"Here we go, here we go", sung to the tune of the Sousa march Stars and Stripes Forever, is a chant commonly associated with English football fans. It amuses British people that Sousa's rousing marches are played, without fail, at the inauguration of American presidents, as the Earwig song seems to be a favourite (Earwig-o, earwig-o, earwig-o-oh!), not to mention the Monty Python theme music, which Americans perhaps know better as The Liberty Bell. ....
....George Bush the elder used Stars and Stripes Forever, akas the Earwig Song, at his inauguration ceremony.
George W. Bush the Younger also employed the Earwig Song.
However, Bill Clinton gave British viewers the full house by using not only the Earwig Song but also the Monty Python theme music at his inauguration. Well founded rumour has it that the British diplomatic and political contingent had to be shushed, as a sotto-voce but growing susurration of ere we go, 'ere we go, 'ere we go-o could be heard from the cheap diplomatic seats, down in Roundworld's equivalent of the prime location other worlds reserve on these occassions for the Teacher's Guild.
Non-clued up Americans were also heard wondering why the Brits, or at least some of them, blew a well-choreographed raspberry on the end of the thirty-second bar of The Liberty Bell and wondered if some subtle insult were being implied here. --AgProv 11:10, 18 August 2008 (UTC)
It remains to be seen today (20th January 2009) which of these fine Sousa tunes will be used by Barack Obama. --AgProv 09:49, 20 January 2009 (UTC)
I don't know the page reference off hand so I'll post this here for the moment. But the whole coffee-and-doughnut scene with Sham Harga - "black as a moonless night..." - is a lift from off-the-wall American drama Twin Peaks, where the detective investigating a murder takes time out at a donut shop. (Hey, this is America, they spell it differently). AgProv (talk) 02:11, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
- ...but Twin Peaks began in 1990, a year after publication of Guards! Guards!. --Old Dickens (talk) 03:03, 11 July 2014 (UTC)