The Dutch fell all over each other in condemning and ridiculing the ‘Koningslied’ – Song for the King. ‘I herewith resign my Dutch citizenship’ one critic wrote immediately after the song was first aired Friday morning.
‘Koningslied’ immediately trended on Twitter and YouTube received so many complaints from Dutch listeners the song was temporarily blocked on the site. In the song, a quaint mix of styles including rap, one line exhorts the singers to put 3 fingers up to form a W for King Willem-Alexander. ‘Forget 3 fingers, just put 2 fingers in your ears’ disgusted listeners suggested.
Music producer John Ewbank expected criticism, but the country wide derision and condemnation must have come as a unpleasant surprise. The song was not only blasted for its music but also – if not even more – for its lyrics, which make for grammatically ‘challenged’ Dutch and offers little in encouragement for the new King.
[Composer John Ewbank on Saturday evening announced he has withdrawn the much maligned King's Song]
The idea to compose a new song for the King was aired soon after the announcement of the abdication of Queen Beatrix in January. It was proposed to let Dutch singers and songwriters come together to write a song for the new King Willem-Alexander, with textual input from the Dutch. Some 51 musicians and singers went to work with those contributions.
The plan went even further. The Dutch are to congregate at 7:30 PM on Queen’s Day – the day of the actual abdication and inauguration – to sing the song.
Community singing taken to the extreme as it is hoped the Dutch will do so in all citties and the Dutch Caribbean. The singing of the song will be shown live on television and will be watched by the new King and Queen as they get ready for a boat tour in Amsterdam. The song was intended to unite the Dutch in song. Well, as come critics commented on Friday, united it has: in rejection. © RoyalblogNL, Hans Jacobs
The translated text: There you are, you saw this moment so many times in your dreams The Dutch text: Daar sta je dan