Into the Valley

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"Into the Valley"
Single by Skids
from the album Scared to Dance
B-side "T.V. Stars" (Live at the Marquee)
Released 1979
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson
Producer(s) David Batchelor
Skids singles chronology
"Sweet Suburbia"
(1979)
"Into the Valley"
(1979)
"Masquerade"
(1979)

"Into the Valley" is a 1979 single by Skids, taken off their Scared to Dance album, and is their best known song, appearing on a number of punk rock and Scottish music compilation albums. It reached number 10 in the UK Singles Chart for the week ending 24 March 1979.[1] It was written by Richard Jobson and Stuart Adamson.

The song's lyrics are notoriously unintelligible owing to Jobson's diction. This has been sent up in a television advertisement for Maxell audio cassettes which features printed (incorrect) "translations" of the words.[2] The chorus, often misquoted, is actually "Ahoy, Ahoy, Land, Sea and Sky".

Jobson has said that the lyrics were written about the recruitment of Scottish youths into the army and more specifically about a friend who had been killed on a tour of duty in Northern Ireland.[3][4]

Local legend still persists that the valley mentioned is a reference to High Valleyfield, known locally as "the Valley", a village with a reputation for "mini warfare" between its residents and those of nearby towns and villages (namely Torryburn, Rosyth, Oakley and Inverkeithing), near Skids' home town of Dunfermline.[citation needed]

"Into the Valley" is still used as a theme song for fans of Scottish football team Dunfermline Athletic F.C., the local team of the band, and Charlton Athletic F.C. of the English Football League Championship, whose stadium is aptly named The Valley. It was also used in their premiership years by Bradford City A.F.C., whose stadium is named Valley Parade. It's also played as the teams come out at the Valley Stadium, home of Redditch United F.C..

In 2012 the song was used in a television advertising campaign by the cycle and motoring accessory retailer Halfords.

The song was covered by skinhead band the Street Dogs on their 2008 album State of Grace.

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