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Cry for England
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The expression 'cry for England' has enough double-meaning to at least attempt a song about this once proud nation. There is barely a square inch of this globe that this old lady hasn't pillaged or nurtured, loved or hated.
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Al Stravinsky


Tue Jun 06, 2006
Rock : Folk Rock
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About the song
I put this in 'folk rock' because it's basically a folk song, but with an electronic rockyness to it - I'm open to suggestions though. I stumbled on the expression 'cry for England' , and realised it had enough double-meaning to at least attempt a song about this once proud nation. There is barely a square inch of this globe that this old lady hasn't pillaged or nurtured, loved or hated. It's nearly all sequenced, except vocals and acoustic guitars, using: two basic drum loops by Groovemasters; Moog bass; treated piano and strings; lots of synthy sounds and persussion; Vocoder; lots of effects; and lots of automation during mixdown, for which Reason is very well suited. I recorded this in mid-May 2006.
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Verse1
Oh dear lady, where now your pride?
And where your dignity?
Once you held your head high and faced the world,
But your power is gone with the glory.
Now you sit forlorn in borrowed dress,
Surrendering all the victories you've won -
I could cry for England to see what you've become.

Verse2
Fearsome was your reputation,
Boundless was your greed,
Built your empire in the name of God
With the shame of slavery.
And in your domain's eternal day
You taught the world both how to work and how to play -
Now I could cry for England to hear the things they say.

Verse3
I was born in your bewildered isle,
I came by boat and train, I flew;
To tower block, council house, sleepy town,
Inner city, mews and palace too.
I search for my place in this new world, for my identity,
Still I feel your spirit calling me;
And your flag flies in my heart wherever I may roam,
And I cry for England 'cos England is my home.