[YOUTUBE="bg2G5gf9GHk"]The Hockey Song (a.k.a. The Good Ol' Hockey Game)[/YOUTUBE]
Are they written specifically about your country or have they been adopted?
Definitely about Canada.
What language are they sung in? (eg. is it the first official language of your country? Another dialect? etc)
English. Drunken, slurred English...
Are they religious or secular in nature?
Seriously. I'm not joking. The concept of "the hockey gods" is an old one. It's not well documented; you're not going to find even a Wikipedia article on the subject. It's sort of like karma: your team will do well if you follow a largely unwritten code of conduct. Not following that code of conduct incurs the wrath of the hockey gods.
For example, one hypothesis for why the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins this past season is because they angered the hockey gods with cowardly play (the team became noted for diving to draw penalties), taunting their opponents (in particular Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, who proclaimed himself better than opposing goalie Tim Thomas, who coincidentally won the deciding game with a shutout (meaning he didn't allow any goals) while Luongo allowed three goals on only 20 shots (an 85% save percentage; anything less than 90 is considered poor in the NHL)), and deliberately trying to injure opponents. The city of Vancouver itself went on to draw the ire of the hockey gods after rioting following the loss, just as they had the last time the Canucks were in the Stanley Cup finals in 1994.
This probably sounds quite ridiculous, but I kid you not people really do believe that a hockey team's fate is directly related to its conduct on and off the ice. Being honourable is more important than being talented.
And that's not even getting into the superstitions like never leaving a game early as a spectator, keeping the jersey you wear in good order and never treating it with disrespect (such as letting it touch ground or worse yet stepping on it), never touching the Clarence Campbell Bowl or the Prince of Wales Trophy, growing a playoff beard, etc.
What sorts of imagery/setting/time periods do they evoke?
Cold, blustery Saturday nights spent in front of the TV, watching Hockey Night in Canada.
What sorts of occasions are they sung?
Hockey games, and the aforementioned Saturday night mass.
How do you think the subject matter reflects on your culture?
Oh boy, that's a loaded question... It's one of a handful of songs, maybe even the only song other than "O Canada", that almost every Canadian has few qualms about singing aloud in public. In that way it reflects that, despite our differences (and trust me boy-o, there are differences...), all Canadians will come together over hockey.
Maybe it goes back to the hockey gods like I mentioned earlier: you will succeed if you act honourably.
Do you like them, or do you feel indifferent or alienated by them?
It's hokey but sure I like it, for what it is.
I just want to know if the "Bobby" who scored was Bobby Orr or Bobby Hull.