I remember when this idea was originally hatched… I began dreaming up a lyric to the tune, Jerusalem…
The rousing opening notes of the English anthem, “Jerusalem,” rose from the depths of a church organ. Then the tune veered into a jaunty hip-hop track, overlaid with less-than-rousing lyrics.
“You can use your mozzarella for some loft insulation,” intoned a rapper called Dandlion. “There’s only one cheese what’s rattlin’ the nation…it’s a crumbling mountain of…Cheddar.”
A local trade group in England has held a competition to create a new national anthem to cheddar, which was invented in the village of Cheddar 900 years ago. Contestants made music videos set to three patriotic British anthems — with some earnest, and some hilarious results.
The recorded track is one of scores that have been submitted to a British competition seeking a national anthem to Cheddar cheese. The hip-hop number grated a bit on a competition judge.
“I couldn’t catch all the words,” grumbled Nigel White, secretary of the British Cheese Board, the industry group which dreamed up the competition. Is a rap song “really what we want as an anthem?”