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Paying The Penalty

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Oh England, my Lionheart
Step up, men born for this day
Waddle … MISS and Pearce … SAVE
Into the night, they stream away

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Years of hurt but it’s coming home
The nation holds it’s breath
Gareth Southgate … tamely shoots
Out we go in “sudden death”

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Victory awaits and England expects
Folks back home, they watch and wave
Ince and Batty … both fail to score
Gallant losers, bold and brave

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 This England never did, nor never shall …
And this is the moment for glory
Beckham … MISS and Vassell … SAVE
Wearing thin, this same old story

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Arrows of desire, chariots of fire
A chance to raise our game
Lampard, Gerrard, Carragher …
Three Lions, hang heads in shame

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Notes

World Cup 1990 Italy
European Championship 1996 England
World Cup 1998 France
European Championship 2004 Portugal
World Cup 2006 Germany

Thanks to (Kate) Bush, Baddiel & Skinner, Nelson, Shakespeare and Blake for their assistance.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/paying-the-penalty/