God Save the Queen?/Or . . .?

Can anyone else remember the following song? Or is it just another case of something good from the past that did not deserve to survive?
While the drabbest and most mundane items went to the top and stayed there, like “God Save the Queen.”
Even the Queen herself must be sick and tired of hearing our national anthem dragged out at every opportunity, such as during each and every stop along her Canadian tour.
Definitely, the anthem that proved most popular with its zing, verve, and vitality—and should have stuck with us—goes like this:
“In days of yore from Britain’s shore, Wolfe the dauntless hero came
And planted firm Britannia’s flag on Canada’s broad domain!
Here may it wave, our boast and pride, the Maple Leaf forever!
The thistle [for Scotland], shamrock [Ireland], and rose [England] entwine, The Maple Leaf forever!”
I’m getting rusty at it, but boy could we ever belt out that song in all our schools when I was a boy! You could just see old General Wolfe leading his British soldiers up the cliffs onto the Plains of Abraham!
We were moved and when that great battle cost him his life and the opposing French general (Montcalm) also went down, the whole song became glorious and nothing short of immortal.
It gave us something to chant on our way home after dark! You know, fearlessly like!
Nor would any visiting monarch be anything but overwhelmed by this lusty expression of patriotism that somehow later got lost in the shuffle and put under by a boring substitute that I doubt ever grabbed any real enthusiasm.
Now, I’m not saying we should scrap good old “God Save the Queen,” monotonous as it seems in comparison, but hey! What about all the missing snap and pop? What can you do with a national song that stirs nobody?
They say what knocked out The Maple Leaf Forever was the Quebec attitude of indifference to anything that seemed too British, and Canada is proud to be known as a country ruled by minorities, as you can notice all around you.
So, let’s have a few bars of The Maple Leaf Forever on the airwaves occasionally because that spirited older anthem had something in it that helped make our country stronger.
Mind you, “O Canada” was a great tribute to our country and left much to admire, such as “We stand on guard, We stand on guard for thee,” and Canadians under its influence proved great warriors regularly.
It had stirring lines that rivalled The Maple Leaf Forever, no doubt about it, but somehow our clinging to “God Save the Queen” doesn’t quite do it for many of us!
Here are the lines that cover everything: “God Save the Queen and Heaven Bless the Maple Leaf Forever.”
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It’s come time now to change our seasons and boots, and remember where we stowed our long undies and all that cash that was supposed to get us away out of there at this time of year, or can we go on pretending it’s too early to think about such stuff quite yet.
As the old farmer has said, if winter never came, I still wouldn’t be ready!
But that small show of snow last week was definitely too early to start any panic. So, don’t pay any attention to the alarmists who just go on giving our corner of the world a bad rep merely because it costs so much more to live around here.
What would everyone do with all that fuel and heavy grocery money, anyway. Maybe buy another new car to push when the driveway is blocked and the kids have taken the snow scrapers out to stop hockey pucks?
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But it appears the town is ready for the coming battle if those bright new trucks, one purple and orange with a big sand hopper mounted behind and another more svelte model camouflaged all white to be easy to bump into!
Or is this expensive new equipment just passing through?
Not too long ago, the town managed to collect a big new fire truck with a fantastically high ladder that never seemed to get used much and also a handsome new grader.
Only the town treasurer immediately notified council there was no money available for either of these showpieces (costing $300,000 each!)
The money materialized somehow, though, much like a miracle—and nobody has been worried apparently since!
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Gina Keast is grateful for all the expressions of sympathy that poured in after her daughter, Haley, 10, was struck in the face by a hockey puck at Friday night’s game as she sat with the daughter of the Thunder coach, Avery Allison.
On Monday morning, Haley was scheduled to have her broken nose set, seemingly undaunted by a very painful experience. She also received a black eye.
Her mother, Gina (nee Wonfor), reported everyone could not possibly have been kinder and the arena office officials were “fantastic” in their assistance.
Gina is still a local junior ‘A’ hockey fan. Violence is actually much less this year than in former seasons, she believes, although there could be better glass protection for the fans where Haley was sitting.
“I’m glad the puck didn’t hit her temple,” Gina declared while others commented on so much bleeding that occurred.
The Keasts are Reef Point Road residents.

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