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The Grantham Anthem is a Spitting Image song parodying Margaret Thatcher's former job as a greengrocer in her Father's shop in Grantham. While it begins in a rather simple way, with Thatcher saying how she gained her principles from her days working with her father, the song's tone changes somewhat as it goes on. The song parodies how powerful Thatcher was seen as being, and because the Iron Lady seemed to believe that because the prices of (some) products stayed the same as during her tenure as working as a grocer as well as when she was Prime Minister, this meant that her Government were doing a good job. This, of course, was not how the writers of Spitting Image saw it, and they depicted her as having delusions of grandeur and even godhood, as The Grantham Anthem clearly shows... 

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(Margaret Thatcher)
In the face of all adversity, the Omani university,
The far-right infiltration, all the rest of it. 
When I feel like shouting "stop!", I recall my father’s shop, 
In the days when, goodness me, you made the best of it!

When people ask about the dual key, the refund from the EEC, 
The Unions and why I want to ban them! 
However critical they are, I have my guiding star, 
One guiding principle I call the Grantham Anthem!

(Thatcher and Tory Chorus)
The bottles of bleach cost thirty pence each, and Duraglit' is 46p, 
And the family size individual fruit pies are a bargain at one twenty-three! 
The grissini sticks cost twenty-six, and shoelaces twenty the pair, 
But its seventy-two for the lemon shampoo for greasy or difficult hair!

I will sing the Grantham Anthem, which I learnt at my father’s knee, 
As I helped him in his corner shop in Nazareth, Galilee! 
Its still twenty-six for the gravy gran mix, and forty for extract of malt, 
But the low-calorie spread is now eighteen instead of nineteen, that’s the same as the salt!

I sang the Grantham Anthem while I made the Universe!

(Tory Chorus)
(Have we gone completely barmy? Just look at the price of salami!)

(Gospel Chorus)
She sings the Grantham Anthem and she made the Universe!





Spitting Image Song Guide
Series 1 The Cheese Protest SongI'm PerfectThe Underwear Protest SongJust A Prince Who Can't Say NoThe Grantham AnthemDon’t Fancy That JohnThe Fat SongWhat Torvill Does With DeanDa Do Run RonMacGregor'sEvery Bomb You Make
Series 2 WARWe're WetsBlack MoustacheThe Invisible ManWe'll Go Go Go All The Way To MexicoTeeth, Lips, Hair, BottyOur Time Is GoneInterface LeadBig BustersProblemsBonnie ScotlandBorn To Be A Woodwork TeacherAnteater Song
Series 3 We're Scared of BobThe Ronnie Reagan SongRepetitionSteve Interesting DavisJerusalem HymnMeatWe Got BeardsThe Chicken SongOur GenerationHello, You Must Be GoingThe Way I Like To ScoreHey GeorgeBaby I'm YoursMaking Nice CurtainsLessons1st Atheist Tabernacle ChoirWeirdSanta Claus Is On The Dole
Series 4 MadGoodbyeCondomsNobody Knows What I'm On AboutEvery Silver Lining Has A CloudWe Are The Royal Family
Series 5 Commons of HouseThe Youth RapWhen Will I?Kylie MinoguePlease Cry For Me, FilipinosNot Quite FreeIt Really Doesn't MatterLast Night At The YobsEstate Agent SongMy Way
Series 6 I'm Sure Livin' Since I DiedBlues at TenSafe ViewingWe've Ruined the WorldOur God
Series 7 Green FeverCalifornia ReagansEvery Time We Say GoodbyeApart-AidDawn of a New AgeWhen You're 65Keepin' On Rockin'All Things Nice and Lucrative
Series 8 Go NowShabby EndingsThe Jails Are PackedWe All Hate Jeremy BeadleFootball Cliche SongM25The Bland SongHarry Secombe
Series 9 I'm QueenCry, Gazza, CryWalk On ByWe're GuiltyThe Christmas SinglesIt's All For CharityLoadsanotes
Series 10 Life The American WayI Cocked It Up Again!We're Going BaldThank God For ActorsYou Need ArmsYou Just Can't Hate John Major
Series 11 My Willy Is TinyEssex Is CrapEveryone Goes To The ToiletThat's Where It IsDon't Knock The Police ForceSchools Out Of TeachersWe Were Only Obeying Orders
Series 12 ImplausibleEverything's Coming Up RosesSod Off PaulWe Wish We Were BlackTunnels of LoveWhy Can't The World Be Like HelloLonesome Charlie WindsorThe Kuwaiti SongFor The Times They Aren't-A Changing
Series 13 Heaven Knows I'm Miserable NowOur HouseThe Leader of IraqThere's No Business, Like No BusinessIt's Not UnusualWe're Glad Not To Be GayThank U Tory Voters
Series 14 No LyricsI Will SurviveLet's Blow the Whole World UpHey Good Lookin'Whiny Crappy PeopleMy BrotherAre You Getting Old or Are We ShiteYou’ll Never Walk Alone
Series 15 Shabba Man(How the Hell) Do We Get Away With ItThe Good BitSex MachinePrat Out of Hell
Series 16 Should I Stay Or Should I GoSinging BjollocksLooking Bloody StupidBig DealWhen You're Royal And In LoveIt's All Gone Horribly Wrong
Series 17 My Name is NaomiTuneBaby It's CackCharles' LifeYou Can't Get Rid of Me
Series 18 Haven't You Heard This Song Before?I've Got No MoneyShowbiz PeopleReach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)We're AlrightYou Make Me Want To Spit
Specials We're UselessTomorrow Belongs To MeWho Will Buy?Food, Dangerous FoodReviewing The SituationSend In The TroopsAmerica!Talk To The LiberalsPinstripe WizardAlways Look On The Bright Side of Life
Unused Ayatollah SongThe Singing Detective Song
Series 1 TBA
Series 2 TBA