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Tuesday, May 9

The England Poem

Have you seen this? A Liverpool poet named Roger McGough has written a poem for the England Team's campaign in Germany. Just read this rubbish... REASONS FOR WINNING Win it for the fans whose happiness will depend on it Win it for Sven whose career may well end on it Win it for the nurses and local authorities Win it for the poor and ethnic minorities Win it for the girl awaiting the operation Win it for the firefighters racing back to the station Win it for the late train and the overcrowded bus Win it for granny who can't understand the fuss Win it for prisoners banged up in their cells Win it for couples in seedy motels Win it for young mums pushing their buggies Win it for saddoes, asbos and druggies Win it for the dads who can't bear to lose Win it for Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz Win it for young Rooneys-in-the-playground, learning new tricks Win it for old heroes at Wembley, the class of sixty-six Win it for the ex-pats, all the fans overseas Win it for the viewers at home. Please. Win it for the ordinary man in the street. But above all, win it for yourselves You've got the world at your feet. Reasons for winning. No pressure. Bloody hell, Ralph McTell was born too early. Makes you pine for the John Barnes rap.

5 Comments:

  • Preferably something like this


    WORLD IN MOTION vs NEW ORDER - 09/06/1990
    2 weeks at #1 - 12 weeks on chart

    Some of the crowd are on the pitch
    Some of the crowd are on the pitch
    They think it's all over, it is now

    Express yourself
    Create the space
    You know you can win
    Don't give up the chase

    Beat the man
    Take him on
    You never give up
    Its one on one

    Express yourself
    Its one on one
    Express yourself
    Its one on one
    Express yourself
    You can't be wrong
    When somethings good
    Its never gone

    Loves got the world in motion
    And I know what we can do
    Loves got the world in motion
    And I can't believe its true

    Now is the time
    Let everyone see
    You never give up
    Thats how it should be
    Don't get caught
    Make your own play
    Express yourself
    Don't give it away

    Express yourself
    Its one on one
    Express yourself
    Its one on one
    Express yourself
    You can't be wrong
    When somethings good
    Its never gone

    Loves got the world in motion
    And I know what we can do
    Loves got the world in motion
    And I can't believe its true

    Loves got the world in motion
    And I know what we can do
    Loves got the world in motion
    And I can't believe its true

    You've got to hold and give
    But do it at the right time
    You can be slow or fast
    But you must get to the line
    They'll always hit you and hurt you
    Defend and attack
    Theres only one way to beat them
    Get round the back
    Catch me if you can
    Cos' I'm the England man
    And what you're looking at
    Is the master plan
    We ain't no hooligans
    This ain't a football song
    Three lions on my chest
    I know we can't go wrong

    We're playing for England {In-ger-land}
    We're playing the song

    We're singing for England {In-ger-land}
    Arrivederci its one on one

    We're playing for England {In-ger-land}
    We're playing the song
    We're singing for England {In-ger-land}
    Arrivederci its one on one
    We're playing for England {In-ger-land}
    We're playing the song
    We're singing for England {In-ger-land}
    Arrivederci its one on one
    We're playing for England {In-ger-land}
    We're playing the song
    We're singing for England {In-ger-land}
    Arrivederci its one on one

    By Blogger Chris P, at 9:20 PM  

  • There actually a version where Gazza does the rap.

    Dodgy Cup final song:

    http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/drilldown/N152306060510-1524.htm

    DERR DER DER DER DERRRRR DER DER DERRRRRRRR

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 11:25 AM  

  • Rich, can you lend me a couple fo quid so I can download that song - cough...

    Steve, awesome poem though I suspect Rich Hughes actually wrote it.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 4:26 PM  

  • What about "Three Lions (Football's Coming Home)" from Baddiel and Skinner (with the Lemonheads or some other crap band) in 1996?


    "And I still see that tackle by Moore, and when Lineker scored, Bobby belting the ball, and Nobby dancing..."


    Beats lousy poetry by a mile.

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 5:20 PM  

  • "Meat Pie, Sausage Roll,
    c'mon England give us a goal!"

    -Patrick

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:38 PM  

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