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An Empire Under the sun

Mr Gee poet on March 14, 2012 18:30

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    An Empire Under the Sun (broadcast March 2012)
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    We sang “God Save The Queen” in Scotland,
    Jersey, Wales & Northern Ireland,
    The Seychelles, Oman,
    Guyana & Iran,
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    From Manila to Syria,
    It appeared loud & clear,
    It went headstrong into Hong Kong,
    Australia & Tanzania,
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    Whether it’s in New Zealand or Zimbabwe,
    Antigua or Malawi,
    Come join in the party,
    From Somalia to Bahrain,
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    The Sun never sets,
    From South Africa to Egypt,
    Afghanistan to Jamaica,
    Fiji to the Emirates,
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    This was an international chorus,
    Heard from Malaysia to Honduras,
    So a Bengali in a World War,
    Could die with a Bajan in Gibraltar,
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    Sung by the sands of the Sudan,
    Or even by the first Americans,
    They all heard the same brass band,
    That played in Uganda & Vietnam,
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    This melody was a big hit in Iraq,
    A century before Bush attacked,
    It charted in Ghana & Botswana,
    Sri Lanka & Trinidad,
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    When Nepalese soldiers fought in the Falklands,
    They heard this anthem roaring,
    And didn’t they all salute then?
    And didn’t we all applaud them?
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    It’s been played with trumpets & flutes,
    It’s been played with rifles & swords,
    When some declared it as the “truth”,
    Others weren’t so sure,
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    But it still pushed the Red, White & Blue,
    From Brunei to Singapore,
    Former Pakistan & Bermuda,
    Cyprus & Cameroon,
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    Some Canadians know this ancient tune,
    Much like Indians & Namibians,
    St Lucians & Tasmanians,
    Yemeni & Nigerians,
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    From the Hebrides to the Caymans,
    It’s been sung by some Grenadians,
    From the Colonies to the Commonwealth,
    The Protectorate & its neighbours,
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    For hundreds of years these countries have cheered for “God to save this noble throne”,
    So who would now then jeer, if they want some “saving” of their own?
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    .(c) Mr Gee 2012-03-14

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