to do with content of the song. That was, after all, the first performance of that version and, as far as I know, the only one. :)
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Postby poohcarrot » Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:18 pm

The coat of arms was missing one of its two mottoes. :D
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Postby deldaisy » Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:20 pm

Tony wrote:We ner ner ner ner ner ner by the ears,
Er ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner,
Ner ner ner ner ner ner, ner ner ner ner ner,


That part always gets to me it does. *sniffs* (...bye the EARS!) *sniff*
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Postby poohcarrot » Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:26 pm

'ere! I thought you were dead! :shock:
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:29 pm

deldaisy wrote:
Tony wrote:We ner ner ner ner ner ner by the ears,
Er ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner,
Ner ner ner ner ner ner, ner ner ner ner ner,


That part always gets to me it does. *sniffs* (...bye the EARS!) *sniff*
:D Good to see you Del!
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:29 pm

Del! I knew you would come back :D
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Postby deldaisy » Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:33 pm

Whadup! Yeah mC knew I was still breathing (wheezing more like)... Was following a few shows my daughter is doing on her facebook so said hello to her on there when I came up for air, or when the visiting teen let me have a page for two minutes. :D

Pooh news of my death were greatly exaggerated!

You lot DO realise you have me for life huh? You will never be rid of me.... dream as though you might.... STUCK! WITH! ME! :D
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Postby Dotsie » Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:50 pm

Glad to hear it! :lol:
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Postby poohcarrot » Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:54 pm

deldaisy wrote:You lot DO realise you have me for life huh? You will never be rid of me.... dream as though you might.... STUCK! WITH! ME! :D


You'll bugger off again for a week or two when the Rigger's next back, won't you boomerang-del? :roll:
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Postby Dotsie » Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:05 pm

She's off to the Gold Coast in two days time :lol:

She knows where we are :D
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Postby meerkat » Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:18 pm

deldaisy wrote:
Tony wrote:We ner ner ner ner ner ner by the ears,
Er ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner,
Ner ner ner ner ner ner, ner ner ner ner ner,


That part always gets to me it does. *sniffs* (...bye the EARS!) *sniff*


Welcome back Del. Hope you are heaps better!
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Postby deldaisy » Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:19 pm

Only a day visit Dots.... its only half an hour away. But we don't go down much... too many tourists ... and sharks... and rips... and traffic.... whiney aren't I.

Pooh the rigger has gone home for a year or so I guess. Just a friend you understand.

I am on tonight because of the hols, then I have to take my sister for a brain scan, then I have to take a girlfriend across town, then I have two days of appointments and then it will be Thursday again and then I will be working..... I have NO life and yet things keep filling it up! ARGH! I so want a life.... but when?
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