This Is England

Album: Cut the Crap (1985)
  • I hear a gang fire on a human factory farm
    Are they howling out or doing somebody harm
    On a catwalk jungle somebody grabbed my arm
    A voice spoke so cold it matched the weapon in her palm

    This is England
    This knife of Sheffield steel
    This is England
    This is how we feel

    Time on his hands freezing in those clothes
    He won't go for the carrot
    They beat him by the pole
    Some sunny day confronted by his soul
    He's out at sea, too far off, he can't go home

    This is England
    What we're supposed to die for
    This is England
    And we're never gonna cry no more

    Black shadow of the Vincent
    Falls on a Triumph line
    I got my motorcycle jacket
    But I'm walking all the time
    South Atlantic wind blows
    Ice from a dying creed
    I see no glory
    When will we be free

    This is England
    We can chain you to the rail
    This is England
    We can kill you in a jail

    The British boots go kick them
    Got 'em in the head
    Police ain't watchin'
    The newspapers been read
    Who cares to protest
    A (???) in the eye like a flare
    Out came the batons and
    The British warned themselves

    This is England
    The land of (il)legal dances
    This is England
    Land of a thousand stances
    This is England
    This knife of Sheffield steel
    This is England
    This is how we feel
    This is England
    This is England Writer/s: Bernard Rhodes, Joe Strummer
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Vickie from Vancouver IslandPeter is right. This song is out of date by a mile.
  • Peter from Ottawa, OnThis song was written in 1983 and speaks of problems of the time in Thatcher era England. Issues such as inner city crime, unemployment, racism, the Falklands War, dying British industry, and the rise of a nationalist sub-culture in the white lower classes.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Chris Squire of Yes

Chris Squire of YesSongwriter Interviews

One of the most dynamic bass player/songwriters of his time, Chris is the only member of Yes who has been with the band since they formed in 1968.

Janet Jackson

Janet JacksonFact or Fiction

Was Janet secretly married at 18? Did she gain 60 pounds for a movie role that went to Mariah Carey? See what you know about Ms. Jackson.

British Invasion

British InvasionFact or Fiction

Go beyond The Beatles to see what you know about the British Invasion.

Randy Houser

Randy HouserSongwriter Interviews

The "How Country Feels" singer talks Skynyrd and songwriting.

Spooner Oldham

Spooner OldhamSongwriter Interviews

His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."

Yoko Ono

Yoko OnoSongwriter Interviews

At 80 years old, Yoko has 10 #1 Dance hits. She discusses some of her songs and explains what inspired John Lennon's return to music in 1980.