England Belongs To Me has a lot of the punk and oi aggro but this is balanced by the slightly camp, almost wistful singing of Colin McFaull and the expressive guitar lines of Mick Beaufoy.
Years of being told you ain't as good as us
Join the line, sign your name
And they all said that our country's going bust
But no-one's fooling us again
England belong's to me
A nation's pride the dirty water on the rivers
No one can take away our memory
Oh, England belongs to me
We'll show the world that the boys are back to stay
And you all know what we can do
Heads held high, fighting all the way
For the red, white, and blue
While the lyrics "Heads held high, fighting all the way/ For the red, white, and blue" have an obvious nationalistic resonance. Other lyrics can be taken to refer to class. "Years of being told you ain't as good as us/ Join the line, sign your name" is a reference to class inequality and unemployment, which was very high in 1982.
The line from the chorus, "A nation's pride the dirty water on the rivers," might even be an ironic comment on national pride, along the lines of 'how can you respect a country that doesn't look after the working class or the environment.'