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Dane-geld Lyrics

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Dane-geld Lyrics

It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
To call upon a neighbor and to say:
“We invaded you last night—we are quite prepared to fight
Unless you pay us cash to go away.”

And that is called asking for Dane-geld
And the people who ask it explain
That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!
[Verse 1]
It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation
To puff and look important and to say:
“Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you
We will therefore pay you cash to go away.”[Chorus]
And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we’ve proved it again and again
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane[Verse 2]
It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested
You will find it better policy to say:[Outro/Chorus]
“We never pay anyone Dane-geld
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame
And the nation that pays it is lost!”

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