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We started this "lament" for the Old Country in the 80s and revived it with more modern misdeeds. Along the way it pays musical homage to Brit pop –XTC, Who, Squeeze and a bit of wotever yer fancy.
It’s a sad sad story, Mother England / But I fear you stayed abroad too long
It’s a sad sad story, Mother England – things have all gone wrong
They all bowed low before Your Highness / But we know that empires rise and fall
It’s a sad sad story, Mother England – now you’ve lost it all
Once half the world was in your hands / You sucked the life from foreign lands
You ruled the waves and waived the rules
Then all at once your sun went down / They plucked the jewel back from your crown
And left you standing there like fools, fools, fools…
And now there’s a whole new generation / Who don’t respect the Union Jack
It’s a sad sad story, Mother England – now you can’t turn back
Whatever happened to the Land of Hope and Glory? / Still rattling your sabre near and far
You were born to rule, now you can’t even fool… Britannia / Fool Britannia…
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