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"UKIP Calypso" Might Be The Most Cringeworthy Political Anthem Ever

The lyrics are filled with references to the party's aspirations and target seats. Oh, and it's sung in a fake Jamaican accent.

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UKIP today released a bizarre song called "The UKIP Calypso".

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It was played on LBC last week and quickly divided opinion. Naturally, it's sung in a faux-Jamaican accent.

The lyrics to the chorus are: "Oh yes, when we take charge / And the new prime minister is Farage / We can trade with the world again / When Nigel is at Number 10."

The song, which debuted at a gala dinner for UKIP members, is sung by former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read. Read has spoken at numerous Conservative Party conferences over the years, but announced he had switched to UKIP in 2010.

The lyrics to one verse mock the BBC and the party leader, running: "Now Farage he likes his fags and beer / There's one thing I want to get clear / Now I like Nigel, he's a friend of mine / But he appears more than Dimbleby on Question Time."

The song also refers to key UKIP target seats, such as Thanet South, Thurrock, and Clacton-on-Sea, where the party last week won its first elected MP.

And there was an instant response. Just look at these Amazon reviews of the song.

Not everyone was so positive, however.

You're telling me UKIP have released a song, called UKIP Calypso, by Mike Read 'singing' in a faux-Jamaican accent?

Sophie Bichener@SophieLB1Follow

You're telling me UKIP have released a song, called UKIP Calypso, by Mike Read 'singing' in a faux-Jamaican accent?

12:42 PM - 20 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A lot of people were simply baffled.

Some used the song and suggestions it could reach No. 1 to reflect on the state of music today. #Deep

The state of music these days means that UKIP Calypso can be a thing

Philip Murphy@maplaptopFollow

The state of music these days means that UKIP Calypso can be a thing

12:39 PM - 20 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

If there's one thing to take away from this situation, it's that the catchy-but-awful "Friday" may finally have met its match.

I thought that Rebecca Black's "Friday" was the worst song ever. UKIP Calypso has proven me wrong. #fail

Christian DeFeo@doctorcdfFollow

I thought that Rebecca Black's "Friday" was the worst song ever. UKIP Calypso has proven me wrong. #fail

12:47 PM - 20 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Here are the full lyrics (h/t UsVsTh3m):

Tax payers money where does it go?
Not even George Osborne knows
When we're in power and we engage
There will be no tax on minimum wage

Our leaders committed a cardinal sin
Open the borders let them all come in
Illegal immigrants in every town
Stand up and be counted Blair and Brown

Chorus:
Oh yes when we take charge
And the new Prime Minister is Farage
We can trade with the world again
When Nigel is at number 10

The British People have been let down
That's why UKIP is making ground
From Crewe to Cleethorpes to Outer Hendon
They don't believe Cameron's referendum

Coalition could be a fact
With any party we could make a pact
Stop telling lies about us too
And we'll stop telling the truth about you

[Chorus]

Though our pension scheme is in a mess
We need money for the NHS
With Jean-Claude Juncker we're giving away
55 million every day

Oh what a farce, he won the vote
This is my favourite Juncker quote
He looked the reporters straight in the eyes
"When things get serious it's time to lie"

[Chorus]

The EU live in wonderland
Tried to ban bent bananas and British jam
We don't want jam the EU way
Jam yesterday, tomorrow and never today

The daily polls suggest somehow
UKIP are the third party now
In the Euro elections we were so immersed
We weren't the third party, we were the first

[Chorus]

When the government's sitting on the fence
UKIP policies make more sense
Get out of Europe, is our target
Common wealth and not common market

Other parties please take note
UKIP is not a protest vote
So mark your cross and by word of mouth
Tell them what to do in Thanet South

[chorus]

With the EU we must be on our mettle
They want to change our lawnmowers and our kettles
Our hairdryers, smartphones and vacuum cleaners
But UKIP is wise to their misdemeanours

Farage he likes his fags and beer
But there's one thing I want to get clear
Now I like Nigel he's a friend of mine
He appears on Dimbleby on Question Time

[chorus]

The other parties will count the costings
In Eastleigh, Thurrock and Bow they're lost in
Labour and Tories shaking in their boots
When UKIP kick them up the grassroots

Meanwhile down on Clacton-on-Sea
UKIP are making history
Douglas Carswell is quite adamant
Will be the first MP in parliament

[chorus]

Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Siraj Datoo at siraj.datoo@buzzfeed.com.

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