NaPoWriMo 2015

NaPoWriMo #20 – A New National Anthem

So, you may have noticed that there has been a lot more anti-immigration rhetoric being thrown around than usual. It’s a sad reflection on our society that this rhetoric has only increased in the wake of the news that hundreds more people have died whilst trying to cross the Mediterranean. With this in mind, I’ve decided to write a new national anthem – sing it to whatever tune you like.


 

There’s Great in our name,
which seems a bit silly
when we’re really quite average at best.

Have you seen our country?
It’s pretty alright.
We wish it could be a bit better.

We’re four different countries
pressed into one
but the one in the middle
shouts the loudest.

There’s Great in our name,
which seems a bit silly
when we’re really quite average at best.

Oh, there’s England, of course,
who makes all the rules
and Scotland where life seems much fairer.

Old Wales has lungfuls of mountain fresh air
kept healthy by free state-run healthcare
and Ulster who lies
under fair Irish skies

There’s Great in our name,
which seems a bit silly
when we’re really quite average at best.

Come pay us a visit, should you get the chance
we owe our existence to you.
All the people who braved
our tumultuous waves
that we never did rule
just like King Canute, the fool.

There’s Great in our name,
which seems a bit silly
when we’re really quite average at best.
But we wouldn’t trade it in,
not for anything
and if you disagree, well
that’s up to you.

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