Marching On Together

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"Leeds, Leeds, Leeds (Marching on Together)"
Single by Leeds United A.F.C.
Released 1972
1992 (12" remix)
16 May 2010 (re-released)[1]
Format 7"
12"
Digital download
Recorded 1972
Genre Pop
Length 2:22
Label Rebecca Music
Writer(s) Les Reed, Barry Mason

Leeds! Leeds! Leeds! (commonly known as Marching On Together) is the name of the anthem of Leeds United A.F.C. Unlike many football songs that are just new words set to existing music, Leeds! Leeds! Leeds! is an original composition by Les Reed and Barry Mason. The song first appeared in 1972 as the B-side of the record released by Leeds United to coincide with the team reaching the 1972 FA Cup Final, the A-side being titled "Leeds United". The vocals on the original recording were sung by the then-members of the Leeds United team and their supporters. The record stayed in the UK Singles Chart for almost 3 months, peaking at number 10.

The song is played just before kick-off and the start of the second half at every home game at Elland Road and it is a ritual for every Leeds United fan to stand up and sing when it is played.

In the modern age, it has become a regular way for Leeds United fans to demonstrate their allegiance to finish text messages, emails, or Twitter messages with the acronym/hashtag MOT.

Most of the song is also used by supporters of other Leeds-based sports teams, such as the Leeds Rhinos rugby league team and the Leeds Carnegie rugby union side. The only part of the song that is removed in these alternative versions is the first four lines, which contain "Leeds United" twice, as "United" obviously does not apply to these teams.

The official club magazine, which is no longer published, was named after the original title of the song.

Leeds' Ultimate Frisbee team, LeedsLeedsLeeds, were also named after the song & club magazine.

After Leeds' promotion back to the Championship in May 2010, the song was digitally re-mastered and re-released in an effort to get the song into the UK Singles Chart. The song charted at number 10 on 23 May 2010.

Fans' variations[edit]

Parts of the current version of the song have varied in form from the original one. The fans usually add the "na na na na na na" and mimick the song where there are no words. Also, "ups and downs" is commonly repeated after the "ups and downs" part in the original song.

"Glory Glory Leeds United" (to the tune of "Glory Glory Hallelujah") is a completely different song to "Leeds United" which like "Leeds Leeds Leeds" is an original composition by Reed/Mason. All tracks are available on the CD "Marching On Together, Leeds United Greatest Hits" which can be purchased.

The song was re-released in 2010 via a social networking group, after an idea by Dave Whittaker, from Roundhay in Leeds, who also designed the sleeve for the CD "Marching on Together, Leeds United Greatest Hits"

In 2012, fans of the Minnesota Twins brought the song to prominence in their homeland, adapting the lyric (replacing 'Leeds United' with 'Minnesota', and 'Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!' with 'Twins! Twins! Twins!') to support the Major League Baseball team.[2]

Lyric[edit]

Here we go with Leeds United,
We're gonna give the boys a hand,
Stand up and sing for Leeds United,
They are the greatest in the land

na na na

Everyday, we're all gonna say,
We love you Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!
Everywhere, we're gonna be there,
We love you Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!

Marching On Together!
We're gonna see you win
na na na na na na
We are so proud,
We shout it out loud
We love you Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!

We've been through it all together,
And we've had our ups and downs (UPS AND DOWNS!)
We're gonna stay with you forever,
At least until the world stops going round

na na na

Everyday, we're all gonna say
We love you Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!
Everywhere, we're gonna be there,
We love you Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!

Marching On Together!
We're gonna see you win
na na na na na na
We are so proud,
We shout it out loud
We love you Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!
We are so proud,
We shout it out loud,
We love you LEEDS! LEEDS! LEEDS!

Chart performance[edit]

"Leeds, Leeds, Leeds (Marching on Together)" entered the Irish Singles Chart on 20 May 2010 at number 41 and charted in the UK Singles Chart on 23 May 2010 at number 10.

Chart (2010) Peak
Position
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 41
UK Singles Chart 10

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/leeds-leeds-leeds-marching/id371305420
  2. ^ Weber, Tom (6 April 2012). "A new Twins anthem for opening day". The Daily Circuit. Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.