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.”
WERE YOU ON SONG?
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
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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