This segment of On The Money with Peter Hebert is a playful tribute to the pomp and circumstance associated with mother England’s coronations, investitures, and royal weddings. This delightful weaving of news clips, and star-studded cast of Monty Python, the Royal Orchestra, two cameo appearances of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Elton John, Mick Jagger singing with Rolling Stones, Ian Anderson and the ensemble with Jethro Tull, Jon Anderson and YES singing a cappella, Sir Paul McCartney, John Lennon singing as front man for The Beatles, Highland Pipe and Drums, and Greg Lake singing Jerusalem with Emerson, Lake & Palmer celebrates the comical, ceremonial, and creative genius of the English. The church bells of Westminster Abbey, Ozzy Osbourne, Heith Ledger as the Joker, and Jim Carey from the Mask are all included. Of course, David Gilmour and Pink Floyd are featured as well. The centerpieces of this tribute, really a musical soundscape, includes the brief wedding rehearsal soundtracks from T-Mobile, which had over 11 million views on You Tube as of Monday, April 25, 2011; and Helena Bonham Carter playing the Red Queen in Alice and Wonderland.
William Blake’s poem Jerusalem became England’s second most popular national hymn. Consider the ambition and scope contained in these lines:
And did those feet in ancient time.
Walk upon England’s mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On England’s pleasant pastures seen!
And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?
Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!
I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In England’s green and pleasant Land
And, therefore together we all rise and shout, “God save the Queen! Rule, Britannia! Calm the roaring waves, subdue the nations until they are again made thine foot stool so that the sun never sets on your realm!”
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