Pop Music in Britain and its History with Queen Elizabeth
Andrew Parker - December 4, 2022

The True Meaning Of Life

By Pat A. FlemingPublished: July 2017

The Years have passed by,
In the blink of an eye,
Moments of sadness,
And joy have flown by.

People I loved,
Have come and have gone,
But the world never stopped,
And we all carried on.

Life wasn't easy,
And the struggles were there,
Filled with times that it mattered,
Times I just didn't care.

I stood on my own,
And I still found my way,
Through some nights filled with tears,
And the dawn of new days.

And now with old age,
It's become very clear,
Things I once found important,
Were not why I was here.

And how many things,
That I managed to buy,
Were never what made me,
Feel better inside.

And the worries and fears,
That plagued me each day,
In the end of it all,
Would just fade away.

But how much I reached out,
To others when needed,
Would be the true measure,
Of how I succeeded.

And how much I shared,
Of my soul and my heart,
Would ultimately be,
What set me apart.

And what's really important,
Is my opinion of me,
And whether or not,
I'm the best I can be.

And how much more kindness,
And love I can show,
Before the Lord tells me,
It's my time to go.

Some British pop singers have shown sympathy for the British people following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. This week, for example, Elton John held a concert in which he paid respect to the queen. On the other hand, tensions between British pop and the late queen have been simmering for a long time. Before the 1970s, the Queen of England appeared in British pop songs, mostly in minor cameo roles.

After “God Save the Queen” was released by The Sex Pistols in 1977, attitudes shifted. The punk band produced the song in honor of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, and it compares the monarchy to a right-wing tyranny. McEwan claimed that many songs released in the 1980s – a time of high unemployment and impermeable socioeconomic disparities in the UK — continued to criticize the monarchy because of her symbolic role.

During the 1990s, McEwan claims, white people’s economic prospects improved, and with that came a decline in the popularity of anti-monarchy music. However, the economic hardships and racial discrimination endured by the country’s numerous residents with ancestry in Britain’s former colonies persisted virtually unabated. Hip-hop artists in the UK, such as slowthai and Bob Vylan, have recently released a fresh wave of songs aimed at the queen. These songs go to the point, even more so than their punk and alternative rock forebears.

“Nothing Great About Britain” by Slowthai and “England’s Ending” by Bob Vylan are scathing in their condemnation of the monarch’s avarice. The lead singer for the band Bob Vylan, Bobby Vylan (the drummer also goes by Bob Vylan), has stated that the late king still owes money to the country’s Black and brown households.