Remember, remember sixteen hundred and five
When thirteen friends thought it was time to contrive
A plan to get rid of their government and king
And under cover of darkness to Parliament did bring
Thirty six barrels of gunpowder
Remember, remember that they had a good reason
And death was the price that you paid for your treason.
Repressing the Catholics was the root of their cause
And these men decided to abolish these laws.
James I turned out to be just as
intolerant of the Catholics as
Elizabeth I, in fact.
They stored all the gunpowder quite well out of sight
And then crept into Parliament under cover of night,
But the thought of killing some innocent folk,
Caused some to feel troubled, and one of them spoke.
He spoke to a friend - Lord
Monteagle - about the plan,
in an anonymous letter.
When the King heard the news, he called on his forces,
And to Parliament galloped his soldiers on horses.
Deep in the cellars Guy Fawkes was discovered
And the truth of the matter was quickly uncovered.
Some people say that the gunpowder was
too old and damp to have exploded anyway
He was thought to be traitor to country and King.
He was tortured, condemned and on the gallows did swing.
With bonfires they celebrated the safety of James –
And we remember this story today with our flames.
Even today we only allow Her Majesty
into Parliament once a year. Why?
Because we . . . R E M E M B E R!
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