England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, may have unofficial anthems, but Wales is the only country in the United Kingdom to have it's own official National Anthem - "Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" (Land of My Fathers), but always sung in Welsh! Even those of us who don't speak Welsh make a bold attempt at it!
It's a jolly good anthem and to use popular parlance, you can give it plenty of welly! Here it is on You Tube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtCOprRDUm8
I love this rendering so much that, after selecting it, I have played it four times already. My goodness we can sing in Wales and you can imagine how it would feel singing it in rugby stadium with thousands of others?
I'm also very fond of Catatonia singing "Every day when I wake up I thank The Lord I'm Welsh", so let's include that too! It has some lovely views of Wales to look at while listening, which will give you a taste of our varied scenery!
I didn't intend this post to go in such a musical nor indeed a national direction, because I was going to talk about William Blake who wrote "Jerusalem". I will save that until next time - it's won't be as boring as it sounds - honestly!
The link to all of this is "National Anthem", because though we in Wales have our own, we also share with the other countries of the UK "God Save the Queen" Now this can sound a bit dreary and though we wouldn't of course drop it, many feel that England should have something more uplifting as an anthem, such as "Jerusalem".
Well - in for a penny in for a pound - here it is too! Hope you are all singing along?