The Celtic Song

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The Celtic Song is the song played over the public address system at Celtic Park, Glasgow when the Scottish football team, Celtic, run onto the pitch before kick-off. It has been claimed that is set to the tune of "With cat-like tread, upon our prey we steal", from the 1879 Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, The Pirates of Penzance, but this is not entirely correct: "Hail hail the Celts are here" is sung to the tune of "Come friends who plough the sea" from the same sequence in Pirates, but "It's a grand old team" bears no resemblance to "With cat-like tread" [1]. On the popular television program Lost, Desmond Hume can be heard singing the original version of the song.

There are many versions of the song. However, the original version played at Parkhead was recorded by Glen Daly in 1961.[1] To mark the 50th anniversary of the original release, Shane McGowan recorded his version in 2011.[1]

Versions of the song are sung by supporters of other clubs around the British Isles, most notably by Tottenham Hotspur fans (since the 1967 FA Cup Final), fans of Hibernian in Edinburgh, and also, more recently Everton Fans – The Everton Song – a more ribald rendition by the fans of Everton.

Vienna Celtic RFC, a rugby club founded in 1978 in Vienna, Austria have their own adaptation of the song as well.

The tune of which, is also heard in the film 'The Man That Shot Liberty Valance' that features amongst others James Stewart, John Wayne, Lee Marvin and Lee Van Cleef.

Lyrics[edit]

Sure it's a grand old team to play for,
Sure it's a grand old team bedad,
When you read its history,
It's enough to make your heart grow sad,
God bless them.

We don't care if we win, lose or draw,
Darn the hair do we care,
Because we only know that there's going to be a show,
And the Glasgow Celtic will be there.

Sure it's the best darn team in Scotland,
And the players all are grand,
We support the Celtic,
As they are the finest in the land we love them,
We'll be there to give the Bhoys a cheer
When the league flag flies,
And it cheers us up when we know the Scottish Cup,
Is coming home to rest at Paradise.

Sure it's a grand old team to play for,
Yes it's a grand old team bedad,
When we read its history,
It's enough to make your heart grow sad,
God bless them.
We don't care if we win lose or draw,
Darn the hair do we care,
Because we only know that there's going to be a show,
And the Glasgow Celtic will be there,
And the Glasgow Celtic will be there.

As sung on the terraces (and in pubs)[2][3][edit]

Hail Hail the Celts Are Here

Hail Hail, the Celts are here,
What the hell do we care,
What the hell do we care,
Hail Hail, the Celts are here,
What the hell do we care now..

For its a grand old team to play for,
For its a grand old team to see,
And if you know the history,
Its enough to make your heart go,
GO-OH-OH-OH! {or, 9-In-A-Row}

We don't care what the animals say,
What the hell do we care,
For all we know,
Is that there's going to be a show,
And the Glasgow Celtic will be there.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McMonagle, Mickey (19 November 2011). "The Celtic Song gets new version from Pogues legend Shane MacGowan". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  2. ^ celtic wiki. "Hail Hail (Grand Old Team) - Song". Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hail Hail the Celts Are Here".