Special Sub-Topic: AFL Club Songs
|Which team's song is the tune to the French national anthem?|
Brisbane Lions. We are the pride of Brisbane town,
We wear maroon, blue and gold. Is the first 2 lines from the Brisbane theme song.
La Marseillaise is the name of the song which was written by 'Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle' (yes that is his name) in 1792. But it wasn't until 1944 that Norm Byron rewrote the words. The words are almost the same when they were written to how they are now. Before Brisbane Lions was merged, this was Fitzroy's song. The Brisbane Bears had a song set to 'Glory, Glory, Halleluja'.
|Which team had the first club song?|
Collingwood Magpies. Good old Collingwood forever,
we know how to play the game. Is the first 2 lines of Collingwood's club song.
This song was rewrote to the tune of the American Civil War and the Boer War marching song 'Goodbye Dolly Gray' in 1906. In the 1980's the board proposed to change some of the words but was turned down by the supporters. The Demon's club song was the second oldest being sung back in 1912.
|Which team is 'always striving for glory and fame'?|
Essendon Bombers. See the Bombers fly up, up!
To win the premiership flag.
Our boys who play this grand old game,
Are always striving for glory and fame! Is the first 4 lines of the Essendon Bombers Club Song.
There is a dispute over who actually wrote the song. Two different people are claiming different things. But the common theme is that a band played a song called sunnyside up at an Essendon Club meeting in 1906. And the club loved it so much that they decided to adopt it from there.
|Which teams has the longest full club song (including all verses and most words?|
Port Adelaide Power. We've got the Power to win
Power to rule
Come on, Port Adelaide aggression. Is the first few lines from the Port Power Club Song.
Port Adelaide's club song is the longest current with 171 words and 39 lines. North Melbourne's has 112 words. Fremantle's song has 100 words and Geelong's song has 92 words.
An interesting fact is that the old Brisbane Bears had a club song with 168 words and 5 verses. In 1997, the Power held a competition to find a club song. After more than 70 entries were considered, 'The Power to Win' was declared the winner. It was written by Quentin Eyers and Les Kaczmarek (the original bass player with Cold Chisel). The song was so popular it even got to the No. 1 spot on the South Australian charts.
|Which is the team 'that never lets you down'?|
Carlton Blues. We are the Navy Blues,
We are the old dark Navy Blues,
We're the team that never lets you down. Is the first 3 lines of the Carlton Blues club song.
In the 1930's the Blues had just won a game but they complained to the club 'it just wasn't the same as when the other clubs win.' The board members rejected it and they couldn't be bothered. So the players themselves, along with coach Dan Minogue and the direction of some players like captain Frank Gill sat down together as a team and wrote the original tune of 'We are the Navy Blues'.
|Which team song's lyrics are most similar to the original tune of which it was set to?|
St.Kilda Saints. Oh when the Saints, go marching in,
Oh when the Saints, go marching in. Is the first couple of lines of the St.Kilda club song.
The only difference between the St.Kilda song and the original tune of 'the Saints go Marching in' is that the words 'Oh how I want to be in that number' are changed to 'Oh how I want to be with St.Kilda'. Saints historian Russell Holmesby said the club went through a few tunes before settling on 'the Saints Come Marching in' sometime in 1965 or 1966. At the Junction Oval, they used to belt out a version of 'I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside' and occasionally used an original tune titled 'We are the Saints, the Red-Blooded Saints.'
|When South Melbourne first moved to Sydney, they wanted to change their traditional song to 'Up There For Sydney'.|
t. Cheer, cheer the red and the white. Is the first line and the heading of the Sydney Swans club song.
Although it never happened, The Sydney Board members wanted to change the lyrics of 'Up there Cazaly' to 'Up there for Sydney'. But the players and fans denied the request and in the end the song stayed the same as it was for South Melbourne. The Swans song is set to the tune of 'Notre Dame Victory March.'
|Which of the teams do you have to 'join in the chorus'|
North Melbourne Kangaroos. So join in the chorus and sing it one and all,
Join in the chorus, North Melbourne's on the ball. Is the first 2 line of the Kangaroos' club song
Nobody is quite sure the origin of the Kangaroos' song. One thing we do know is that the players sang the theme back in the 1920s, but the rest is a mystery. But We do know that the song is based on 'Wee Doech 'n Dorus', which was written by Scottish singer, Sir Harry Lauder. He toured Australia around that time, which might explain how North Melbourne's adopted the tune. The Victorian state team also uses a version of this song.
|Did University have a club song?|
n. University team had a stint in the VFL from 1908 - 1914. During this time they played 126 games and only won 27. They eventually broke up and the remaining players played for Melbourne. University's colors were black and blue, they did not have a mascot or even a song.
|Which team 'comes out snarling'?|
Western Bulldogs. Sons of the West
Red,white and blue
We come out snarling
Bulldogs through and through. Is the first few lines of the Western Bulldogs club song.
The Footscray's song has changed a few times like when Footscray became the Western Bulldogs. Nobody is quite sure when the song was first used. 1954 premiership coach Charlie Sutton said it before his time at the club, which stretches it back to the early 1940s. The Bulldog's song is set to the tune of 'Sons of the Sea'.
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