Take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople

The West's asleep, let England shake
Weighted down with silent dead
I fear our blood won't rise again
Oh, 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, let's head out
To the fountain, fountain of death
And splash about, swim back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back

Until the day is ending
And the birds are silent
And the insects are courting
By the shores
By the shores, heavy stones are falling

Smile, smile Bobby, with your lovely mouth
Pack up your troubles, let's head out
To the fountain, fountain of death
Splash about, swim back, forth, back, back, back, back, back
Laugh out loud

Take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople

Take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople

Take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Take me


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Let England Shake [Demo] Lyrics as written by Jimmy Kennedy Polly Harvey

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  • +2
    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
  • +2
    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 09, 2013   Link
  • +1
    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
  • 0
    General CommentWho's Bobby?
    QuintessODon September 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh or bobby sands?
    2014on December 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDeath's Debt is Paid in Full

    Death's debt is then and there
    Paid down by dying men;
    But it is a promise bare
    That they shall rise again
    2014on February 19, 2021   Link

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