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Like Many Blues, I love the sound of Goodison in full voice.
Giving energy & commitment to Our Royal Blue Jerseys.

So naturally, I have a passion to create a truly powerful Everton Anthem.
Something that puts dread and fear into opposition.
I love a wide spread of music, from Classical to Indie to Punk and Celtic
For years I've trawled for something befitting Our Unique Club.

A song that will literally have opposing players drop to their knees.

So, I heard this haunting version of a Bob Dylan song (I think).
Instantly, I heard The Street End delivering this with devastating effect.

The lyrics are dedicated to a parent singing to their newborn......

May God bless and keep You Always,
May Your wishes all come true,
May You always do the right thing,
And always Be a Blue,
May You build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung,

May You play for Everton,
May You play for Everton,

May You grow up to righteous,
May You grow up to be Blue,
May You always know the truth,
And feel the strength surrounding You,
May You always be courageous,
Stand Upright and be strong,
And may You play for Everton,
May You play for Everton,

May you always be truthful,
May Your feet always be swift,
May the Street End always support You when the winds of changes shift,
May Your heart always be joyful,
May Your name be always sung,
And may You play for Everton...
May You play for Everton.....

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Danny O’Neill
1 Posted 08/02/2022 at 07:00:45
In my experience, we've never been a choir, like our cousins.

We don't have ultra-style singing like Palace.

When up for it, we make noise; a wall of noise. But we've always kept it simple.

I want to retire Grand Old Team.

We Shall Not Be Moved is Iconic and ours. And I love Goodison Guys. It may be an old song, but seeing young supporters belt it out and banging the hoardings between the upper and lower Shed End was special. It's simple and unique. It's Everton.

I've said that before so sorry for the repeat, but one of my moments of the season.

Brian Williams
2 Posted 08/02/2022 at 08:22:33
Agree with Danny. We've never been a crowd to sing all the way through a game like some do, rather annoyingly in my opinion.

Also, I agree about We Shall Not Be Moved. When that was sung on Saturday, it took me back to the '80s and our regular Wembley visits.

Grand Old Team? Get rid. The crowd can only sing the first couple of lines anyway and there's nowt worse than a roaring start to a song that fades away almost immediately.

When You're Smiling was another one I used to like "without me kecks on" which could be resurrected when we start smiling a lot more!

As for Bob Dylan rewrites, sorry not for me!

Dennis Stevens
3 Posted 08/02/2022 at 15:41:45
Not Tangled Up In Blue?
Dave Williams
4 Posted 08/02/2022 at 16:07:53
We shall not be moved was a constant in the mid sixties and always evokes memories of the Holy Trinity. Great Everton song!
I have to say that “ It’s a grand old team” leaves me a bit cold- who on earth found that? “ Spirit of the blues” is a decent song but for atmosphere I thought the prolonged sirens on Saturday followed by an eerie silence before the boys walked out was fantastic and would have spooked the Brentford players a bit too.
Barry Rathbone
5 Posted 08/02/2022 at 17:37:05
Alexander, agree wholeheartedly a proper anthem has been a massive miss for the club for as long as I can remember. Given Bill Kenwrights background I'm surprised he hasn't got a grip of this because it won't come from the terraces bar a few chants like "carlo fantastico" those days have long gone.

If you're reading Bill I've got several cracking songs dedicated to the blues but they need producing properly and backed by the club and let's face it if the celtic tune "grand old team" can gain popularity anything can

Mike Price
6 Posted 09/02/2022 at 11:15:41
I hate Grand Old Team too, it's dated and boring, it sounds like it was sung by George Formby. Forever Everton and Z-Cars are crap and uninspiring too.

When we move to the new stadium we'll hopefully get change. I quite like U2's Street's Have No Name, the instrumental bit at the start. Vancouver Canucks hockey team use it as they come out at home and it can be awesome.

Barry Hesketh
7 Posted 09/02/2022 at 11:22:37
Is it really that important?

As Danny rightly observes, Evertonians aren't big on flag-waving and hymn singing, we only care about getting a tune out of our players and team.

Unfortunately, this morning, that tune sounds like a Death March.

Tony Pemberton
8 Posted 09/02/2022 at 19:08:22
Not an anthem but does anyone remember us having a song to "If he only had a heart" or it might have been "if only he was brave"?
Dale Self
9 Posted 16/02/2022 at 19:52:16
Dennis 3 nicely played. I was thinking ‘Everything is Broken’ but now hopefully we are shifting our Tom Waits to Frank’s Wild Years !

And nice thought Alexander. Ill leave that to the locals.

Tony Abrahams
10 Posted 16/02/2022 at 20:15:56
Bill Kenwright has amused himself to death!
Michael Lynch
11 Posted 16/02/2022 at 20:26:59
Come on without/Come on within/You'll not see nothing like the mighty Everton!

That and "We Shall Not Be Moved"

The old 'uns are the best, time we revived them.

Tommy Carter
12 Posted 16/02/2022 at 20:36:09
Our best song obviously is

Here we go…

EVERTON we’re Everton and we’ll be Everton forever.

Brian Murray
13 Posted 16/02/2022 at 20:41:07
Tony Abraham’s. Here’s hoping 🙄💙
Mike Hughes
14 Posted 16/02/2022 at 20:43:57
Singing is just not us.
So why risk being accused of following / imitating others?

We don’t need singing to make GP a bear pit (just ask Frank Lampard as he found it an intimidating place as a player).

Besides, “Kopites are Gobshites” is a classic.

Or, if we had to sing a new one, how about a song by a great band I saw at The Leadmill in Sheffield in the late 80’s - Timbuk3 - with their classic, a version of which we could do with a bit of work?

“The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”

Kieran Kinsella
15 Posted 16/02/2022 at 20:53:18
I found singing weird when I went to a Celtic cup semi final game -- which they lost -- to Motherwell -- but most of the people around me seemed to be more occupied with doing Harry Secombe impressions. I was the only one focussing on important matters like berating Gerry Creaney.
Mike Gaynes
16 Posted 16/02/2022 at 20:57:30
Alex applause for the effort, and as it happens I love this song and sing it regularly, but it's not a footy club anthem.

Brian and Mike, I'm with you. Grand Old Team was the first Everton song I learned, and I never liked it a bit. Especially the mention of the RS. They don't belong in our songs.

Michael #11, I've never heard those songs in an Everton mode, but I would enthusiastically support your effort to revive them. Great ones both.

Ray Robinson
17 Posted 16/02/2022 at 21:01:59
I agree "Grand Old Team" is dated and reminds me of the cloth cap and whippet era. It's embarrassing, reminds me of how behind the times we are and smacks of Kenwright sentimentality. Being of a certain vintage, I love "Hey Jude", and "Ferry across the Mersey" should definitely be incorporated in the pre-match music when we're in our new home down by the river. Does an anthem matter? Well yes, it forges a unique identity for the club. You don't even have to sing along. Local Hero and Newcastle, for example.

As for pre-match music, having been to many away games over the years, I used to love the instrumental version of Eminem's "Lose Yourself" at Stoke and "Wake Up" by Arcade Fire, the song that accompanies Burnley as they come out. But for sheer energy, we could adopt "Connector" by local band, the Coral. If that doesn't lift the atmosphere nothing will. Give it a listen. Even the curmudgeonly old fogies might stamp their feet to it!

Paul Swan
18 Posted 16/02/2022 at 21:03:23
In my book you can’t beat a good rendition of “if I had the arse of a donkey”
Phil Bellis
19 Posted 16/02/2022 at 21:12:01
Paul, 18
I remember it as
"If I had the wings of a sparrow
If I had the arse of a crow
I'd fly over Anfield tomorrow..."
probably memory going !
Paul Swan
20 Posted 16/02/2022 at 21:17:21
I brought up my kids up on “if I had the arse of a donkey and I had the wings of a crow, I would fly over Anfield tomorrow and shit on the bastards below” I like the imagery of donkey shite more than crows…. Better coverage
Phil Bellis
21 Posted 16/02/2022 at 21:24:57
Fully agree..I shall check with the maestro on Everton Songs website👌
Clive Rogers
22 Posted 16/02/2022 at 21:46:31
It is a Dylan song, it’s Forever Young.
Stephen Vincent
23 Posted 16/02/2022 at 22:04:45
Never change Z Cars.

Have been MSG to see the NY Rangers a few times and you can't beat 20,000 people bellowing Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones.

Hey Ho Let's Go.

Dennis Stevens
24 Posted 07/03/2022 at 17:26:48
With Z becoming seen as a Russian pro-war symbol, the Club may have to reconsider our use of Z-Cars for fear of it's continued use being mis-interpreted as a sign of support for Russia.
Colin Metcalfe
25 Posted 07/03/2022 at 17:57:27
My hope is if and when we finally move into our new home at Bramley-Moore Dock, we can have a new modern tune for the players to run out to, my personal choice would be "Two Tribes" by Frankie with the siren to start and as for Grand Old Team please bin it, it's embarrassing!
Dennis Stevens
26 Posted 07/03/2022 at 18:05:59
Modern, Colin? Two Tribes?
Barry Hesketh
27 Posted 08/03/2022 at 13:36:55
Dennis @24
If Everton were to use a single letter to signify the club it would have to be "Y"
Y do we bother, Y can't the team produce two good performances in a row, Y can't they manage a shot on target away from Goodison. There's a host of others to put on the list but Y would I list them it would only bore you to bits?

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