Play-Acting Thrives But Passion Still Lives

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 way up in the Nou Camp the night looked busy
some of those fans must have gone home dizzy
high as the level where the Chelsea fans sit
five tiers up as their hosts see fit
lofty as the hope in a Barca fan’s dreams
96000 in the theatre of screams
try to squeeze class through a tightly built sieve
when play-acting thrives but the pasion still lives

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 heady as a contest from long gone times
fired up and wound up you could read the signs
cast iron defences we never should unlock
gotta put one over on the new kids on the block
never used to flinch when I was child
even when the tackles used to fly in wild
patched up players who were all working class
still no match for our pamepered superstars
but nothing is immovable and something’s gotta give
when play-acting thrives but the pasion still lives

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 too many refs on a pitch made for one
loads to muse over when the game’s gone and done
always was a classic but lacking in class
save for the rareness of a Ronaldinho pass
seat-edge drama queens with Lampard on his toes
nights when emotion in ev’ry face shows
packed with potential throughout either side
crazy as a driver-less Alton Towers ride
strong like an ox or an Essien run
faster than a bullet from an art-Deco gun
lock up your kitchens and hide away the knives
pasion on acid but it’s acting that thrives

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 three years running and incidents galore
only ten yellows but why not more?
12 straight reds might have calmed things down
I’d love to see five a side inside that ground
meanwhile the hatred and the jealousy grows
and where it’s gonna stop I guess nobody knows
one thing’s for certain it ain’t over yet
these guys to meet again is still a fair bet
with head to head champions something always gives
when play-acting thrives but the pasion still lives


Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/play-acting-thrives-but-passion-still-lives/