Olympic anthem of the day #6: Fiji!

Fijians celebrating their country's first-ever gold in their capital, Suva. Stolen - quite blatantly - from Feroz Khalil of AFP and Getty Images. So I really should give a credit

Fijians watching their country’s rugby sevens team win gold. Picture stolen – quite blatantly – from Feroz Khalil of AFP and Getty Images so I really should give a credit

There could only ever be one choice for today’s anthem after Fiji’s brilliant victory in the men’s rugby sevens yesterday – its first ever Olympic medal, let alone it’s first gold.

Which is a shame as Fiji’s anthem, God Bless Fiji, is awful, the sort of instantly forgettably hymn you find in so many former British colonies.

Fortunately, the music’s actually from a 1911 American gospel song called Dwelling in Beulah Land, which means you can find many great clips of American televangelists pretending to sing it online.

Yes, it is better with some boogie woogie piano and a harmonica solo.

The one great thing about Fiji’s anthem, though, is its lyrics, especially the Fijian ones (there are also lyrics in English and Hindi). “May our leaders be honourable men / Let them lead our people to great things,” it says in the chorus, a sentiment any country would want in their anthem. Although given it also includes a plea for those leaders to “bring an end to all things immoral”, perhaps not.

Apologies to any Fijians who stumble across this!

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