Rewriting the National Anthem

A bill in Canada’s House of Commons proposes to rewrite the national anthem, “O Canada,” to make it gender neutral. The song has been their national anthem since 1980 and similar bills have been introduced several times since.

The change to “O Canada” is fairly simple — altering the second line from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command,” and it has received praise from prominent Canadians.

The proposal reminded us of this routine about the national anthem by Albert Brooks, from his 1973 album Comedy Minus One.

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