Sunday Song Lyric

Punk pioneer Malcolm McLaren died this week. McLaren managed both the New York Dolls and the Sex Pistols. While neither band lasted too long in its initial incarnation, both were quite influential.  Under McLaren’s leadership, the Sex Pistols courted controversy and cemented their place in history.  Their 1977 single, “God Save the Queen,” was almost never released.  Workers at the pressing plant stopped work because they were offended by the record cover (which, interestingly enough, would later be recognized as one of the best covers of all time) and the song was banned by the BBC.  Perhaps due to the contorversy, the song still hit number 2 on the UK charts.  Many thought the lyrics scandalous at the time — but time’s change.  Here’s a taste:

God save the queen
The fascist regime
It made you a moron
Potential H bomb
God save the queen
She ain’t no human being
There is no future
In 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

Here are the full lyrics, the song, a video, and a live performance from 2007.