England Swings

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"England Swings"
Single by Roger Miller
from the album Golden Hits
Released 1965 (1965)
Genre Country
Writer(s) Roger Miller
Roger Miller singles chronology
"Kansas City Star"
(1965)
"England Swings"
(1965)
"Husbands and Wives"
(1966)

"England Swings (Like a Pendulum Do)" is a 1965 country music song written and performed by Roger Miller. The single was Miller's eleventh hit on the US country chart where it peaked at number three.[1] On the Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at number eight and was Miller's second number one on the Easy Listening chart. Petula Clark (from the Colour My World album)[2] and Pat Boone both released cover versions in 1967. The title refers to Swinging London, a popular term for the progressive youth-centric cultural scene in London at the time. However, the lyrics don't convey any of this progressiveness: they mostly relate to stereotypical notions of traditional England, with references to "bobbies on bicycles", Westminster Abbey, and so forth (as in a tourism commercial). The song is lambasted in 'How The Brits Rocked America' (BBC), where Roger is presented as mocking the youth culture in a cynical and commercial way.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1965-1966) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
UK Singles Chart 13

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 231. 
  2. ^ Discography at Petula Clark's official site