Sunday, 16 September 2007

The Hetzenberg National Anthem.

The Hetzenberg National Anthem.
(Composed by James McGonnigal, Composer-Laureate to the Grand Ducal Court (Retd. – in a hurry!)
To the tune of O Tannenbaum.

"O Hetzenberg, O Hetzenberg!
We like you ever such a lot!
O Hetzenberg, O Hetzenberg!
Whoever loathes you is a clot!

Your mountains high! Your rivers deep!
The cost of living here's quite cheap.
The folks are nice, there's not much vice,
O Hetzenberg Forevermore!"

His Grace the Grand Duke Karl was seen to blanch during the first recital, although he maintained a fixed smile to the end. Later he awarded the Composer-Laureate the traditional salary of one hundred Reichpfennigs and a barrel of Doppeldorf claret. The Ducal court refuses to comment on the rumour that the Duke added a kick in the pants and the suggestion that he leave the Duchy within 24 hours...


C. said...

What a catchy national anthem!! I found myself humming it after a few moments... ;)

And is the cost of living really that cheap? What about the cost of fuel in the winter? Is it cold there, or can we go about barefoot with the peasants long into the autumn? ;)

Bluebear Jeff said...

Perhaps it is the female peasants who go around barefoot (and pregnant, of course).

-- Jeff

C. said...

Isn't that always the case--the female peasants going about barefoot and pregnant all the time? ;)

Oh, well, it's a tough job but someone's got to do it if there's to be any future Hetzenbergers to fight on the battlefield!! ;)