Airs for Aristos and Tunes for Toffs: The Eton School Song

Eton 1
Eton 2

This is very definitely not a working class song by a very long way. It’s Carmen Etoniense, the Eton school song. The lyrics were written by A.C. Ainger and the tune by J. Barnby. The lyrics are in Latin, and run

Sonent voces omnium
liliorum florem,
digna prosequentium
laude Fundatorem!
Benefacti memores
concinamus, quails
in alumnus indoles
fuerit regalis.

Donec oras Angliae
Alma lux fovebit.
Floreat Etona!
Floreat! florebit!

Justam ludus vindicet
cum labore partem!
dulce foedus societ
cum Minerva Martem!
Sive causa gloriae
pila, sive remus,
una laus victoriae-
Matrem exornemus!

Donec oras Angliae
Alma lux fovebit,
Floreat Etona!
Floreat! Florebit!

Mores Etonensibus
traditos colamus!
traditos parentibus
posteries tradamus!
Posterique posteris,
quotquot ibunt menses,
tradant idem seculis
Carmen Etonenses.

Donec oras Angliae
Alma lux fovebit,
floreat Etona,
Floreat! florebit!


David Cameron, one of the products of Eton, now making life hell for the rest of us.

I found it in Percy C. Buck, The Oxford Song book, vol. 1 (London: OUP 1977) 34-5.

I’ve put it up in case anyone fancied doing a satirical version, just to hammer home how much these highly privileged men are running the country and exploiting the rest of us purely for their own benefit. I think a Punk version might be appropriate. How about mixing it with the Sex Pistols’ Pretty Vacant, or the Dead Kennedys’ Kill the Poor. Which is precisely what their policies are doing.

Here’s Pretty Vacant, with lyrics, which can also be seen on Derya Aydin’s Youtube channel.

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