This music video is the song Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher, from the musical Billy Elliot.
By Will Stone in London, England:
Billy Elliot audience gives go-ahead to Thatcher song
Tuesday 09 April 2013
The second act of the musical, which is set during the miners’ strike, begins with the song Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher, which has lyrics that refer to celebrating the death of the former prime minister.
The audience on Monday night were asked to vote on whether to keep the song in.
Only three people voted against the song being performed.
A Billy Elliot insider said that the vote was taken seriously and debated until it was decided that it would be best to put it to a democratic vote.
“It was a near unanimous verdict to keep the song in and go ahead.
“It was an electric show,” they added.
Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher contains the lyrics: “We all celebrate today ‘cos it’s one day closer to your death.
“And they’ll all hold hands together. All standing in a line cos they’re privatising Santa this merry Christmas time, so…
“Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher, may God’s love be with you. We all sing together in one breath.
“Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher, we all celebrate today ‘cos it’s one day closer to your death.”
See also here.
- After an Audience Vote, ‘Billy Elliot’ Musical Keeps an Anti-Thatcher Song (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Billy Elliot the Musical (en.wikipedia.org)
- Billy Elliot Audience Asked To Vote On Margaret Thatcher Song (contactmusic.com)
- Billy Elliot audience votes on Thatcher death song (itv.com)