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Barclays Premier League football kicks off August 17 on Sportsnet & Sportsnet World
While you’re soaking up the electrifying exhilaration that is the Barclays Premier League on your big screen, tablet or wireless device this season, do us a favour, lads – listen up carefully!
What you’ll hear, in songs and chants from the joyous in-stadium fans, will range from the sacred to the profane, from the wickedly witty and downright saucy to the truly inspirational, with each tune demonstrating the fans’ undying vocal support for their clubs. Here’s a roundup of the most notable (and notorious) songs.
You’ll Never Walk Alone
One of the most inspirational anthems is Liverpool’s rousing rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” a former 1945 show tune first popularized, in 1963, by the Merseybeat band Gerry and the Pacemakers. It’s been a Liverpool fan favourite since then and, because of the Reds’ footballing success, it has become known worldwide.
When the Spurs Go Marching In
Another stirring anthem is Tottenham’s version of the American gospel hymn “When the Saints Go Marching In,” which has often been used in funeral marches and is notably associated with the city of New Orleans. Tottenham supporters replace “Saints” with “Spurs” and do a slow-then-fast-tempo version, complete with rhythmic clapping. Check your pulse if this anthem fails to get you going.
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
The strangest anthem is West Ham’s version of “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles,” a popular American song that became a hit in British music halls and theatres during the early 1920s, when it was also introduced to the football club. There’s a West Ham tradition of fans blowing real bubbles at matches to accompany the frothy song.
One of the most heartfelt songs is Manchester City’s rendition of the classic ballad “Blue Moon,” famously covered by the likes of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Bob Dylan. The melancholic song describes being very sad and lonely prior to finding love. Manchester City fans, who dress in blue, got to chase away their own decades-long blues when City won the Premier League title last season.
Football chants are often indelicate but can also be quite ingenious, and no topic is off limits – even if it’s being caught for bedding someone else’s wife. Chelsea’s John Terry, who’s been connected to adulterous incidents, is often the subject of clever chants such as “same old Terry, always cheating!” (sung by rival fans).
The famous patriotic Cuban song “Guantanamera” is often used positively by Premier League fans to praise a favourite player – “One (insert player name); there’s only one (player name).”
• When: The 2013-14 season starts August 17, 2013
• Where: Sportsnet & Sportsnet World
• News & Fixtures: sportsnet.ca/soccer