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Phil Drane – The English Lament (George's Tale) lyrics

What have they done to this land I was born in?
Whatever possessed them to tear out it's heart?
For more than a thousand years it's been England,
And then in one single lifetime, they've torn it apart.
And what have they done to the indigenous English
Whose forefathers lived and toiled on this land?
Is this really the England they fought for and died for?
Is Blair's New British perversion the future they had planned?
And did we really invite all these strangers to come here?
Did they come with intentions we don't understand?
Are we just victims and pawns in this New British Empire
They've built on our English birthright, our culture, and our land?
And now our cities can be strange and alien places,
Where segregation prevails, integration near none
And since the British began this plantation of England;
Untold millions of ethnic English have gone.

First Chorus:
(For we were) One country, now we're divided,
Since the British stole away our sovereignty
(Yes we were) one people, once united,
Then the British stole away our identity
And robbed us of our ethnicity.

Now we've no political say in the shaping of England,
Though our forebears for centuries defended these shores
No unified voice for the disempowered English,
No heroes to champion our nationalist cause.
And now our young urban English see no future in England
They've been detached from their roots, and their birthright? It's stillborn
What price the blood sweat and tears our people she'd for this country?
They've sacrificed our existence for their New British dawn.
So now the ways of us English are fast disappearing,
British cultural oppression ' that's what's winning the day,
We're Britain's first, and now final colonial conquest,
And piece by piece, bit by bit, they're stealing England away.
So who made me a stranger in this land I was born in?
Those who seek to cleanse England of people like me
Those New British thievers who lied and deceived us
They won't rest until England is Englishness-free.

They stole our passion and pride; our English birthright denied
Our English anthem refused; our human rights they've abused
Our nation's flag they deride; our ethnic roots they've decried
When did we give them the right to tear our country apart?

Final Chorus:
(For we were) One England, now we're divided;
Since the British stole away our sovereignty.
(Yes we were) one English people, once united;
Then the British stole away our identity.
And robbed us of our ethnicity; and stripped us of our dignity.

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