"Waving Flags" as written by Martin Noble, Jan Wilkinson, Neil Wilkinson and Matthew Wood....
You are astronomical fans of alcohol
So welcome in
Are rising in the East and setting in the West
All waving flags

We're all waving flags now
Waving flags
But don't be scared

And you, you will be here for a while
And it's all a joke
Oh, it's all a joke
Oh

Are here of legal drinking age, on minimum wage
Well, welcome in
From across the Vistula, you've come so very far
All waving flags

We're all waving flags now
Waving flags
But don't be scared

'Cause you, you will be here for a while
And it's all a joke
Oh, it's all a joke
Oh

Beer is not dark
Beer is not light
It just tastes good
Especially tonight

(Oh welcome in)

So welcome in, we are barbarians
Oh welcome in, across the Carpathians
Oh welcome in, we are from Slavia
Oh welcome in, across the stadion (?)
Oh we cant fail, not with Czech ecstasy
No we won't fail, not with Czech ecstasy
So welcome in


Lyrics submitted by petermela, edited by elisegrey

"Waving Flags" as written by Jan Scott Wilkinson Jan Wilkinson

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  • +4
    General Commentthis seems to address the modern British "fear" of immagration from the east of Europe into the UK. The lyrics argue for inclusion and run counter to the tabloid scare tactics of the Daily Mail and its ilk. The waving of flags image is a neat one: while admitting diversity it also suggests nonagression, an act of peace. The references to beer link with the band's Budvar interests: Czech Ecstacsy indeed! The immigrants, far from threatening, are welcomed openly in the song.
    regulus43on January 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfeels like a patriotic song to me
    brindleon February 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like that interpretation regulus43.

    I almost get the impression of them being at the pub watching the match with some mates. Some Czechs show up and they tell them they're welcome in the bar. Their race and country doesn't matter. Only their love of beer and sport.

    And that's a good metaphor for the larger picture of the immigration issues.
    tommygon February 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with regulus43.

    I just wanted to add that in the CD booklet, 12 international maritime signal flags are shown above the lyrics.
    They spell the letters of the phrase "If not now, when?"
    yewbarrowon March 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlyrics are kinda silly, but i really like the shoegaze feel.
    sweetblisson March 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentat glasto (not that i was there, i read it in nme hahaha) they sang this song wiht the bulgarian national choir so that would back up what the others are saying above ^^^
    *star*girl*on July 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentregulus43, you've hit the nail on the head. I wonder why so few people have commented on BSP's songs? They're far too good to ignore.
    dthetreeon September 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThese aren't even close to the real lyrics.

    You are astronomical fans of alcohol, so welcome in. Earth arising in the East and setting in the West, all waving flags. (chorus) And you, you're only here for a while and it's all a joke, it's all a joke. Are you of legal drinking age? on minimum wage? well welcome in. From across the vistula, you've come so very far, all waving flags. (chorus) Beer is not dark, beer is not light, it just tastes good, especially tonight. Oh welcome in, 'cross the carpathians, welcome in, we are barbarians, welcome in across the stadia, oh we cant fail, not with Czech ecstasy etc. etc.
    tony300on March 06, 2013   Link

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