graeco_celt (graeco_celt) wrote in linguaphiles,
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How does this song make you feel?

This is a song by New Zealand band The Muttonbirds.

Personally, I've always loved it but I've come across people who have bad opinions of it, from time to time.
I wonder: do they not 'get' it?

Anyway, as this is a community of linguaphiles, I thought it'd be interesting to as for opinions about the song, what it refers to, whether you think it makes its point successfully and so one.
I do apologize for not posting the song itself but I don't have a copy of it in the correct format.


The Queen’s English

by The Muttonbirds


On a West Coast station,
there was a US congressman.
He was a guest on a talkshow,
on the subject of language.
And he said,
and he said, "Well, I am a great one,
for giving people their due,
but you have to draw the line somewhere.
And when I look up ahead, (what do you see?)
I can only see one world,
and it's a world without interpreters and phrasebooks
because
the Queen's English was good enough for Jesus Christ
and it's good enough for me.
The Queen's English was good enough for Jesus Christ
and it's good enough for me.
It’s good enough for me.

Julius Caesar, when he stepped onto the shore,
he didn't do some raindance, he just said it plain.
He said,
I came (what did he say?)
I saw (what did he see?)
I conquered (yeah yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah)
So don't you try to make me
feel like a fool - I know what I stand for.
And I know what they want (what do they want?)
they just want to feel special.
But they're wrong, they're wrong, they’re wrong, they're so wrong because
the Queen's English was good enough for Jesus Christ
and it's good enough for me.
The Queen's English was good enough for Jesus Christ
and it's good enough for me.
It’s good enough for me.

Some people want to go back to living in caves,
bend over backwards when the thin end of the wedge goes in.
So all you little countries, all you towers of Babel,
well you better wake up (wake up) and speak up (speak up)
and earn your place on the team.
And if you don't know ‘please’ and ‘thank you’,
well you better learn, you better learn, you better learn,
you’d better learn
because
the Queen's English was good enough for Jesus Christ
and it's good enough for me.
The Queen's English was good enough for Jesus Christ
and it's good enough for me.
It’s good enough for me.
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