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As Bold As

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 The official England band
Played tunes I could understand
As time went on it became like canned
laughter;
annoying, an irritant, a reminder
Englands results could have been kinder

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 As we came home
The band played on

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 A backdrop to failure, the soundtrack to loss
For years England won no more than a toss
The band would play The Great Escape
The barndoors untouched, England lost shape
We had no more than a ball and some grass
Our thanks go to the band, mainly of brass
But it’s finally time to let go of the past

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Notes

Following ‘Still Possible…Play On!’ by Crispin Thomas.

When Roy Hodgson became England manager, it felt lke a new start. At the last friendly against Belgium, I was struck by how outdated the band suddenly sounded, playing the same tunes they’d played for twenty years. When their instruments were taken away at the France game I wasn’t sorry. After years of facing the music, it’s time for England to find their rhythm.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/as-bold-as/