Strange chants: part four

This one’s definitely odd, but also pretty hilarious! Rice was signed by Brian Clough when Steve Hodge left his first spell at the club in 1985. Whilst never a world beater, he was certainly not the scapegoat that many Forest fans made of him (heh, some things never change!).

The chant goes to the tune of Yellow Submarine by the Beatles (the verse part, and sometimes leading into the chorus!), take a look at the accompanying image, and you should certainly be able to guess the chant that evokes this disturbing (and badly photoshopped) carnival of gingerness!

It’s usually reserved for when the team are playing badly – so it’s really amazing we haven’t heard it more over recent seasons, but the words go something like this:

Number one, is Brian Rice
Number two, is Brian Rice … (continuing to)..
Number eleven, is Brian Rice … (and into the chorus)..
WE ALL LIVE IN A WORLD OF BRIAN RICE!
WORLD OF BRIAN RICE!
WORLD OF BRIAN RICE!

The verse section has been known to stretch to likening all manner of things to Brian Rice, including the subs, the manager, the board, the goalposts and all manner of other things that occur to the fans as the song goes up.

Definitely good fun, if a little harsh on a man who once scored an absolute wonder goal for Forest at Arsenal in 1988 – but well, at least he’s still remembered on the terraces whilst Forest fans are around! 😆

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Strange chants: part three

I don’t disapprove of this one as such, as it’s quite good fun (obviously taken in the spirit of not actually condoning violence), but I definitely think it qualifies as a bit of an odd chant, so here it goes:

When I was just a little boy
My father bought me a brand new toy
A Derby fan on a piece of string
But all I could do was kick his head in…

Kick his head in… (you reds!)
Kick his head in… (you reds!)
All I could do was kick his head in!

Odd on so many levels – what kind of father would ever consider such a gift for their child? Who thought of it? What inspired it? It’s definitely a strange chant. Imagine waking up on Christmas morning, anticipating a new bike from Santa, and tied to the base of the Christmas Tree is a random sheepshagger looking a bit glum about the inevitable head-kicking-in he’s about to get.

Very odd indeed! It certainly takes all sorts…

Strange chants: part two

A blockThis little number is quite a common one, and is often wheeled out to the inevitable “You’re not famous anymore” type chants we get from all and sundry visiting the City Ground these days, or indeed on our travels, and it goes a little something like this:

You’ve never won f**k all!

Let’s ignore the fact for a moment that it’s an oxymoron, in fact no, let’s not ignore it – if you’ve NEVER won ‘f**k all’, then by logic you HAVE once won something. This is ironic, because given that it’s been a good while since we won anything of note, more often than not the recipients of this ill thought out taunt are often in a similar boat, albeit with a longer gap since when they last won something.

Huddersfield, for example, were on the receiving end of this chant last season – they’ve won the league three times, twice more than us, admittedly this was in the 1920’s, so they need slightly longer memories than us to remember the glory days, but you get my point.

I suppose this is linked to the whole ‘terrace wit’ story I posted a few days ago – firstly, this chant is silly because it doesn’t make any grammatical sense, and then secondly, it is incredibly baby executed by indiscriminate Reds fans and directed at supporters of teams who have an illustrious past.

Strange chants: part one

This might not last for a long series, but it’s a random thought that could be better out of my head than in it, so here goes! The first subject of the ‘strange chant’ collection is on that I find puzzling, which I’ll explain below, but first, the chant:

Never felt more like singin’ the blues
When Forest win, and Derby lose,
Whoa-oh-ohhhh!
You got me singin’ the blues!

Okay, on the face of it, sounds reasonable – in the event of us winning a game and the Sheep losing, that’s certainly ample cause for a song! However, ‘Singing the Blues’ would typically be a sad act, a melancholy type of music to be singing. Of course, you’d find Birmingham City or Ipswich fans singing the blues, but that’s more to do with their team colours.

Still, it’s still a fun chant to sing along with, and certainly no Forest fan should be in a bad mood when it goes up since the mighty Reds would be winning, and the sheep would be losing. Here’s to singing it at Yeovil Town tomorrow! 😀