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QUIZ: Can you name that tune from the song lyrics?

Meghan Markle certainly didn’t seem lost for words – but one in four of us don’t know the ­lyrics to God Save The Queen.

A recent poll found many struggle to sing along to the national anthem.

Yet American Meghan put us to shame as she belted it out with future husband Prince Harry during a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey this week.

But is it just the national anthem – or are we bad at remembering songs in general?

How well do you know the words of these iconic songs?

1 This hymn is often labelled as a credible national anthem rival.

Lyrics: “Bring me my bow of burning gold!

Bring me my arrows of desire!”

2 From a 1950s classic musical, it certainly won’t put a ­dampener on your mood.

Lyrics: “I walk down the lane

With a happy refrain.”

3 This rock masterpiece was rumoured to be the most expensive single ever made on its 1975 release.

Lyrics: “Because I’m easy come, easy go

A little high, little low.”

4 This socialist song is the ­official anthem of the Labour Party.

Lyrics: “It waved above our infant might

When all ahead seemed dark as night.”

5 This ballad was written to comfort one of the band member’s sons.

Lyrics: “Take a sad song and make it better

Remember to let her under your skin.”

6 Patriotic song associated with the Royal Navy

Lyrics: “When Britain first, at Heaven’s command

Arose from out the azure main.”

7 The unofficial anthem of ­Yorkshire.

Lyrics: “Wheear ‘ast tha bin sin’ ah saw thee, ah saw thee?”

8 Often heard sung at Murrayfield and Hampden Park.

Lyrics: “Those days are passed now

And in the past they must remain.”

9 Ol’ Blue Eyes made it one of the most famous tunes in the world.

Lyrics: “Regrets, I’ve had a few

But then again, too few to mention.”

10 Barry McGuigan’s father would sing it before his fights.

Lyrics: “The pipes, the pipes are calling

From glen to glen and down the mountain side”

11 Fun times in a Yorkshire seaside town.

Lyrics: “Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme

Remember me to one who lives there

She once was a true love of mine.”

12 This band certainly had an Edge in it.

Lyrics: “Through the storm, we reach the shore

You give it all but I want more.”

13 A regular feature of Last Night of the Proms.

Lyrics: “Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set

God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.”

14 It only hit the number one spot in the British charts after the singer’s untimely death in 1980

Lyrics: “I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will be as one.”

15 Celebrates a US abolitionist who fought against slavery.

Lyrics: “He’s gone to be a soldier in the Army of the Lord,

His soul goes marching on.”

16 Typical Cockney’s song, according to the musical Me and My Girl.

Lyrics: “Any evening, any day

You’ll find us all

Doin’ the ——- —-.”

17 This 1997 movie theme song’s success did not sink like the ship.

Lyrics: “Far across the distance

And spaces between us.

You have come to show you, go on.”

18 A hymn sung at the wedding of Charles and Di.

Lyrics: “The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test

That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best.”

19 The band’s warring brothers hate each other.

Lyrics: “And all the roads we have to walk are winding

And all the lights that lead us there are blinding."

20 It’s a myth this folk song was composed by Henry VIII – the writer is still unknown.

Lyrics: “Alas, my love, you do me wrong

To cast me off discourteously.”

21 Always Sung before the FA Cup Final.

Lyrics: “Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;

Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away.”

22 A favourite from The Forces’ Sweetheart

Lyrics: “I’ll never forget the people I met

Braving those angry skies

I remember well as the shadows fell

The light of hope in their eyes.”

23 It was the first record by a Welsh artist to top the US chart.

Lyrics: “And I need you now tonight

And I need you more than ever.”

24 Popular in New Orleans and football grounds.

Lyrics: “Oh when the trumpet sounds the call

Oh lord I want to be in that number.”

25 Found fame a second time around thanks to one of a hit film’s most romantic scenes.

Lyrics: “Lonely rivers flow

To the sea, to the sea.”

26 Used to be heard at Upton Park, now at the London Stadium.

Lyrics: “They fly so high,

Nearly reach the sky,

Then like my dreams,

They fade and die.”

27 Penned when the writers were just 17, it features a famous sax riff.

Lyrics: “So I’m never gonna dance again

The way I danced with you.”

28 Sea shanty from the early nineteenth century.

Lyrics: “Put him in a long boat till he’s sober

Early in the morning.”


1 Jerusalem

2 Singin’ in the Rain

3 Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

4 The Red Flag

5 Hey Jude – The Beatles

6 Rule Britannia

7 On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘At

8 Flower of Scotland

9 My Way – Frank Sinatra

10 Danny Boy

11 Scarborough Fair

12 With or Without You – U2

13 Land of Hope and Glory

14 Imagine – John Lennon

15 John Brown’s Body

16 Lambeth Walk

17 My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

18 I Vow To Thee My Country

19 Wonderwall – Oasis

20 Greensleeves

21 Abide With Me

22 (There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover – Vera Lynn

23 Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler

24 When the Saints Go Marching In

25 Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers

26 I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles

27 Careless Whisper – George Michael

28 What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor

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