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England

A prehistoric man felled a tree and found it would float
And he set off to sea in his primitive boat
And discovered that Eden wasn’t quite so remote
In fact... it was just across the Channel in England
So he paddled back again, he got his wife and his kids
And his cousins and said “hey now, come and see this”
“I’ve found a new place to live, it’s absolute bliss”
“And it’s just across the Channel in England”
And he said “it’s a privilege to be here
It’s always the place I’ll call home
And if I ever feel unlucky to be here
Just remind me what it is to me
The geography, the history
The reason I’m standing so tall
Is the reason I’ve come to this place after all”

A few thousand years later some tourists from Rome
Called it civilisation as they piled up the bones
But they had problems with Vandals
And they had to go home
But some stayed back to help to build England
Then the Angles and Saxons and Vikings and Jutes
All took it in turns to bag hold of the loot
Till the Normans got sick of their daily commute
And thought they might as well live here in England

Chorus
Cos it’s always a privilege to be here
It’s always the place I’ll call home
And if I ever feel unlucky to be here
Just remind me what it is to me
The geography, the history
The reason I’m standing so tall
Is the reason they come to this place after all

Well, all of our neighbours then wanted a fight
Till the French got fed up and the Spanish took flight
Hey, but even the Germans have turned out alright
Everyone’s welcome in England
And your typical local, genetics will tell
There’s a rainbow of nations there under the shell
And there’s probably a smidgeon of Martian as well
Well, their first stop was bound to be England (chorus)

So when you hear today’s
Englishmen and women complain
“They come over here and they never fit in”
Well, all down the centuries it was ever the same
That’s how we’ve all come to be here in England (chorus)

Words and music copyright (C) 2015 Den Miller

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from A Headful of Fancies, released April 25, 2015
Written and performed by Den Miller with choir: Joel Griffiths, Sue Hall, Jennie Kiff, Tony Levy, Mark Lunn, Louise Miller, Rosemary Miller, Frances Powell, and Carolyn Williams

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