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"When We Get to England" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 1987 home demo cassette collection Jules Verne's Sketchbook, then on Andy's Fuzzy Warbles Volume 3 in 2003.

QuotesEdit

Andy: “Quite often I record half a song or mini songs to be worked up later to a full length. So exists this ‘dream’ of England, nice chord changes but the lyrics came out a little coy. 1984 - 85. First idea for SKYLARKING.”

Andy: “This very early fragment of a song was one of the first sketches for Skylarking. An unfinished scribble on a potent subject, the search for England. Although this never quite ‘had it’, it's a subject I find I'm drawn to even now (I'm part way through finishing a song called ‘Oh My Britannia’ at the moment).”

LyricsEdit

When we get to England

Will we know when we've arrived?

When we get to England

Will we know if she has died?


Does the girl with the dogs

Still live in the big house

On the corner?

Are the boys collecting frogs

Still marching away

To die in war?


Like it's all from a dream

Like it's all from some history book

Did I look too hard

Did I miss something that I should have seen?

When we get to England

Will it still be there?


When we get to England

Will we know when we've arrived?

When we get to England

Will a kiss bring her alive?


Once a farmer in the field

Had to grow enough

To feed his family

Now they pay him for his yield

Just to burn it down

And throw away


Like it's all from a dream

Like it's all in a crystal ball

Did it fall so hard

Rest in pieces on a village green?

When we get to England

Will it still be there?


When we get to England

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