Sunday, June 26, 2005

Ode To ACS 'Plagiarised' School Anthem

This one scandal. I read the comments of the previous entry about a song that shares a similar melody with another, and started researching on another example that I knew about, the school song of Anglo Chinese School that has the melody of one of Canada's unofficial national anthems, The Maple Leaf Forever. I spent six years in ACS but never bothered to check up on this, and what I found was quite... interesting. Now, everyone who has a copy of the Student's Handbook would know that the ACS school song is to be 'sung to the tune of The Maple Leaf'. What isn't mentioned is that the lyrics seem to be also plagiarised somewhat from the Canadian song as well (at least the first stanza)!
ACS School Anthem In days of yore from western shores Oldham dauntless hero came And planted a Beacon of Truth and Light In this island of the Main. Here may it stand from year to year Emblem of grand endeavour The regions round echo the sound Of A.C.S. forever. *Sing A.C.S. forever more, our A.C.S. forever. God save our land and heaven bless our A.C.S. forever. Our students hail from China's plains and the Land of Rising Sun. We have many sons from India's strand and the islands of the Main. Our hearts our hopes our aims are one. No discord e'er will sever. We'll stand together for the cause of A.C.S. forever. ~Henry Martyn Hoisington The Maple Leaf Forever In days of yore, from Britain's shore, Wolfe, the dauntless hero came, And planted firm Britannia's flag, On Canada's fair domain. Here may it wave, our boast, our pride, And joined in love together, The thistle, shamrock, rose entwine, The Maple Leaf forever! *The Maple Leaf, our emblem dear, The Maple Leaf forever! God save our King, and Heaven bless, The Maple Leaf forever! At Queenston Heights and Lundy's Lane, Our brave fathers, side by side, For freedom, homes, and loved ones dear, Firmly stood and nobly died; And those dear rights which they maintained, We swear to yield them never! Our watchword evermore shall be, The Maple Leaf forever! ~Alexander Muir
Click here to download the Canadian version by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (available for the next 7 days.) I guess maybe this was acceptable in the old days. Nowadays, get marks deducted for the essay if do things like changing some of the words and submitting it. Nonetheless, I think Hoisington (God bless his soul) did a good job 'sampling' the original (and it probably sounds even better). I suspect most ACS students like our school song more than our country's national anthem LOL. Anyway, I also found this school website that says ACS stands for 'Academic achievements, Christian Character, and Sportsmanship and Service beyond self.' And all these years I'd thought that ACS stands for All Can Swim and Area Cleaning Specialist. I learn something new everyday...

6 comments:

A.Ball.of.Yarn said...

hahahaa....I've never heard that last bit about A.C.S before.:) funny.

tausarpiah said...

i do like it more than the national anthem ... it's the only school anthem i sing just for pleasure ...

Mr Wang Says So said...

Perhaps the oldest example of musical plagiarisation comes from the alphabet song and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". Both have the same melody.

jeffyen said...

Trompe, I think they invented it in more recent times lol

wows, no contest really, national anthem and school song hahaa

mr wang, I can't believe it! How long has all this been going on?! What would they tell me next, that Santa Claus is not real?!

uaretroublesome said...

definitely All Can Swim

Anonymous said...

My search for the acs credit card brought me here.

Well almost all can swim, I had a classmate who was still struggling with it when we were in Sec 4.

Anyway back to the anthem, it was something every ACS boy would sing with gusto. We didn't like singing the national anthem and some of us would just move our mouths without uttering a single word but when it came to the weekly singing of the school anthem, you can be sure every single student was singing his heart out.

Even after we left school, we would at times get really smashed in zouk and then out of nowhere someone would burst into the ACS anthem and before you know it, half the people in MTV Bar (if you are old enough to know what it is) will be proudly singing ACS Forever.