The British Are Coming

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"The British Are Coming"
The British Are Coming cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Released September 23, 2014
Recorded 2014, The Village, Los Angeles, CA
Length 4:08
Label Republic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer Ric Ocasek
Status Officially released
Live debut October 16, 2014
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
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Everything Will Be Alright in the End track listing
"I've Had It Up to Here"
(5)
"The British Are Coming"
(6)
"Da Vinci"
(7)
Ecce Homo track listing
"Sing My Blues Away"
(4)
"The British Are Coming"
(5)
"Semper Fi"
(6)

"The British Are Coming" is the sixth track on Everything Will Be Alright in the End.

Overview

"The British Are Coming" was the fourth song to be officially released prior to the album's release. Shortly after the album's release, an instrumental-only version of the album was leaked online. In December 2017, an earlier version of the song was leaked online, containing unique lyrics and lacking the album version's intro. It is rumored that the original version of the song also contained more explicitly personal lyrics. It is also said that this version contained a lyric about Boba Fett.

The liner notes for Everything Will Be Alright in the End groups songs by one of three themes. "The British Are Coming" is grouped under the category "Patriarchia" (songs about Cuomo's relationships with father figures). Many of the song's lyrics are references to the American Revolutionary War, specifically the ride of Paul Revere leading up to the Battles of Lexington and Concord. King George, the King of Britain at the time, is named. “One, if by land, and two, if by sea” is a phrase coined by Henry W. Longfellow in 1860 for his poem Paul Revere's Ride, referring to Revere's use of lanterns to signal to the Patriots the route used by British soldiers to advance to Concord. "Sons of Liberty" were a secret society who opposed the taxation of the American colonies by the British government.

Audio

Personnel

Lyrics

Welcome to the first level Literati
Our mission is to keep the tradition alive
It's up to us
It's our responsibility
Who else is going to do it?

This is the night
Light up a fire in the forge
We're not the coins in the coffer of old King George
One if by land
Two if they come by the sea
We'll show 'em we are the true sons of liberty

Punk-ass redcoats trying to run the show
Telling me what to do and where to go
Mount your horse 'cause it's time to tell the world

The British are coming

Smear on the soot
Tear up an old deerskin shirt
We know this shot will be heard all around the world

This is the destiny of all mankind
We will shake off these chains and shackles that bind
Come on, let's give them everything we have

Early lyrics

I'm burning my books
Tired of so many cooks
And y'know what?
I know how to shred this wood
I might be a fool
Bucking the shrewdest gurus
But nobody else has a clue what I'm meant to do

Punk-ass soldiers tryin' to run the show
Tellin' me what to do and where to go
Mount my horse 'cuz it's time to tell the world

The British are coming

It might take a sec
For me to make sense of this mess
Brush off the bugs
Uncover my naked breast

Punk-ass soldiers tryin' to run the show
Tellin' me what to do and where to go
Mount my horse 'cuz it's time to tell the world

The British are coming

This is the destiny of all mankind
We will shake off these chains and shackles that bind
C'mon, let's give them everything we have

The British are coming (coming)

See also