Parading flags and country names
The world has gathered for the games.
They’ve all come to Londinium
To our Olympic Stadium,
In peace and friendship to abide,
Putting enmity aside.
So here, in healthy competition,
Athletes chasing their ambition
Will be more perfect than the rest
And show the world they are the best.
Then with the setting of the sun,
When all the races have been run
And the games are here no more,
We may not slip back into war.
Perhaps this time we’ll find a way
To stay Olympian every day.
But if that is what you believe
I know, my friend, that you’re naive.
The games just give a small respite
Of Sabbath day, to calm the night.