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Footballer’s Blues/The Price Of A Beer

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 football was my first love and it will be my last
i would have loved to play for England but i was too crap to ask
it started in the playground and ended up in tears
now i watch it down the pub – with the lads and a beer

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Pele was my idol – he was on my wall
i used to wish i was Brazilian – when i got the ball –
Georgie Best and Greavesie never could compare
and they wound up down the pub with the lads for a beer

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Southgate broke my heart – when he missed that penalty
if he hadn’t lost his bottle we’d have beaten Germany –
now we’ve got a pop-star captain and a Swedish mana-geer
but i’ll be watching England – for the price of a beer

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Wembley was the dream in ev’ry football town
it used to feel like magic – – now they’ve gone and pulled it down
I don’t know now where they’ll build it – and i don’t even care
i’ll be in some pub in Cardiff with the lads and a beer

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 I used to go to matches – standing in the rain
singing dodgy anthems – we were not ashamed
now they’re sitting in glass-boxes – on the second tier
and i’m sitting here with Sky – for the price of a beer

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 we used to teach the youngsters – to play the people’s game
but evr’ything is moving and nothing stays the same
now it’s just the rich and famous playing over here
and the kids are down the pub with the lads and a beer

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 we used to feel connected – we were working class
we were close to all the players-but that’s all in the past
the beauty of a live game – is just too dear
so we watch it on the big screen with nostalgia and beer

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 so now football’s hit the big time-and all those days are gone
but i’m still a football poet and football will go on
i don’t know now where it’s going – and i don’t really care
cos I watch it down the pub for the price of a beer.

In answer to to the oft asked question – What Price Football?
Sky’s The Limit for many – you could say…

Inspired by and crudely adapted from “A Bang On The Ear”- Fisherman’s Blues/TheWaterboys @Mike Scott/The Waterboys

With thanks to Mike Scott, Steve Wickham,The Waterboys and all who sail with them upon this football sea of life.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/footballers-bluesthe-price-of-a-beer/