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It’s opening day for the 2012 (soon to be World Series champion) Minnesota Twins. Tom Weber at MPR has a piece about a guy who has whipped up a new fight song to compete with “We’re gonna win Twins.” “Andy Sturdevant is pretty well known in the local arts scene. He hosts a live show at Bryant Lake Bowl every month called Salon Saloon. Two Octobers ago he had a show about baseball and he'd just seen a movie about the Leeds United soccer team and loved the Leeds fight song. Sturdevant quickly noticed the lyrics ‘Here we go with Leeds United’ can very easily become ‘Here we go with Minnesota’ and the chorus of ‘We love you Leeds, Leeds, Leeds’ very easily becomes ‘We love you Twins, Twins, Twins.’ So Andy changed the words and performed the song that night.” Andy, of course, writes for MinnPost, too, and we've also featured his song. It’s really pretty good.
....no its not. It bloody cringe worthy and awful.
I feel like my ears have been raped. Please, someone, make them stop.....
Sturdevant quickly noticed the lyrics ‘Here we go with Leeds United’ can very easily become ‘Here we go with Minnesota’ and the chorus of ‘We love you Leeds, Leeds, Leeds’ very easily becomes ‘We love you Twins, Twins, Twins.’
This Sturdevant guy is a really bright cookies, isn't he? The way he noticed the syllables matching. Genius.
As you know, our relationship with the United Kingdom is very important. That is why I was shocked and saddened to discovered "Leeds, Leeds, Leeds" had been viciously stolen by Minnesota Twins fans.
While it is true that nothing is more American than stealing someone else's idea, and that Minnesotans are generally nice people, it is also true that they gave us both Michelle Bachmann (links) and elected Jesse "The Body" Ventura as governor (links). In fact, all Americans know that if it wasn't for Minnesota, we would only have Alabama and Mississippi to make fun of. So please, don't take this too seriously. Instead, please join us in that other American pastime- besides baseball, and stealing other people's ideas- and just laugh at them(links)
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Location: Tampa, FL
Apr 13, 2012 00:51
Imitation and its close cousin adaptation are truly sincere forms of flattery, regardless of the quality of result.
"Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!" is an original. Can't think of a song originally written to honour a football club that has had more staying power. I can't believe it took someone outside of Leeds this long to borrow it for their own use.
And borrowing cuts both ways: American fans were singing versions of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" long before the tune made its way to football grounds.