You can keep your city docks,
motorways and high-rise blocks,
all your shares and all your stocks,
give me England by the sea.

You can save your waterways,
woodland parks on sunny days,
I just love the way wind plays,
give me England by the sea.

Monaco is glamorous,
Paris always amorous,
and you can honeymoon
in Bali or Cancun,
but nothing beats
this England by the sea.

Ibiza may be rocking
and harbour bars restocking,
but when a chance comes knocking,
give me England by the sea.

It’s where our mothers turned
when home and London burned,
oh the lessons that we learned,
saving England by the sea.

Monaco is glamorous,
Paris always amorous,
and you can honeymoon
in Bali or Cancun,
but nothing beats
this England by the sea.

Monaco is glamorous,
Paris always amorous,
and you can honeymoon
in Bali or Cancun,
and anyone can lie
in Rio or Dubai,
even spend a while
beside the River Nile,
but nothing beats
this England by the sea.

Copyright Keith Ames