"Oh England My Lionheart" as written by and Kate / Bush....
Oh! England, my Lionheart
I'm in your garden, fading fast in your arms
The soldiers soften, the war is over
The air raid shelters are blooming clover
Flapping umbrellas fill the lanes
My London Bridge in rain again

Oh! England, my Lionheart!
Peter Pan steals the kids in Kensington Park
You read me Shakespeare on the rolling Thames
That old river poet that never, ever ends
Our thumping hearts hold the ravens in
And keep the tower from tumbling

Oh! England, my Lionheart
Oh! England, my Lionheart
Oh! England, my Lionheart
I don't want to go

Oh! England, my Lionheart!
Dropped from my black Spitfire to my funeral barge
Give me one kiss in apple-blossom
Give me one wish, and I'd be wassailing
In the orchard, my English rose
Or with my shepherd, who'll bring me home

Oh! England, my Lionheart
Oh! England, my Lionheart
Oh! England, my Lionheart
I don't want to go
Oh! England, my Lionheart
Oh! England, my Lionheart
Oh! England, my Lionheart
I don't want to go


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"Oh England My Lionheart" as written by Kate Bush

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    General CommentI feel that it is about a yearning for an England that no longer exists, an arcadian paradise;the so called albion, a longing for the beauty of the past, or how we remeber things were when we were children and how we become more aware of flaws and therefore become more cynical towards such images. The beauty of Kate's work lies in the childlike innocence that she still possesses which allows her to create such beautiful, poetic, dreamlike imagery. It is a passionate and inspiring song which makes me proud of the wonderful heritage of my england.
    jackflashjesson December 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*sighs* I know not many people were a fan of this album, but I just love it, this song especially.
    I think this song is about an old soldier, saying goodbye to his beloved home as he dies, remembering all the things he loved so much about it, and not wanting to leave. One of my favourite Kate Bush songs of all time :)
    ieatwinkieson May 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is song is so beautiful...the repeated line that closes the album is sung so wonderful, mournfully... it almost glows. It's very stirring and patriotic in a quiet, poeting way (the type I like).
    solar_poweredon February 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI believe the song makes it quite clear thats it's from the perspective of a fighter pilot, going down in flames.
    'Dropped from my Black Spitfire to my funeral barge'
    Because Kate was so fiercely English, this song really is a personal ode to England. The pilot talks about the wonders and things he loves about the country as he plummets toward the ground.
    mozza_fanon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI adore this song...I'm not even English but I think in a way anyone can relate to the imagery in the song, the pilot fondly remembering the wonderful things about his homeland contrasted with his fall from his Spitfire. It could be about any person struck by terror and danger wishing desperately for safety and the way things used to be.

    That said, it does of course have a level quite personal to the artist, referring so specifically to England.
    nienna19on August 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song perfectly evokes pre-war heroism… the stoicism… the patriotic fondness for one’s homeland… the gorgeous musical arrangements…

    It reminds me of Rupert Brooke’s The Soldier… and suggests an heroic tale Achilles might have sung!
    I know it’s terribly English… But the Greeks were terribly Greek… :o)

    (nb. Kate was born in Kent, and Kent is known as The Garden of England.)
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon April 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKate is such a cryptic poet! ...
    'The soldiers soften, the war is over' - detumescent sexual poetry?
    'my funeral barge' - the 'De Efteling' video Ophelia?
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon December 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Flapping umbrellas fill the lanes, my London Bridge in rain again". This is the England I love, the England of "Brief Encounter", the England of Home. When Lionheart was released I was just a English kid living in the Netherlands, desperately wishing to be back home. This song captures that feeling and the pride of being English, without all the nationalistic crap that goes with national pride now.
    skimbynimbobbingtonon July 08, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Flapping umbrellas fill the lanes, my London Bridge in rain again". This is the England I love, the England of "Brief Encounter", the England of Home. When Lionheart was released I was just a English kid living in the Netherlands, desperately wishing to be back home. This song captures that feeling and the pride of being English, without all the nationalistic crap that goes with national pride now.
    skimbynimbobbingtonon July 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about wanting to return to an England that existed before the world wars (like Edwardian England)
    when i heard the song i immeadiatley connected it to an essay that E.M. Forster wrote as an afterward to his novel 'Maurice'
    TrampVampon April 07, 2011   Link

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