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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)
    We sang “God Save The Queen” in Scotland,
    Jersey, Wales & Northern Ireland,
    The Seychelles, Oman,
    Guyana & Iran,
    From Manila to Syria,
    It appeared loud & clear,
    It went headstrong into Hong Kong,
    Australia & Tanzania,
    Whether it’s in New Zealand or Zimbabwe,
    Antigua or Malawi,
    Come join in the party,
    From Somalia to Bahrain,
    The Sun never sets,
    From South Africa to Egypt,
    Afghanistan to Jamaica,
    Fiji to the Emirates,
    This was an international chorus,
    Heard from Malaysia to Honduras,
    So a Bengali in a World War,
    Could die with a Bajan in Gibraltar,
    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,
    This melody was a big hit in Iraq,
    A century before Bush attacked,
    It charted in Ghana & Botswana,
    Sri Lanka & Trinidad,
    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?
    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,
    But it still pushed the Red, White & Blue,
    From Brunei to Singapore,
    Former Pakistan & Bermuda,
    Cyprus & Cameroon,
    Some Canadians know this ancient tune,
    Much like Indians & Namibians,
    St Lucians & Tasmanians,
    Yemeni & Nigerians,
    From the Hebrides to the Caymans,
    It’s been sung by some Grenadians,
    From the Colonies to the Commonwealth,
    The Protectorate & its neighbours,
    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?
    .(c) Mr Gee 2012-03-14


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