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I Want My Country Back (From The People Who Wanted Their Country Back)

by The Four Fathers

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Produced by the acclaimed musician and producer Charlie Hart, 'I Want My Country Back (From The People Who Wanted Their Country Back)' is lead singer Andy Worthington's response to the EU referendum on June 23, 2016, and has become a live favourite with the Four Fathers' audiences over the last two years.

The song was released on March 4, 2019 to mark just 25 days remaining until the UK is supposed to leave the EU, according to the terms of Article 50, the trigger for leaving the EU, which Theresa May signed on March 29, 2017. We find it hard to believe that it has now been nearly three years since the referendum, when a small majority of those who could be bothered to vote voted to leave the EU.

We also continue to believe that calling the referendum was an act of gross political cowardice and folly on the part of David Cameron, which, ever since, has drowned out almost all other meaningful political debate as his successor, the dim racist Theresa May, has obsessively tried to deliver the undeliverable — a Brexit that doesn’t cripple the British economy.

Check out Andy's archive of articles about Brexit here: www.andyworthington.co.uk/category/brexit-disaster/


I Want My Country Back (From The People Who Wanted Their Country Back) (Andy Worthington)

It was just after the summer solstice
When it should have been sunny and bright
But a darkness fell over everything
Extinguishing all light
With invented urgency
The isolationists seized the day


I want my country back from the people who wanted their country back, oh yeah (x2)

Up and down the country
Everywhere hope has gone
Snuffed out by capital’s toxic bloom
Killing the towns one by one
People spoke of sovereignty
And forgot that patriotism only leads to war

Chorus (repeat)

So now in Brexit Britain
With racism on the rise
And EU nationals treated as pawns
In our economic suicide
The only light in the darkness
Is that Brexit will destroy whoever makes it real

Chorus (repeat)


Andy Worthington (lead vocals, guitar)
Richard Clare (guitar, backing vocals)
Bren Horstead (drums and percussion)
Mark Quiney (bass)
Andrew Fifield (harmonica)


released March 4, 2019
Written by Andy Worthington.
Recorded at Equator Studios with Charlie Hart, July 2018 and February 2019.
Cover image by Brendan Horstead.


"Great song - starting with the title. I love the bold and bright chorus. Just beautiful."
Jeremy Varon, New York City


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Militant, melodic rock & roots reggae band, based in SE London, mostly playing original protest music. Journalist and activist Andy Worthington (lead vocals, electro-acoustic guitar), Richard Clare (electric guitar, vocals), Bren Horstead (drums, percussion), Andrew Fifield (flute, harmonica), Paul Rooke (bass). ... more

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