New Words for an Old March

9 June, 2009

Tomorrow, (((Girl))) plays in the orchestra for high school graduation.  Good old Pomp and Circumcise   Circumstance.  And she came up with new words for the march (well, not new words, as it didn’t have words before, but words (Chappie points out that there are words for the march.  I really should have searched that.  My bad.):

My turtle swims sideways,
Your turtle swims upside down.
My turtle swims sideways
Your turtle is DEAD.

   Dead Turtle



  1. Actually, Pomp & Circumstance does have traditional (very religious) lyrics:

    Dear Land of Hope, thy hope is crowned,
    God make thee mightier yet!
    On Sov’ran[7] brows, beloved, renowned,
    Once more thy crown is set.
    Thine equal laws, by Freedom gained,
    Have ruled thee well and long;
    By Freedom gained, by Truth maintained,
    Thine Empire shall be strong.

    Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of the Free,
    How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee?
    Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set;
    God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet,
    God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.

    Thy fame is ancient as the days,
    As Ocean large and wide:
    A pride that dares, and heeds not praise,
    A stern and silent pride;
    Not that false joy that dreams content
    With what our sires have won;
    The blood a hero sire hath spent
    Still nerves a hero son.

    According to the nearly omniscient Wikipedia, King Edward VII commissioned the words to go with Elgar’s tune.

  2. Chappie: Thanks. Corrected in my post.

  3. I sang “Land of Hope & Glory” at a Christian music camp when I was 11 or 12. It was our camp choir’s favorite song, mostly because of the great melody.

  4. My wife can’t stand Pomp & Circumstance. Her graduating class in high school was quite large and it took about twenty minutes for them all to get to where they were to go, and the orchestra played that repeatedly…and out of tune. She says that they seemed to regard a key signature as notional as well.

    Credit to her, though, she sat through it when our sons graduated.

  5. (((Girl)))’s words are better than the original. LOL!

    Too funny! 🙂

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