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Get creative. Rewrite the anthem!

UPDATE - March 5, 2010:  Since the writing of this entry, the federal government has decided that the lyrics to the national anthem will not be changed.  For that reason, we have closed this feature.  Thanks to all of you who participated.   You can read more on the story at CBC News.

Just imagine.  Your words, sung in school classrooms, citizenship ceremonies, and sports facilities across the land.  Or, how about just posted to The National blog?

As you've probably heard, Parliament is being asked to review part of the national anthem, specifically the line "True patriot love in all thy sons command", in the interests of making the lyrics more gender-inclusive.

The word "sons" may or may not bother you, but if you think the lyrics could be better, send us your suggestion.

Just remember, the new line should rhyme with "land".  If that's too constraining, feel free to expand the project and rewrite more lines.  Do the whole anthem if you like.

We'll feature some of the best ones on The National.

Here are the official lyrics to O Canada

    O Canada!
    Our home and native land!
    True patriot love in all thy sons command.

    With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
    The True North strong and free!

    From far and wide,
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

    God keep our land glorious and free!
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

A bit of history

Its English lyrics have been adapted several times over the years, but the current version is based on a poem written in 1908 by Stanley Weir.

It begins: "O Canada Our home and native land! True patriot love thou dost in us command."

Read the full history of the anthem, and listen to different versions of it at Canadian Heritage.

Here's a list of words that rhyme with "land"

One syllable

    and, band, banned, bland, brand, brande, canned, chand, fanned, gland, grand, grande, hand, land, lande, manned, panned, planned, rand, sand, sande, scanned, shand, spanned, stand, strand, strande, tanned, vande

Two syllables

    bourland, command, deland, demand, disband, expand, fernand, firsthand, hoiland, laband, lefthand, marchand, offhand, outmanned, remand, righthand, unmanned, unplanned, withstand

Three syllables

    meadowland, understand

Four syllables


Read the news story "O Canada lyrics to be reviewed" at CBCNews.

That should be enough to get you started.  We're looking forward to seeing your suggestions.