"Let England Shake" as written by and Polly / Harvey....
The West's asleep.
Let England shake, weighted down with silent dead.
I fear our blood won't rise again.
Won't rise again

England's dancing days are done.
Another day, Bobby, for you to come, home
And tell me, indifference has won won won.

Smile, smile Bobby, with your lovely mouth.
Pack up your troubles, and let's head out
To the fountain of death
And splash about, swim back forth
And laugh out loud,

Until the day is ending,
And the birds are silent in the branches,
And the insects are courting
And by the shores
Heavy stones are falling.

Smile, smile Bobby, with your lovely mouth.
Pack up your troubles, and let's head out
To the fountain of death
And splash about, swim back forth
And laugh out loud,


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"Let England Shake" as written by Polly / Harvey

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    General CommentMemorial of Anzac Cove, commemorating the loss of thousands of Ottoman and Anzac soldiers in Gallipoli.
    Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours... You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.
    – Atatürk 1934
    LES11on January 07, 2012   Link
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    General CommentApparently PJH started writing this album way back in 2007, so I'm sure that it has nothing to do with this except that she's commenting about violence and politics in general, but I'll always remember that I bought this album a couple of weeks before the london riots.
    sibilationon August 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWho's Bobby?
    QuintessODon September 22, 2011   Link
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    General Commentoh or bobby sands?
    blue412on December 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWell bobby is British slang for police, so could be construed as meaning our penchant for playing policeman of the world. Definitely makes sense in the context of the rest of the song.
    Lonelyascanbeon March 08, 2013   Link

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