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Iceni Magazine | September 22, 2018

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One in four adults don’t know the words to God Save The Queen

One in four adults don’t know the words to God Save The Queen

One in four adults don’t know the words to God Save The Queen, a study has found.

A poll of 2,000 adults found many struggle to sing along to the national anthem, with almost one in five admitting they would even be at a loss when it comes to simply humming the tune.

And a fifth also get the line ‘send her victorious’ wrong with one in twenty believing the lyric is ‘send her home’.

But the study by npower found more than four in 10 also struggle to sing along to popular sporting anthem ‘Jerusalem’ – the song chosen by the nation as the England victory song at the Commonwealth Games.

And more than half don’t know the tune.

Despite this, more than a third of adults admit they feel more British or patriotic when singing along to an anthem.

As a result of the research, npower have teamed up with Britain’s Got Talent champion Tokio Myers and The Voice star Jazmin Sawyers to record a new version of the sporting anthem.

The track, which also features a 54-piece orchestra and a 10-strong choir, was recorded at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

npower spokesman Ed Madden, said: ‘We know the nation feels affinity to the song Jerusalem as it was chosen as the CGE anthem in 2010.

“It’s clearly an anthem steeped in English history, but after the survey showed that we struggle with its lyrics and melody, we saw it as our job to give the hymn a modern re-vamp.

“Jerusalem – The Official Anthem of Commonwealth Games England 2018 – is a modern twist on the classic that aims to strike a chord with the public so that we can show Team England support from our shores during the upcoming games.”

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