Wednesday, December 16, 2015

God Save the King

We have been enjoying the original House of Cards television series, made in the 1990s starring Ian Richardson, and not to be confused with the current American remake with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The original is much better.

Recently we watched the episode from season two in which the king (admirably played by Michael Kitchen, who sounds exactly like Prince Charles) visits the poor neighbourhoods in some of the cities in England.

He is greeted by a rousing chorus of God Save the King played by the residents on a collection of steel drums. They did a pretty good job!

As it happened, I got spanked later that same day. Ron used, among other implements, a sturdy wooden spoon. As he paddled, I thought I detected a familiar rhythm.

"Are you playing 'God Save the King'"? I queried, referring to the television show we had just seen, and hoping he might stop to answer and give me a bit of a break.

"Could be," he replied, never missing a beat. Sure enough, he tapped out an entire verse of "God Save the Queen" (it won't be renamed "God Save the King" for a long time to come, I hope) on my poor bottom. His rendition wasn't as melodious as the steel drum version, but I added some vocal accompaniment.

Note to American readers: the tune is the same as "My Country 'tis of Thee" in case you want to hum along.
From Hermione's Heart


abby said...

Ahh thanks for the American very patriotic for the two of you.
hugs abby

Jake said...

Well, thank goodness he didn't choose something like "Freebird" or "Stairway to Heaven", Hermione! You wouldn't be sitting down for a week!

Hermione said...

Abby - It's odd that the two songs have the same tune, but such different meanings.

Jake - Or "100 bottles of beer on the wall" :-D


Aimless Rambling said...

So glad that Ron is so patriotic.

ronnie said...

Loved your post Hermione. Very patriotic of Ron. I didn't know our American friends had a song using the same tune as our God Save The Queen.


Jimisim said...

It was indeed a superb series, great writing and plot, and brilliant acting.
One of my all-time favourites,along with I Claudius and Smiley's People.
The good Beeb (or Auntie) has always produced a few drama masterpieces.
Francis Urquhart would almost certainly have spanked if the opportunity arose.
No interruptions from adverts in BBC pros either thank goodness.
The national Anthem also has a never sung verse about the pestilent Scots, nad this would be the appropriate verse to be spanked to.

Cat said...

LOL Ronnie...such a patriotic hubby you have Hermione. Thanks for sharing. ;)

Hugs and blessings...Cat

Roz said...

LoL Hermoine, how patriotic, love it! I was thinking the same as Jake lol


Hermione said...

Ronnie - I suspect they missed the monarchy so adopted the tune ;-)

Leigh - He isn't really, just likes the tune, I guess.

Jimisim - It was truly amazing. We don't get bothered by commercials when viewing BBC shows on PBS, thank goodness. We have an additional verse too, about Canada.

Cat and Ron - He's actually opposed to the monarchy, but did love that episode.


Anonymous said...

Why not a brunch - Music to be spanked by ? For starters, The Anvil Chorus (Il Trovatore ??) - that would really give you an unsittable bottom.