The Liberty Bell (3:45)

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This lively march was originally composed in 1893 to be part of a planned operetta, “The Devil’s Deputy”. After the financing fell through, Sousa renamed the march after Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell. Sousa sold the march to the John Church Company, making it the first composition to bring Sousa a significant income.

Long popular with marching bands in both the United States and abroad, the march was chosen by members of the British comedy troupe “Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ for their television series in 1969, partially for its lively melody, but also because by that time it was out of copyright. It is alleged that the association with the comedy series led to the music falling out of favour with British army bands at public ceremonies.

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  • znourr

    And now for something completely different…

    16 Jan 10:39pm Reply
  • CamilloRota

    It's

    11 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Ephiros

    Hogs of War, my childhood !

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • reagan0

    Try playing this and marching exhibition drill.

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • tremuse

    Try marching to this!

    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • matters77

    It's...

    6 Oct 2011 Reply
  • UalferingHC

    This schould be the National Anthem of every fucking Country! The World sounds nice

    11 Aug 2011 Reply
  • jaycooluk

    "I agree. But our anthem written by.....you know.....one of them......not sure about that " <--- he not probably one of our lot originally? May be able to justify it. I'll ask the Coalition.

    27 Dec 2010 Reply
  • EclecticEyez

    Ahhh....immediately brings up images of Monty Python paper-cut animations coupled with vulgar sound-effects *_*

    20 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ejtc1

    I agree. But our anthem written by.....you know.....one of them......not sure about that

    13 Aug 2010 Reply
  • smee85

    this should be the national anthem of england

    31 Jul 2010 Reply
  • BlackDragonAJ89

    It's not a bad march... but yeah, I does bring Monty Python to mind...

    10 Jan 2010 Reply
  • beatrice234

    fav.

    12 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Zlotythepoet

    I'm sorry, but this just conjures up images of giant feet.

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • moose6619

    To different generations and different people, this song means different things. I knew it before Monty Python, but I associate this with Monty Python. Kind of like the Lone Ranger theme... could be worse!

    7 Jun 2009 Reply
  • trumpetrock

    ohmygod you people. This was written and well-received beforeeee Monty Python.

    13 May 2009 Reply
  • Classicissimo

    And now it's... Monty Python's flying circusss!!!!!!! XD

    19 Mar 2009 Reply
  • moose6619

    Monty Python RULES!!! As does this song. :)

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • ikabupini

    "monteeeee pythonnn's flyiiiing ciiiiircus!" =D

    23 Aug 2008 Reply
  • carolhadrich

    Monty Python Flying Circus´ opening theme! \o/

    30 Oct 2007 Reply
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