Label: RCA - PL 70343 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: UK • Genre: Non-Music, Classical, Brass & Military •
Coward wrote "London Pride" in the spring ofduring the Blitz. According to his own account, he was sitting on a seat on a platform in Paddington stationwatching Londoners going about their business quite unfazed by the broken glass scattered around Glycerine Queen - Suzi Quatro - Live And Kickin the station's roof damaged by the previous night's bombing: in a moment of patriotic pride, he suddenly recalled an old English folk song which had been apparently appropriated by the Germans for their national anthem, and it occurred to him that he could reclaim the melody in a new song.
The song has six verses. The opening lines, repeated three times within the song, are: . London Pride is a flower that's free. London Pride means our own dear town to us, And our pride it forever will be.
It was also circulated after the July bombings. It contrasts with many of the major-key, grandiose melodies used to celebrate patriotism, including God Save The King and Land of Hope and Glory. Its orchestration also contrasts with those anthems, employing muted strings and a celeste, rather than a pipe organ and a choir. The music is used in the film This Happy Breed London Pride - Various - The Sounds Of London - A Celebration In Words & Musicincluding the closing titles. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.