There’ll Always be an England

Words by Hugh Charles

Music by Ross Parker & Harry Par-Davies, 1939

There’ll always be an England was published in 1939, immediately prior to the outbreak of World War II with which it remains identified. It was rejected by countless sheet music publishers, but the two Englishmen persisted and it was finally accepted by the Gordon V. Thompson music-publishing company in Toronto.

There’ll always be an England,
While there’s a country lane,
Wherever there’s a cottage small
Beside a field of grain.

There’ll always be an England,
While there’s a busy street,
Wherever there’s a turning wheel
A million marching feet.

Red, white and blue,
What does it mean to you?
Surely you’re proud
Shout it aloud.

Britons awake!
The Empire too,
We can depend on you,
Freedom remains
These are the chains
Nothing can break.

There’ll always be an England,
And England shall be free,
If England means as much to you
As England means to me.

Random Quote

Which is the only nation competing to qualify for the 2010 World Cup that, when the two teams line up ahead of kick off, doesn’t have an anthem to call its own? Easy! Easy! England of course. Whatever the Scots, Welsh and at least half the Northern Irish’s view of the Royal Family, God Save the Queen is as much their anthem as ours, so why on earth doesn’t England get a tune that belongs to us?

— Mark Perryman, An Anthem to Call our Own, anthem4england.co.uk, 21 August, 2009

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