God Save the Queen

God Save the Queen (Steve Jones, Paul Cook Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten). Released as a single in May 1977, during Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee and later on the Sex Pistols only studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, “God Save the Queen” was banned by the BBC and the IBA but nonetheless made it to no. 2 on the British charts. This is perhaps the quintessential punk song of all time given its scathing disrespect for the British Monarchy and all that it stood for. The Sex Pistols set a standard for contempt and insult through punk music that will never be matched, regardless of the countless groups they inspired. If rudeness and affront are vehicles for protest, then “God Save the Queen” is the gold standard of punk protest (and BTW, these motherfuckers could play!: “God save the Queen/ She ain't no human being/ There is no future/ And England's dreaming”

God save the Queen
The fascist regime,
They made you a moron
A potential H-bomb

God save the Queen
She ain't no human being
There is no future
And England's dreaming

Don't be told what you want
Don't be told what you need
There's no future
No future
No future for you

God save the Queen
We mean it man
We love our Queen
God saves

God save the Queen
'Cause tourists are money
And our figurehead
Is not what she seems

Oh God save history
God save your mad parade
Oh Lord God have mercy
All crimes are paid

When there's no future
How can there be sin
We're the flowers
In the dustbin
We're the poison
In your human machine
We're the future
You're future

God save the Queen
We mean it man
We love our Queen
God saves

God save the Queen
We mean it man
There is no future
And England's dreaming

No future no future no future for you
No future no future no future for me
No future no future no future for you
No future no future for me