Declan Mckenna - British Bombs
Great snakes, are we moving already?
Good gravy, did you say it cost a penny or two for you?
Well, talking 'bout the bad starts
My baby brother has already got a gas mask
'Cause it's a good old-fashioned landslide
Killing with your hands tied
In the homemade rope, set sail
Babe, we read it in The Mail, no hope now
Great way to fool me again, hun
Great acting, it's good what you tell 'em
Great Britain won't stand for felons
Great British bombs in the Yemen
Why does it seem
A fever dream for all?
The call you made to me
You said I fear
One day each year, I worry
We shall remember the dead
And we'll remember the dead so they know that we're sorry
But then carry on
"British Bombs" is a song by English singer, songwriter, and musician Declan McKenna. It was released as single on 19 August 2019 through Sony Music Entertainment. The song was written by McKenna and produced by James Ford. McKenna said that "British Bombs" is about the hypocrisy of the British arms trade and DSEI, the weapons convention in London. "I think too often it's implied that matters in the world are too complex to not end up with war, or to not possess and sell weapons, and I just think it is pure bullshit," he told NME. "Not only do we still engage in wars far away from our homes, which settle nothing and fuel extremism in the aftermath, we sell weapons to other countries full well knowing where they end up. I wanted to write a song that was outright against war, in any form. Violence breeds violence and I just don't think the world is too complex to set a peaceful precedent, but it seems the business of war is what keeps happening. To say it’s a shame feels like a huge understatement." A music video to accompany the release of "British Bombs" was first released onto YouTube on 19 August 2019. The music video was directed by Ed Bulmer.