Sup up your beer and collect your fags
There's a row going on down near Slough
Get out your mat and pray to the west
I'll get out mine and pray for myself
Thought you were smart when you took them on
But you didn't take a peep in their artillery room
All that rugby puts hairs on your chest
What chance have you got against a tie and a crest?

Hello-hooray, what a nice day, for the Eton Rifles, Eton Rifles
Hello-hooray, I hope rain stops play, with the Eton Rifles, Eton Rifles

Thought you were clever when you lit the fuse
Tore down the House Of Commons in your brand new shoes
Compose a revolutionary symphony
Then went to bed with a charming young thing

Hello-hooray, cheers then mate, its the Eton Rifles, Eton Rifles
Hello-hooray, an extremist scrape, with the Eton Rifles, Eton Rifles

What a catalyst you turned out to be
Loaded the guns then you run off home for your tea
Left me standing, like a guilty schoolboy

What a catalyst you turned out to be
Loaded the guns then you run off home for your tea
Left me standing, like a naughty schoolboy

We come out of it naturally the worst
Beaten and bloody and I was sick down my shirt
We were no match for their untamed wit
Though some of the lads said they'll be back next week

Hello-hooray, there's a price to pay, to the Eton Rifles, Eton Rifles
Hello-hooray, I'd prefer the plague, to the Eton Rifles, Eton Rifles

Hello-hooray, there's a price to pay, to the Eton Rifles, Eton Rifles
Hello-hooray, I'd prefer the plague, to the Eton Rifles, Eton Rifles

Eton Rifles, Eton Rifles

Eton Rifles, Eton Rifles


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The Eton Rifles [Single Edit] Lyrics as written by Paul John Weller

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    General CommentSurely it's about class divisions and the "Old Boys' circuit"? How he feels his opportunities are taken by those with a "tie and a crest"?
    hastalavictoriaon November 27, 2006   Link

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