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Fly the Flag

Stiff Little Fingers
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[1980]
Album: Nobody's heroes

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The song "Fly the Flag" on Fingers' second album, "Nobody's Heroes" is a classic but the lyrics are clearly open to misinterpretation. It is actually an attack on right-wing Conservative politics in general and on Margaret Thatcher (then British prime minister) in particular. The selfish "me" politics of the eighties is conveyed in the "gimme gimme gimme" refrain…
Gimme a country that's red white and blue
Gimme the British way honest and true
Gimme the chance to be one of the few
Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme

Gimme a nation where people are free
Free to do and free to be
Free to screw you before you screw me

Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme

'Cos I'm alright
I'm alright, Union Jack
Fly the flag

Gimme a Britain that's got back the Great
A race of winners not cramped by the State
And only the helpless get left at the gate
Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme

'Cos I'm alright
I'm alright, Union Jack
Fly the flag

I'm alright
I'm alright, Union Jack
Fly the flag,
Fly the flag!
Fly the flag!

inviata da giorgio - 29/6/2010 - 19:31



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