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Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds

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The Lightning Seeds and comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner collaborated in 1996 with the official anthem of the England football team, Three Lions, for that year’s European Championships, which were held in England. The music was written by Ian Broudie, with comedians Baddiel and Skinner providing the lyrics with the title title referring to the emblem of the England football team, which is in turn derived from the Coat of Arms of England. The song was re-released with different lyrics in 1998 for the Football World Cup, Three Lions ‘98. This song was the only single to ever go to top the British charts twice with different lyrics.

The original version of the song still receives regular airplay in England around the time of a major football tournament. It has been adopted as a terrace chant and is occasionally sung by fans at England international matches today. When it was sung by England fans at the 2006 World Cup after England took the lead against Paraguay, commentator John Motson remarked, “As football songs go, Three Lions is certainly the best”.

The lyrics, unlike most football songs, spoke not of unbounded optimism for victory, but instead told of how, ever since 1966 and the one unequivocal success of the English football team, every tournament has ended in dashed hopes. However, the repeated failures have not dampened the feeling that England could again reach those heights (“Three Lions on a shirt, Jules Rimet still gleaming. Thirty years of hurt, never stopped me dreaming”)

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