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To celebrate St George's Day, GP's SotD will today be the only song I can think of that mentions him: England Half English by Billy Bragg.
From an album of the same name that has the cross of St George as its cover, England Half English points out that the current multiculturalism of Britain (curry, cappucino, etc) has always been with us: "Britannia, she's half English, she speaks Latin at home/St George was born in the Lebanon, how he got here I don't know."
(I can't find England, Half English on YouTube so here's the single from the same album that Billy got into the charts in the week of the Queen's Golden Jubilee: Take Down the Union Jack.)
Splendid music magazine The Word is trying to revive John Peel's Festive Fifty, where people voted for their favourite five songs of the year to build up a poll of the nation's top tunes. (Click here to take part).
I added my votes yesterday. Regular readers of this blog - hello, Ma! - will know that I've been very fond of Elbow, Little Jackie and Jenny Lewis in 2008, so here's my fourth choice: I Keep Faith by Billy Bragg.