John Lydon Clarifies The Purpose Of Sex Pistol’s ‘Banned’ Anti-Royal Song

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Sex Pistols’ John Lydon opened up about why he wrote one of the band’s songs that heavily targeted monarchy, especially in England, during his recent interview with The Sun. The musician shared his thoughts about the royal family, Queen Elizabeth II, and the end of this political system.

‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols’ is Sex Pistols’ only studio album, released on October 28, 1977, and a track from the album ‘God Save the Queen’ drew significant attention with its sarcastic side and harsh words. Its release coincided with Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. In the song, Lydon highlighted the ongoing problems in the system and the royals’ situation in England at those times.

On 7 June 1977, during the Jubilee holiday, the band wanted to play the song on a boat, but the police stopped them. Also, BBC authorities decided to ban the song because of calling monarchy a fascist regime that made people morons. ‘God Save the Queen’ was defined as an anti-royalist song and received criticism from some people supporting the system while the others appreciated their rebellion against the throne.

Lydon recently admitted that it’s an anti-royal but not an anti-human song because he likes the Queen and appreciates her long and prosperous life. He stated that he didn’t have any problems with the family in person and wished to question the monarchy’s issues as a citizen who paid taxes regularly. Lydon admitted loving his country and everything about it; however, he has a right to criticize. The rocker added that the Queen’s death could be the end of the monarchy considering Prince Charles’ inability to become her successor.

During the interview, Lydon said:

“I didn’t write it specifically for the jubilee; that was my train of thought. It was several months before we did that boat party. It’s very anti-royalist, but it’s not anti-human. I’ve got to tell the world this. You must not presume that I’m completely dead against the royal family as human beings. I’m not.

I’m proud of the Queen for surviving and doing so well. I applaud her for that. That’s a fantastic achievement. I think If I’m paying my tax money to support this system. I should have a say-so on how it’s spent. Possible the end of the monarchy because Prince Charles would not be able to handle it. This is the man that plays Pink Floyd to his cabbages.”

Here’s what Morgan asked:

“Do you think we might be seeing the beginning of the end of the monarch as the Queen enters the sort of twilight of her life?”

Lydon responded:

“Possibly, and that’s a shame because I love pageantry. I’m a football fan; how could I not? I like watching royal weddings because I enjoy watching Spitfires and B-52s flying over the palace. I get quite emotional with all that. I love my country and people and everything about it, but if there are problems within it, I think I have the right to say. When I wrote ‘God Save the Queen,’ believe me, I wrote it, not the others; this is me expressing my fully competent point of view. You’re more than welcome to disagree.”

You can check out the interview and song below.