COGH EXCLUSIVE: the alternative English national anthem I wrote about 3 years ago

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Secular Anthem for Patriot Souls

We shall not damage the acres we’ve tilled
Nor shall the pylons fall
We shall not ruin our highways with soil
Or resurrect Hadrian’s Wall
England we build you from brick and from stone
From silicon, iron and steel
We build you from networks and friendship and love
From barley, wheat and meal
And we shall find glory
As long as we build thus:
We build a new England
An England for us

With nuclear power and wireless net, our
Country is freshly reborn
So wave your mobile phones in the air
So sound the driver’s horn!
Through battle and empire our country expressed
An obsolete triumph of kings
Now arts and sports and sciences boast
The pride for which we sing:
A nation of humans
From disparate source
Together we travel
Down England’s ripe course

In every meadow, in every machine
This nation breathes alive
And we breathe too, the nation’s to
Protect our golden hive
The world shall end, and we shall end
One sad day yet to come
And just as England once was not
Once built it will succumb
But we shall find glory
As long as we build thus:
We build a new England
An England for us

god, what was I thinking with 'networks' and that line about highways. whatever happened to gangsta andy partridge asking us to push our cars from the road ;_;

acoleuthic, Thursday, 18 November 2010 22:51 (eleven years ago) link

http://www.nimisis.com/images/1106/england_win_ashes.jpg

With nuclear power and wireless net

Pro Bono Impersonator (King Boy Pato), Thursday, 18 November 2010 22:57 (eleven years ago) link

We build you from networks and friendship and love would be a good advertising sting for Blackberry imo.

Pro Bono Impersonator (King Boy Pato), Thursday, 18 November 2010 22:58 (eleven years ago) link

and scientology

Goths in Home & Away in my lifetime (darraghmac), Thursday, 18 November 2010 22:58 (eleven years ago) link

wireless net kinda completely defines britain in 2010 tbf

but yeah point taken, still q proud of the 2nd and 3rd stanzas

argh you're so right abt blackberry, crypto-technologist corporate agenda be damned

acoleuthic, Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:00 (eleven years ago) link

*waves mobile phone in the air*

sarahel, Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:10 (eleven years ago) link

haha bit of a u-turn on that one eh

acoleuthic, Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:10 (eleven years ago) link

needs 'john terry is a cunt' in there somewhere, surely

Goths in Home & Away in my lifetime (darraghmac), Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:12 (eleven years ago) link

your own versions are encouraged

acoleuthic, Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:13 (eleven years ago) link

you are building a new england
and you also found another girl

estela, Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:16 (eleven years ago) link

And when the tides have ebbed and flowed
o'er ingerland's sweet history
remember well the glory owed
to 451's sweet mystery

brethren all, defying all
yon glorious anglo-saxon
in war, in commerce, soccerball
john terry loves his mum's tongue action

Goths in Home & Away in my lifetime (darraghmac), Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:16 (eleven years ago) link

1066 and all that
is such old hat
just remember this 'un
the number, 51

Pro Bono Impersonator (King Boy Pato), Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:20 (eleven years ago) link

lol

estela, Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:21 (eleven years ago) link

if, likely as not, that verse should appal
with complaints against content or scansion
consider the wisdom of asking at all
for an irishman's brit national anthem

Goths in Home & Away in my lifetime (darraghmac), Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:37 (eleven years ago) link

this is strong enough for me to call you out on this:

With nuclear power and wireless net, our
Country is freshly reborn

bullshit enjambment, raise the damn bar young L

aerosmith: the acid house years (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:39 (eleven years ago) link

general rule in re: enjambment = "will anyone notice, ever, even an hundred years from now? ok then I better keep at it" imo

aerosmith: the acid house years (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:39 (eleven years ago) link

careful y'all he's had at least three american drinks he's liable to critique damn-near just bout anything

Goths in Home & Away in my lifetime (darraghmac), Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:40 (eleven years ago) link

enjamb
this you
sod

acoleuthic, Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:42 (eleven years ago) link

fair
enough though, youthful
airs and graces lead
to bad
habits

acoleuthic, Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:42 (eleven years ago) link

With nuclear power and the occasional shower
This country is freshly reborn

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:44 (eleven years ago) link

hahahahahaha A+++

acoleuthic, Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:44 (eleven years ago) link

england, up and atom!
though let me split no hairs
for all such of your modern airs
you're still taking orders from windsor heirs

Goths in Home & Away in my lifetime (darraghmac), Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:46 (eleven years ago) link

if I decide to make a successor to Anarchy In The UK, those words will be considered

acoleuthic, Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:47 (eleven years ago) link

I am an anti-Christ
I am an ILXorist
Don't know what I want
but I know how to poll it
I wanna SB
ITV
'cause I... wanna B...
B... C...
On my TV!

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:49 (eleven years ago) link

enjamb
this you
sod

lol WCW in the damn house

aerosmith: the acid house years (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:49 (eleven years ago) link

hide your plums!

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:50 (eleven years ago) link

if I decide to make a successor to Anarchy In The UK, those words will be considered

― acoleuthic,

you're considering plagiarism with feckless frivolity;
i'm remembering faminetime five ships a day,
accounting for current hibernian poverty,
i'm anticipating a further case of 'british fail to pay'

Goths in Home & Away in my lifetime (darraghmac), Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:54 (eleven years ago) link

lol WCW in the damn house

Metalheads at a Wetnurse show

acoleuthic, Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:57 (eleven years ago) link

eleven years pass...

Update for brexit

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Friday, 14 January 2022 01:00 (six days ago) link

Boris relying on LJ to get him out of another fine mess

Pre-Raphaelite Brah (King Boy Pato), Friday, 14 January 2022 07:15 (six days ago) link


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