One of the missing pieces in the Closing Ceremony was the quintessential London song, Waterloo Sunset, sung by Ray Davies of the Kinks. The song is more or less about Waterloo Bridge, which is both a pedestrian and road traffic link between London and the South Bank, and due to its location at a bend in the river, has excellent views of some key spots in London, like St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Gherkin, as well as Westminster and the London Eye. Waterloo Sunset has been named one of the greatest songs about London, as well as the anthem of London. It was named as one of the best rock n’roll songs by Rolling Stone magazine.
When Ray Davies sang the tagline of the song: Sha-la-la, the entire crowd at the stadium sang it along with him. Here’s the song on YouTube from the ceremony. There’s a little bit of Beatles first, then it swings into Waterloo Sunset. Listen for the crowd singing along.
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