There once was an empire chase
Known as a great, great game
And one of its rooks came from Stoke-on-Trent
And Mortimer was his name

An impotent tea-bag spazz
Pride of the vicar caste
Sent off to Asia
Expansion land
Determined to be a man
Determined to be a man
Determined to be a man
Determined to be a man
Determined to be a man

He loved a nice sag aloo
The long, lazy afternoons
But soon he was singing
A different tune
It went something just like this

A billion flies on a horse's tail
The spirit of a late, lame raj
Punjabi's finest, bring me your wine list
As the news comes across the air today:
"Tension grows in Afghanistan
Carbine bullets could settle the score"--
I had a crap gin tonic it wounded me
Send my way off on one
Send my way off on one, two, three, four


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    General CommentThis is easily my favorite song by SM, if not my favorite song ever. So beautifully written, and the guitar is simply wonderful. The Malk is a genius.
    The Dreameron April 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about the period in history where conflicting British and Russian interests in central Asia pitted them against one another as political rivals, almost breaking out into war in the 19th century. It was called "The Great Game," and Mortimer Durand is the name of a British official who delineated Afghanistan's northern borders with an expanding Russia.

    What an inexplicable and awesome topic to sing about.
    eagle-bearon February 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commenteagle bear you rock! thank you. I grasped the point but never truly understood the detail. Now I know.
    peacefrogxon September 21, 2007   Link

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