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Damjan Murko: Slovenia’s very own celebutard.
Slovenia’s legal code doesn’t have anything like Turkey’s infamous Article 301, and that’s why folks like Damjan Murko can get away with butchering the national anthem without going to jail for two to three years.
Slovenia’s anthem is an otherwise magnificent work. You can hear it here. [Right click and save as…] This may get me in trouble with some people, but I like Croatia’s anthem a bit more; at least musically. In terms of content, nothing in the world tops Slovenia’s epic Zdravljica. Have you ever listened to national anthems? They all seem to follow a similar pattern:
O, [insert country name here], you are totally beautiful,
Your [select one or more: lakes, seas, rivers, mountains, valley, parking lots] are just so awesome,
obviously much better than anywhere else,
I totally want to spill my blood all over you,
Compare this with Slovenia’s anthem, which:
1) Doesn’t mention Slovenia
2) Doesn’t even mention any rivers or natural wonders,
3) Calls for blessings on “all nations”,
4) Calls for freedom for all, friendship and peace.
Seriously, can anyone top that? Here is an anthem that doesn’t celebrate its host country, but celebrates our own common humanity and the noble goal of world peace. It makes me want to hug the whole world and tell it how much I love it.
But first I want to totally destroy Murko.