Discussion "Dixie" or "Battle Hymn of the Republic," which do you like better?

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Mint Julep

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Has there ever been a more stirring sentence written than "He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword"? Even if you're not religious, a line that powerful just induces goosebumps. The lyrics to "Battle Hymn" are some of the best of any song that I've ever heard. Dixie is a great and fun tune, and it's difficult to really compare them given that they tend to serve different purposes. If I had to go with one, it would most likely have to be the Battle Hymn.

I feel like this question may elicit some biased responses, however. Would it not be better to compare, for example, "Dixie vs The Bonnie Blue Flag" and "The Battle Cry of Freedom vs The Battle Hymn of the Republic"? Just a thought.
You're not biased?
 
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Has there ever been a more stirring sentence written than "He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword"? Even if you're not religious, a line that powerful just induces goosebumps. The lyrics to "Battle Hymn" are some of the best of any song that I've ever heard. Dixie is a great and fun tune, and it's difficult to really compare them given that they tend to serve different purposes. If I had to go with one, it would most likely have to be the Battle Hymn.

I feel like this question may elicit some biased responses, however. Would it not be better to compare, for example, "Dixie vs The Bonnie Blue Flag" and "The Battle Cry of Freedom vs The Battle Hymn of the Republic"? Just a thought.
i reckon the guy who wrote that was on the same brand of magic mushroom as William Blake who wrote the hymn Jerusalem.
 
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That was going through my head while we were driving through the Brecon Beacons (though those don't technically qualify as England's mountains green)...
The very lovely - and deadly in the wrong wearther - Brecon's are in Wales - for those a bit loose on the geography of these isles. I'm not absolutely sure where Blake was referring to , but as the "dark satanic mills" he penned were in Lancashire mostly, I can only think he meant the Pennines.
 
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My favourite. :thumbsup:
I've always liked the song. As it was popular postwar I've viewed the song like most songs not literally but the spirit.

When taken in the context of postwar, their was a element of the victors who wished to take advantage, bully and humilate the losers, the song shows a proud people who refuse to be builied or humiliated and still held their heads high, and that spirit I admire, more so then a spirit of bullying.
 

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Has there ever been a more stirring sentence written than "He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword"? Even if you're not religious, a line that powerful just induces goosebumps. The lyrics to "Battle Hymn" are some of the best of any song that I've ever heard. Dixie is a great and fun tune, and it's difficult to really compare them given that they tend to serve different purposes. If I had to go with one, it would most likely have to be the Battle Hymn.

I feel like this question may elicit some biased responses, however. Would it not be better to compare, for example, "Dixie vs The Bonnie Blue Flag" and "The Battle Cry of Freedom vs The Battle Hymn of the Republic"? Just a thought.
Songs about killing give you goosebumps? In a positive or negative way? I dont take most songs literally.... so if I hum Battle hymn of the republic i have no intention loosing lightning from some terrible swift sword....... so that line isn't particularly powerful to me I reckon
 
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Songs about killing give you goosebumps? In a positive or negative way? I dont take most songs literally.... so if I hum Battle hymn of the republic i have no intention loosing lightning from some terrible swift sword....... so that line isn't particularly powerful to me I reckon
It's poetic, awe-inspiring and often powerfully delivered. Consider it positive or negative, whichever you wish.
 
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