I heard “The Battle Of New Orleans” by Johnny Horton on the Muzak at Mc Donald’s yesterday, a song I first heard when I was but a youngster and not since. So naturally I had to go out and download it.
So I’m listening, reminiscing, drifting back to the halcyon days of 5th grade and all of a sudden I realized that it really is a war song. An excerpt from the lyrics:
[complete lyrics (well, as complete as a folk song can be) here ]
And our National Anthem is another such song.
I had never really thought about it before, but it occurred to me that England, while one of the (if not THE) staunchest and most dedicated allies the US has ever had, was also our enemy in two bloody wars, and I was wondering how they feel about stuff like this.
So how about it? Are our English friends are bothered or made uncomfortable by songs written during and about the wars to build morale, whatever? Am I thought offensive for enjoying those songs? Is there resentment towards these rememberences that our Nation was born in war? Is there discomfort and detachment similar to what (I would imagine) Germans feel about WWII? I don’t mean the Holocaust, I mean just weirdness over the knowledge that current friends were once bitter enemies and victors in a previous war.