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The Battle To Be Our Other Anthem


Ajax Mike wrote me a note today calling me out for referring to the Hockey Night in Canada theme as our second national anthem.  The song, recently bought by CTV, was referred to as "our second national anthem" by yours truly in this recent entry.

Ajax Mike has a good memory, and he remembers this entry I wrote almost three years ago.  In that entry I argued that Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" is our other national anthem, or our second national anthem, if you will.

On July 2nd of this year, Canada's Live 8 concert took place in Barrie, Ontario.  Neil Young closed the show with three fantastic songs, ending with "Rockin' In The Free World".  Joining him for this song were the other performers from the Barenaked Ladies to Blue Rodeo and The Tragically Hip.  Here's a photo of Neil Young and Gord Downie singing this tune.
On September 19th of this year, Pearl Jam sang Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" during their second and final encore of that night in Toronto, Ontario.  Joining him on stage was none other than Bono of U2, creating a moment for the ages.  Here's a photo of Eddie Vedder and Bono singing this tune.

Something has to give.  Which one of these tunes is our second national anthem?  Is it "The Hockey Theme" or "Rockin' In The Free World"?

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