Was Britain great when it hungered for war and blood
instead of spreading peace and love?
Was Britain great when we had ladies and lords
when we were stopped by the sword?
Was Britain great when we used concentration camps
killing over 30,000 people?
Was Britain great when we brought and sold human life
enslaving whole nations at the point of a knife?
Was Britain great when it turned its guns on its own people
hungry and desperate for a fair deal?
Was Britain great when the majority of its people were poor
struggling to survive?
Was Britain great when surviving childhood was an achievement
with child labour being the norm?
Was Britain great when it worked its people’s fingers
to their bone?
Was Britain great in Northern Ireland where we
brought destitution to a whole nation?
Was Britain great when we killed and killed
all for the sake of the rich mans greed?
Was Britain great in Africa, India, China and beyond
when it murdered all who didn’t dance to their song?
Was Britain great when it drew lines on a map
that from past until present make war instead of peace?
Was Britain great when it was a racist nation
that spread fear and hatred?
Was Britain great when Alan Turing was persecuted
because he preferred men to having a wife?
Was Britain great under a Thatcher government
that destroyed our industry and community too?
So next time you repeat those hollow words with your
hand on your heart,
remember your history, remember it right from the start
for people like me and you have struggled with each day anew
We have never had it easy that has been a luxury reserved for a few
They may lie and sing Britain was once great
but you have to ask yourself great for who?
I will let you in on a little secret
It was never great for me or for you