Thursday, 11 October 2007

'Goikoetxea's meaner, Champions, Argentina!!'


Hey folks,
JJ here,

As John Terry’s possible injury causes a stir in England (he’s not Iron Man lads, he’s an overrated underling of Ricardo Carvalho), the situation in Dublin is even worse. The hugely average Alex Bruce has been drafted into the squad and Steven Ireland is still busy sorting out his demons while undoubtedly avoiding his hair plugs getting caught in the wind when he’s out and about.

So, to put a little cheer back into proceedings I decided to dig up the lyrics to The Memories Italia ’90 reworking of ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ by Billy Joel. We’ve mentioned it on the podcast before but not sure if we’ve stuck up the absolutely immense lyrics in full.

Now, I couldn’t find the link to this on YouTube but I know it’s out there somewhere so any help is appreciated. To make up for the lack of link though here’s the original (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq3PVHVn0kE) and here’s yesterday’s blog star Brian Clough giving his opinion on Mick McCarthy prior to Stuttgart ’88 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylou3upPPxc). And fuck it, here’s everyone’s favourite fat Sky Sports News monkey Kenny Sansom impersonating Ronald Reagan amongst others (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CRkiUgCosw).

As for the song, the story goes that Joel liked this version so much he learned it for a concert in Dublin during the early nineties. This is most likely absolute rubbish but fuck it I’ll spread the myth anyway… so here goes.

‘We’re Gonna Start a Fire’ (oh to have some of that optimism again)

Jackie Charlton, Eoin Hand
Johnny Giles, Ireland
Mick McCarthy, Stephen Staunton
Cascarino
Tony Galvin, Niall Quinn
Packie doesn't let em in
North of Ireland
South of Ireland
Only one can go

Paul McGrath, Back Four
Aldridge got another score
World Cup
English Clubs
Kevin Moran and the Dubs
European Championship
How can we forget the trip
Andy Townsend, Kevin Sheedy
Stapleton's a supersub

We're gonna start a fire
And when Rome is burning
there'll be no returning

We're gonna start a fire
We have Jack to mind us
and the fans behind us

Butragueño, Hungary
We scared the Dutch in Germany
Charlie Hurley, Liam Tuohy
Opel Invest
Ray Houghton, Liverpool
Ronnie Whelan's so cool
O'Leary in the Sunday World
Con is in the press

Stuttgart was no dream
now we have a winning team
Billy Bingham, Budapest
Man of Magic, Georgie Best
Eamon Dunphy writes it down
Dalymount to Landsdowne
English Football in a mess
Trouble on the Terraces

We're gonna start a fire
And when Rome is burning
there'll be no returning

We're gonna start a fire
We have Jack to mind us
and the fans behind us

Dasayev, Sócrates,
Maradona, Ardiles,
Puskás, Bessonov,
René van de Kerkhof,
Hamilton, Jim Magee,
Saint And Greavsie on TV,
Maradona, Hand of God
Brady should be in the Squad

Chris Morris, score draw
Don Givens, Denis Law,
Eusebio, Junior, Ronnie Whelan Senior
Pelé #10
We'll never see his like again
Goikoetxea's meaner
Champions, Argentina


We're gonna start a fire
And when Rome is burning
there'll be no returning

We're gonna start a fire
We have Jack to mind us
and the fans behind us



Netherlands, Egypt
England got a free trip
Pleaded, Seeded
Because of their supporters
Ruud Gullit might be out
Holland wouldn't have a shout
Hoddle and Waddle
Have they got the bottle?
We have England in the draw
And the Dutch like before
One thing that we're grateful for
We didn't get the Mafia

We're gonna start a fire
And when Rome is burning
there'll be no returning

We're gonna start a fire
We have Jack to mind us
and the fans behind us

Seeded in Sicily
Off the coast of Italy
6 hour boat trip
We can take the hardship
But the fans couldn't care
They can travel anywhere
No one else can match the sound
Our supporters bring around
June 11, English Game
We can do the trick again
Egypt next and then the Dutch
Its the second round for us
When we finally get to Rome
No one will be left at home
Aldridge is about to score
Listen to the Irish Roar

We're gonna start a fire
And when Rome is burning
there'll be no returning

We'll bring the Sam Maguire
We have Jack to mind us
and the fans behind us

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why would you bring the Sam Maguire?

JJ said...

I have no idea chief. Though at the end of a six verse song, much like the end of a night out boozing, every stupid idea seems to make sense.

Plus they wanted to appeal to boggers.

Mark said...

i'm a "give it a lash, Jack" man myself, but 'put 'em under pressure has a special place as well
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CopOXfetMGs

Anonymous said...

saw headline yesterday saying O Shea gives timely boost to Staunton...thought the cunt had managed to give himself a solid injury...no such luck

Is this betting said...

I didn't realise Kenny Samson was such an idiot. He always came across as a very quiet footballer. Not sure if I warm more to those naive players of 1988 or the more media savvy ones of today.

Probably neither if I'm honest. Keep footballers on the pitch is my opinion.

Donal said...

That's the first positive mention I've seen of Steve Staunton in a long time. Great trip down memory lane, I remember every word. At this point you might expect me to say "we didn't know how good we had it", but I don't think that's really true.

Even during the halcyon days of 1988-94 there was a sentiment that this was a golden era, which wouldn't last. Nevertheless, I never thought we'd descend to our current depths, but then, I hadn't anticipated that somebody with *NO* managerial experience would be appointed to the top job at a time when we hadn't come within an asses bawl of qualifying for a major tournament for 4 years.

Mal said...

Have a look at this. Apparently we had an erection in goals.

Mark said...

nice clip, Boner in goal did well...

JJ said...

The craig charles commentary on that clip is a disgrace, never let an actor near football under any circumstances.

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Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdnZgmwA9h4
That's the current link to the song on youtube. :)

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