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Songs for an 'Iron Lady'

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Songs for an 'Iron Lady'


The Iron Lady – as Margaret Thatcher was known – found herself the subject of many lyrics and songs over the years, from Morrissey to raps about the 1981 unemployment riots.

There has probably never been a head of state more reviled in song than the former Conservative Party British prime minister, who died on Monday.

Some might say that Thatcher exerted a creative influence on British music from the late ’70s through to the late ’80s and beyond.

During her 11-year reign, Thatcher was the politician that British musicians, and a few non-Brits, loved to hate.

Artists like Elvis Costello, Klaus Nomi, Morrissey, even Pink Floyd composed and sang songs about her.

To mark the death of the former prime minister, here are a few of those songs.

1. Elvis Costello – Tramp the Dirt Down (1989)

2. Morrissey – Margaret on the Guillotine (1988)

3. Pink Floyd -The Fletcher Memorial Home (1983)

4. The English Beat – Stand Down Margaret (1980)

5. Klaus Nomi – Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead (1982)

6. The Varukers – Thatcher’s Fortress (1984)

7. The Larks – Maggie Maggie Maggie (Out Out Out) (1985)

8. Hefner – The Day that Thatcher Dies (2000)

Thatcher’s quotable quotes
  • “I don’t think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime.” – as Education Secretary in 1973, six years before becoming Britain’s first, and so far only, woman prime minister
  • “Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.” – Quoting St Francis of Assisi after her 1979 election victory
  • “I am not a consensus politician. I’m a conviction politician.” – 1979
  • “I don’t mind how much my ministers talk, as long as they do what I say.” – 1980
  • “We had to fight the enemy without in the Falklands. We always have to be aware of the enemy within, which is much more difficult to fight and more dangerous to liberty.” – On the 1984-85 miners’ strike which provoked some of the fiercest union opposition to her economic policies
  • “We are not asking for a penny piece of community money for Britain. What we are asking is for a very large amount of our own money back, over and above what we contribute to the community, which is covered by our receipts from the community.”- At a European Economic Community summit 1979
  • “To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say: You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.” – 1980 Conservative Party conference, to colleagues urging her to soften her economic policies that were blamed for high unemployment
  • “This is a day I was not meant to see.” – To reporters the day after surviving a deadly 1984 Irish Republican Army bomb attack on the Conservative Party conference
  • “We have become a grandmother.” – On the birth of her first grandchild, 1989
  • “No! No! No!” At the House of Commons in 1990, the climax of an anti-European outburst that moved Geoffrey Howe to quit as deputy prime minister and deliver a resignation speech which called for her to be challenged for her job
  • “I fight on, I fight to win.” – In November 1990, after failing to win enough votes to avoid a second round in the Conservative leadership contest. She resigned the next day
  • “It’s a funny old world” – On her decision to quit in 1990

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