Music and lyrics Mark Robert Cribb 1988 to 2014 © All rights reserved
A 17 minute conceptual musical piece (colour coded indicating music sections);

 

Lions Of Britain (Previously Sons Of Britain)

 

In these sceptred isles, throne of kings, seat of Mars,
Owain, Bruce, Edward and more, forged our steel,
Then glorious James made us real…
Sixteen hundred and three,
James, King of Scots, By the grace of God,
Was to rise James the first King of all Britannia.

 

United, far greater than the sum or our parts,
For we are brothers, now as one,
The mighty clan, in dust, blood and soul,

 

Have you forgotten Albion,
Have you forgotten Boadicea,
Alfred, Henry, Richard the Lion heart, Francis Drake,
(edit – Livingstone), The Magna Carta, The Commonwealth, Isaac Newton, Equiano,
Tommy MacPherson, Douglas Bader, Mary Seacole, Elsie Inglis,
Alan Turin, Have you forgotten Elizabeth, Have you forgotten the unknown soldier.

 

Sons of Britain shout, Hearts of Britain screaming,
Lions of Britain if you know what it means,
Lions if you know what it means,
Sons of Britannia you know what it means, Ah ah – ah ah.

 

A million years in a world searching for humanity, Oh Lord,
Souls in chains – mankind’s disgrace and nations manifold,
Britannia’s saving grace when our faith brought it to a hold,
Amazing grace – our beacon to the world. Ah ah ah ahh.

 

Hell nearly saw this Earth undone,
Thirty-nine to forty-one,
Kingdom united or kingdom come,
A fortress held or a world too late,
Sons of Britain stood alone and sealed the devil’s fate.
Lions You owe them more than blood.

 

For around the world that shining light forever beams…
Aaah aah aaah.

 

We gave you fair play, the beautiful game,
World Wide Web, the railway train,
Gravity, Penicillin, Apple pie, television,
Evolution, Locomotion, Electric light, computation,
Jets, Radar, DNA, telephones, Faraday,
Robbie Burns, Coleridge-Taylor, Elgar, Turner, Keats
Chaplin, Python, Jones, Kinks, Beatles, Stones,
Shakespeare, Dickens, Byron, Tennyson,
On & on and on & on, Navigation, Vertical
take-off…

 

We’re all dancing round our blue stone door.
(Happy La la la la section)

 

We’re all Sons of Britain now,
Every reason to walk proud,
Cool Britannia, always standing out from the crowd.

Sons of Britain stand together,
Sons of each and every corner,
Sons of Britain if you’re true…
Doesn’t matter if we’re fuscous or fuchsia,
When we’re – Red – white – and blue…

 

(Shouted: “Every single, man, woman, child, jack of us…” build up and cannon):
Sons of Britain shout, Hearts of Britain screaming,
Lions of Britain if you know what it means,
Lions if you know what it means,
Sons of Britannia, if you know just what it means.

 

Have you forgotten Albion,
Have you forgotten Bwa Hir dreigiau, (drey-gyarrrr)
Have you forgotten Harold,
Have you forgotten Churchill,
Have you forgotten Wellington,
Have you forgotten Monty
Wilberforce, Walter Tull,
Isambard Brunel, Pratap Singh,
Violette Zabo, Dr Banardo, Malta, Aneurin Bevan,
Paddy Main, The Burma Star, The Anzacs, The Emergency,
Dambusters, Special Operations, Spitfires, King & Country,
Have you forgotten our Finest hour, Have you forgotten Blighty,
Have you forgotten Nelson, Have you forgotten D Day,
Have you forgotten The Union…

 

…Flag.
 
Souls of Britannia,
Those forgotten and those alive
Lions in heart – raise the sky,
Those in spirit will hear our cry,
Together we will all arise…
This day…

 

Sons of Britain the future’s clear,
Sons of Britain the thunder’s near,
Sons of Britain the lightening’s here.
Listen now for Tom, ‘Man of Iron’,
Summon up the roar of the British Lion,
Summon up the roar of the British Lion…

 

Standing together – We’re all Britons
Standing fast – We’re all Britons
Standing proud – We’re all Brito-o-ons
Now.

 

(Faded right down but shouted: “Once more unto the breach…”)
(Cannon sound)…
Sons of Britain shout, Hearts of Britain screaming,
Lions of Britain if you know what it means,
Lions – if you know what it means,
Sons of Britannia, if you know just what it means (crescendo)
Sons of Britannia, if you know just what it means (Softer with ‘ah’ repeat variations)

 

 

1988 to 2014 © Mark Robert Cribb