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Liverbard Sessions 3: Please Don’t Go Dr Zaf

Not only have Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson moved on to other teams but Head Medic Dr Zaf Iqbal left LFC this season.

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Liverbard Sessions 2: No Goals

Woke up this morning with I’ve Got No Strings going round my head – must be something to do with seeing Age Of Ultron yesterday…

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Liverbard Sessions 1: Emre Can

I’m working on a little side project writing some Liverpool/Football related chants/songs. I’ve decide to do this because

  • Fans are singing less at matches
  • The standard of writing is generally poor (reminds me of my old job as a worship leader!)
  • It might be fun

I’m gonna limit myself to 1 hour to recording each song and 1 hour to produce a youtube vid.

Here’s the first one

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Behind The Song

Behind The Song: Djimi Traore

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I Dreamed A Dream

Paul McCartney wrote Yesterday in a dream. Coleridge wrote Kubla Khan in a dream. I wouldn’t put myself in either of them but Djimi Traore came to me in a dream too. But as well as hearing the chorus playing over and over in my head I also dreamed about playing the finished song for lots of scousers (they hated it) and the ‘real’ Djimi Traore (who found it personally insulting). In my dream the ‘real’ Djimi was an elderly, overweight white scouser and living in a modest Liverpool home. When I woke up I wrote down the parts I could remember and wondered if Paul’s dream came with it’s own harbingers of doom.

No One Ever Sang Before The Beatles

The inspiration for the first verse was an article on the Anfield Wrap website that credited Liverpool FC with the birth of football terrace singing. Before 1963 the fans used to clap, cheer and chant players names, but when a new PA system was installed at Anfield DJ Stuart Bateman started to play the top 10 singles before the match to entertain the crowd and, as this coincided with the explosion of the Mersey-sound, many were by local bands and singers (one of the hits was You’ll Never Walk Alone which became the club anthem). The fans in the Kop stand sang along and when the matches started people carried on singing.

He Just Can’t Control His Feet

The message of the song is that anyone can have a significant part to play. Djimi was a much loved figure of fun at the club, earning his place in the Kop songbook with a comedy own goal

Don’t blame it on the Biscan
Don’t blame it on the Haman
Don’t blame it on the Finnan
Blame it on Traore

He just can’t, he just can’t,
He just can’t control his feet.

But towards the end of the 2005 Champions League final Djimi made a clearance off the line that kept Liverpool in the game that they went on to win after penalties, claiming their 5th European title.

4 Fabs, 2 Goals And A Pub

With an opening verse like that I wanted to go full Beatard. The arrangement – poor and synthetic as it currently is, was a nod to Eleanor Rigby and the the first melody note, a 4th over a minor chord is a steal from Help. The Can’t Buy Me Love and I Want To Hold Your Hand nods were happy accidents.

The bridge was constructed from the commentary on two famous Steven Gerrard goals. I’d heard them over and over again on my son’s DVDs. I love working with ‘found lyrics’ like this.

The Sandon is the famous Merseyside pub where LFC was formed in 1892.

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Liverbard Sessions 0.5: Suarez Is His Name

Why can’t Roy Hodgson sleep at night?
1 minute 20 seconds of punk rock football bragging
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Who’s scored more goals than your whole team?
Suarez, Suarez
Who’s scored more goals than your whole team?
Suarez is his name
He can score at home, he can score away
Who’s scored more goals than your whole team?
Suarez is his name

Give that man a golden boot
Suarez, Suarez
If anybody should get two
Suarez is his name
He can score all day, he scores from miles away
Give that man a golden boot
Suarez is his name

Why can’t Roy Hodgson sleep at night?
Suarez, Suarez
The nightmare ‘nine’ from Uruguay
Suarez is his name
Brazil is hot and wet, but that’s not why he sweats
Why can’t Roy Hodgson sleep at night?
Suarez is his name
Who’s scored more goals than your whole team?
Suarez is his name
Suarez!

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Paula Carragher’s Brave Decision

In 1977 Paula Carragher was given some heartbreaking news. After having already suffered two miscarriages she was told that the unborn child she was now carrying had Spina Bifida, a serious birth defect of the spinal cord.

The doctors asked her to consider the option of having an abortion.

Strengthened by her Catholic faith, she refused, determined to care for the baby no matter how disabled it would be.

“Our Lord told me to have the baby”, is what she maintains to this day.

On 28 Jan 1978 her son, James Carragher, was born.

Later this afternoon (4 Sept 10) James (or Jamie as he is better known) will play his testimonial match at Anfield Football Stadium.

 

It’s a very special celebration of Jamie’s career playing for Liverpool Football Club. So far that career includes over 600 matches, 2 FA cups, 2 League Cups, 1 Champions League, 1 UEFA Cup, 2 European Super Cups, 2 Charity Shields and 1 FA Youth Cup as well as over 30 appearances for his country.

It’s an amazing achievement, made possible because one brave lady faced her difficult decision and made the right choice.

Thank you Paula.

(source, Carra: My Autobiography by Jamie Carragher & Chris Bascombe)

 

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