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‘I Don’t Know What It Is But I Love It’

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 It’s football, but me mammy doesn’t understand it
It’s football, but the wife doesn’t get it
It’s an education – and I impart it, with passion, to the kids
But it’s more than football ….

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 ‘I Don’t Know What It Is But I Love It’

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 It’s a sport, with healthy benefits
It’s a sport, with a shared camaraderie
It’s a catalyst, that can bring us together
But also set us apart

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 ‘I Don’t Know What It Is But I Love It’

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 It’s football, reaching hands out across the planet
It’s a way of life, that’s all embracing
It’s a game, that we all adore
It’s an ethos, that I love with all my heart

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Notes

Inspired today (in the build up to tomorrow’s Champions League final – come on you Blues!) by reading Mark Lawrenson’s account of Liverpool’s 1984 European Cup triumph over AS Roma in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

“We had a lot of laughs in our dressing room and some big personalities. We’d already had a walk around the pitch to take in a very hostile atmosphere, which was Graeme Souness’s idea, then we were walked out into the tunnel for kick-off.

We had a lad in our squad called David Hodgson, who was from Middlesbrough. The singer Chris Rea also came from Middlesbrough and Hodgy started singing his song ‘I Don’t Know What It Is But I Love It’.

We all started singing it. Roma’s coach Nils Liedholm was finishing his team talk when he heard all this and he said afterwards he saw the colour draining out of his players’ faces to hear the opposition all giving a song moments before a game like that. It relaxed us and made them nervous”.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/i-dont-know-what-it-is-but-i-love-it/