John Ewbank withdraws Het Koningslied (Kings Song): Video

John Ewbank withdraws Het Koningslied (Kings Song): Video

Koningslied is a song that was written for upcoming investiture of prince Willem-Alexander as King of the Netherlands, and it seems the song caused a little controversy after it reached first position on the iTunes chart.

Below you can see the Het Koningslied YouTube video, because it saw heavy criticism it left John Ewbank to withdraw the (Kings Song). The lyrics included rap and in the end people came forward and fiercely ridiculed and criticized it, so much so journalist Sylvia Witteman started an online petition that gained over 38,000 signatures.

Many alternative King’s Songs released on YouTube, some say the song was unconventional and should not be used for the inauguration of new Dutch king Willem-Alexander.

The song is not in English but the Metro said some of the lyrics included ‘I build a dyke with my bare hands and keep the water away’ and ‘through wind and rain I’ll stand beside you… I’ll keep you safe as long as I live’.

The song was ridiculed and some citizens threatened to leave the country; the song will not be preformed at Willem-Alexander’s swearing-in after composer John Ewbank withdrew it.

75-year-old Queen Beatrix will be replaced by the King who will be taking her place on the throne, please do watch the video below and let us know what you think of it?

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