Forget Jerusalem, These Are the Songs That Should Replace God Save the Queen

By Gary Cutlack on at

MPs are thinking about tearing up the very fabric of sporting society, with a vote tabled to see if the national dirge that is God Save the Queen should be retired as the official national anthem of the English.

Labour MP Toby Perkins is behind the latest punt of the idea, posting a 10-minute rule motion in parliament to try to force through a vote on possibly replacing the UK anthem with something more bespoke for just the English bit to sing before important football. Perkins says: "England is a component part of the UK but it competes as a country in its own right and I think a song that celebrated England rather than Britain would be more appropriate."

Obviously the likes of Jerusalem and proms-stomper Land of Hope and Glory will lead the call for replacements, although perhaps, given the national mood of the moment, it might be possible to force through a win for Heroes by David Bowie if you conveniently ignore the fact that English teams aren't actually heroes that often.

Some other suggestions we've pulled out of the air include:

Yakety Sax -- Boots Randolph

Beck -- Loser

Irish Blood, English Heart -- Morrissey

God Save The Queen -- Sex Pistols

When a Knight Won His Spurs -- Jan Struther

Cigarettes & Alcohol -- Oasis

You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk -- Pet Shop Boys

Etc.  [Guardian]

Image credit: English flag from Shutterstock


Want more updates from Gizmodo UK? Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.