The Battle Hymn of the New Socialist Party (Leon Rosselson)

“The Battle Hymn of the New Socialist Party” Sheet Music (pdf).
“The Battle Hymn of the New Socialist Party” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Leon Rosselson.
Tune: “The White Cockade.”


The cloth cap and the working class as images are dated
For we are Labour’s avant-garde, and we were educated.
By tax adjustments, we have planned to institute the Promised Land.
And just to show we’re still sincere, we sing The Red Flag once a year.

Firm principles and policies are open to objections,
And a stream-lined party image is the way to win elections.
So raise the umbrella high, the bowler hat, the college tie.
We’ll stand united, raise, a cheer, and sing The Red Flag once a year.

It’s one step forward, one step back. Our dance is dev’lish daring:
A leftward shuffle, rightward tack, then pause to take our bearing.
We’ll reform the country bit by bit, so nobody will notice it.
Then ever after, never fear, we’ll sing The Red Flag once a year.

We will not cease from mental fight till every wrong is righted
And all men are equal quite and all our leaders knighted
For we are sure if we persist to make the New Year’s Honours list.
Then every loyal Labour peer will sing The Red Flag once a year.

So vote for us and not for them, we’re just as true to NATO,
And we’ll be calm and British when we steer the ship of state-O.
We’ll stand as firm as them to show we’re patriotic gentlemen (God save the Queen!).
Though man to man shall brothers be, deterrence is our policy.
So raise the mushroom cloud on high, within their shades we’ll live and die.
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer, we’ll sing The Red Flag once a year.


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