Just don’t say you’re English

Just don’t say you’re English

Goodbye to my England – so long my old friend,
Your days are now numbered, being brought to an end.
To be Scottish, or Irish, or Welsh, that’s just fine,
But don’t say you’re English, that’s way out of line.

The French and the Germans may call themselves such
As may the Norwegians, the Swedes, and the Dutch.
You can say you are Russian, or maybe a Dane,
But don’t dare say you’re English ever again.

At Broadcasting House that word is taboo
In Brussels they’ve scrapped it, in Parliament too.
Even schools are affected, staff do as they are told.
They mustn’t teach children about England of old.

Our pupils don’t seem to learn any more,
Of writers like Shakespeare, Milton and Shaw.
Of Agincourt, Hastings.Arnhem and Mons.
Where England lost hosts of her very brave sons.

We are not Europeans, how can we be?
Europe is miles away over the sea.
We’re the English from England, so let us be proud.
Stand up and be counted; shout it out loud.

Let’s tell our government and Brussels too,
We’re proud of our heritage and the Red,White and Blue.
Fly the flag of St George, or the Union Jack.
Let the whole wide world know,we want England back.

With acknowledgment to the London Police Pensioner

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