New Years Honours…? We know a song about that…New Years Honours…?  We know a song about that…

We would like to congratulate all of the recipients of New Years Honours who come from music and the Arts… but we can’t.

Why join that ‘club’ when you could’ve joined the one which includes Bowie, Weller, Lennon, Benjamin Zephaniah, Michael Sheen, LS Lowry, JG Ballard, Kipling, Le Carre, Roald Dahl, Alan Bennet, French and Saunders, Ken Loach, who have all turned down gongs with the word ‘Empire’ on them.

As you might expect, we known a song about the subject. A brilliant one, tucked away on a Proclaimers album from 2007.  This says it all quite eloquently but in a straight-forward manner and with a decent tune.

God Bless the Proclaimers.

“In Recognition” (Craig Reid/Charlie Reid) 

In Recognition of your 100 million album sales
In Recognition of your popularity
You take your gaudy prize from people you said you despised
You wear your self-respect upon your bended knees.

In spite of all your claims
It looks like you’re just the same
As every other clown, who likes put the crown
Before or after their name.

In Recognition of your service to the working class
In Recognition of your party loyalty
You get an ermine robe and you declare when you are probed
You only took it so the missus would be pleased

In spite of all your claims
It looks like you’re just the same
As every other clown, who likes to put the crown
Before or after their names.

Ohhhhhh Vanity
It gets them one by one
Patronage and Monarchy
And all they entail, rarely fail

In Recognition of your bravery up on the stage
In Recognition of your bank ability
You get to wait in lines with soldiers crippled by land mines
And you think it’s the yanks that don’t get irony

In spite of all your claims
It looks like you’re just the same
As every other clown, who likes put the crown
Before or after their names.

In spite of all your claims
It looks like you’re just the same
As every other clown, who likes put the crown
Before or after their names.

Their name
Their name
Their name

(Lyrics reproduced without express permission but with respect to the writers)

Now that’s a song we’d like to hear On My Radio.

 

With thanks to Reservoir Droogs Facebook page for reminding us about this song.  

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