3 Songs About Queen Elizabeth II

For decades we’ve heard songs on the radio that reference the queen and her reign. But often, we fail to actually connect the song to Queen Elizabeth herself, opting instead to translate lines about her majesty as being metaphorical. However, in light of her passing, many people have begun re-listening to these songs and hearing them in a different way. In reference to the individual that was Queen Elizabeth II, rather than the politics she represented. Here are three songs about the Queen and how the artists who wrote them actually felt about her majesty.

  1. “The Queen is Dead” by The Smiths

“The Queen is Dead” came out in 1986 and is the song that gave the album its name. The song mocks the media’s obsession with the queen by referencing dreaming of her death. Lyrics like “Her very Lowness with her head in a sling, I’m truly sorry, but it sounds like a wonderful thing” paint this picture of the queen being hanged. Not surprisingly, Morrissey actually feels this resentment towards the queen and the royals, as expressed in the song.

  1. “God Save the Queen” by Sex Pistols

Another song that adopts a mocking tone towards the Queen is “God Save the Queen.” Lyrics like “When there’s no future, how can there be sin” mock the monarchy by noticing that crimes go free under a monarchy. In real life, the singer isn’t anti-queen but rather anti-monarchy. 

  1. “Her Majesty”

This final song takes on a much more pleasant, or at the very least, neutral, tone towards the Queen. The song, which appeared on The Beatles’ Abbey Road Album, is an upbeat little tune reciting McCartney’s adoration for her. The main lyrics are, “Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl,” and “Someday I’m gonna make her mine.” It’s fitting to end with a more lighthearted song for those who wish to remember Queen Elizabeth II in a more positive light.

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