Club History South Melbourne club song before "Cheer, Cheer, the Red and the White" ?

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New user mok wanted to ask:

I am curious about the South Melbourne Club Song before they chose Cheer, Cheer, the Red and the White; which I believe was around 1961, based on the Victory March from Notre Dame University. I was born in 1954 in a ‘mad’ South household, and I’m surprised there was never a mention of any previous song.
 

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Now that is a test of the fried brain cells. It rings a bell.

Think it included a line about guaranteeing we would be Premiers. **cough** Given our run no wonder it was shelved.

Bedders may be able to get it.
Every club should be forced to rewrite their teams lyrics to accurately reflect them as a team.
 

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New user mok wanted to ask:

I am curious about the South Melbourne Club Song before they chose Cheer, Cheer, the Red and the White; which I believe was around 1961, based on the Victory March from Notre Dame University. I was born in 1954 in a ‘mad’ South household, and I’m surprised there was never a mention of any previous song.
Sorry mate am too young to remember, why did you not follow South
 

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Hey mok here are the details you are after in further detail - grabbed off the Wiki site as per Sataris original response - it was originally Springtime in the Rockies.

Probably more interesting is the below link to an old newspaper article which confirms the song and the words



Wiki Article extract:

The club song is known as Cheer, Cheer The Red and The White' and is to the tune of the Victory March, the fight song of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana, USA, which was written by University of Notre Dame graduates and brothers Rev. Michael J. Shea and John F. Shea. In 1961, SMFC committee member Mr. Lynn Laurence sought and was granted a copyright from the University and other musical houses to adapt and add lyrics to the Victory March thus creating the new club song, which replaced an adaptation of Springtime in the Rockies by Gene Autry.[57] Port Adelaide also has used the Victory March as the basis for their club song since 1971, though their senior team changed their club song to their current original Power To Win after their entry into the AFL.

George Gershwin's Swanee (1919) was used by the club in marketing promotions during the late 1990s.[citation needed]

In March 2021, the Swans made a slight but inclusive change to the penultimate line of their club song, with the words "while her loyal sons are marching..." changing to "while our loyal Swans are marching...".[58]

You can consider this one answered Chief :)
 
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Hey mok here are the details you are after in further detail - grabbed off the Wiki site as per Sataris original response - it was originally Springtime in the Rockies.

Probably more interesting is the below link to an old newspaper article which confirms the song and the words



Wiki Article extract:

The club song is known as Cheer, Cheer The Red and The White' and is to the tune of the Victory March, the fight song of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana, USA, which was written by University of Notre Dame graduates and brothers Rev. Michael J. Shea and John F. Shea. In 1961, SMFC committee member Mr. Lynn Laurence sought and was granted a copyright from the University and other musical houses to adapt and add lyrics to the Victory March thus creating the new club song, which replaced an adaptation of Springtime in the Rockies by Gene Autry.[57] Port Adelaide also has used the Victory March as the basis for their club song since 1971, though their senior team changed their club song to their current original Power To Win after their entry into the AFL.

George Gershwin's Swanee (1919) was used by the club in marketing promotions during the late 1990s.[citation needed]

In March 2021, the Swans made a slight but inclusive change to the penultimate line of their club song, with the words "while her loyal sons are marching..." changing to "while our loyal Swans are marching...".[58]

You can consider this one answered Chief :)
Ticky is a legend Chief
 

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you are kidding, right?
Hey mok here are the details you are after in further detail - grabbed off the Wiki site as per Sataris original response - it was originally Springtime in the Rockies.

Probably more interesting is the below link to an old newspaper article which confirms the song and the words



Wiki Article extract:

The club song is known as Cheer, Cheer The Red and The White' and is to the tune of the Victory March, the fight song of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana, USA, which was written by University of Notre Dame graduates and brothers Rev. Michael J. Shea and John F. Shea. In 1961, SMFC committee member Mr. Lynn Laurence sought and was granted a copyright from the University and other musical houses to adapt and add lyrics to the Victory March thus creating the new club song, which replaced an adaptation of Springtime in the Rockies by Gene Autry.[57] Port Adelaide also has used the Victory March as the basis for their club song since 1971, though their senior team changed their club song to their current original Power To Win after their entry into the AFL.

George Gershwin's Swanee (1919) was used by the club in marketing promotions during the late 1990s.[citation needed]

In March 2021, the Swans made a slight but inclusive change to the penultimate line of their club song, with the words "while her loyal sons are marching..." changing to "while our loyal Swans are marching...".[58]

You can consider this one answered Chief :)
After having a quick listen, let's just say thankfully they made the change.
 

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Thanks for that Ticky. What a rollicking night of song that must have been.

"St Kilda we all intend to whack,
We mess up their colours Red White and Black"


They don't write songs like that any more. The tune is Madamoiselle from Armentieres - anyone who saw They Shall Not Grow Old will remember it.




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THose who saw They Shall Not Grow Old might recall the tune here
 

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Thanks for that Ticky. What a rollicking night of song that must have been.

"St Kilda we all intend to whack,
We mess up their colours Red White and Black"


They don't write songs like that any more. The tune is Madamoiselle from Armentieres - anyone who saw They Shall Not Grow Old will remember it.




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THose who saw They Shall Not Grow Old might recall the tune here
Imagine the whacks we'd give now...

"We don't need the umps to THROW us a bone,
but it'd be nice to play a deserved granny at HOME"

"The league gave all else a leg up,
when they ditched COLA and gave us a post-nup" (backing singers cry 'Trade Ban!')

"The Hawks in 14 played us off the park, ohhhh,
But you couldn't pay us to be coached by Clarkoooo"

"It was a proud day for us to see off Eddie,
and another one when the next academy batch is readyyy"

"The Crows threatened us with the PSD,
at least we didn't get tied to a tree"

"Sounds like the Eagles don't want their medicine,
pity in 06 their qualms they jettisoned...."

(ok that last one is a stretch)
 

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Thanks for that Ticky. What a rollicking night of song that must have been.

"St Kilda we all intend to whack,
We mess up their colours Red White and Black"


They don't write songs like that any more. The tune is Madamoiselle from Armentieres - anyone who saw They Shall Not Grow Old will remember it.




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THose who saw They Shall Not Grow Old might recall the tune here
The 'Inky Dinky Parlez Vous' kills me:eekv1::roflv1::roflv1:
 

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Yes, I had heard it was to the tune of Springtime in the Rockies. Does anyone know what the words were?
Words are in the SMFC article I linked to earlier in the thread :tongueoutv1: and welcome to the board, Mok.


(Tune: 'Springtime in the Rockies.')
We are boys from old South Melbourne,
All are happy and care-free;
Players, trainer;, and committee
All work in harmony.
This year we will be Premiers,
And all will sing with glee,
Onr spirits always happy
In defeat or victory.
(Tune: 'Madamoiselle from
Annentieres.')
We'll sing our song about old South.
Parlez Vous;
And other teams that we will meet,
Parlcz Vous;
For we intend to win the day
Next time we go down Geelong way —
Inky Dinky Parlcz Vous.
The Northerners we will extend,
Parlez Vous;
To beat Melbourne we do intend,
Parlez Vous;
The Maggies' feathers arc sure to fly,
A 'knot in Ihe Tiger's tail we'll tie —
? inky Dinky Parlez Vous.
The 'Dons and Mayblooms we will
beat, Parlez Vous;
To Carlton we promise a merry treat,
Parlcz Vou6;
St. Kilda we all intend to whack;
We'll mess up their colors Red, White
and Black —
Fix this textInky Dinky Parlcz Vous.
We'll make Fitzroy and Footscray
squirm, Parlez Vous;
They'll find that even a worm will
turn, Parlez Vous.
All teams will be right down in the
mouth
After meeting good old South —
Inky Dinky Parlez Vous.
 
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Words are in the SMFC article I linked to earlier in the thread :tongueoutv1: and welcome to the board, Mok.


(Tune: 'Springtime in the Rockies.')
We are boys from old South Melbourne,
All are happy and care-free;
Players, trainer;, and committee
All work in harmony.
This year we will be Premiers,
And all will sing with glee,
Onr spirits always happy
In defeat or victory.
(Tune: 'Madamoiselle from
Annentieres.')
We'll sing our song about old South.
Parlez Vous;
And other teams that we will meet,
Parlcz Vous;
For we intend to win the day
Next time we go down Geelong way —
Inky Dinky Parlcz Vous.
The Northerners we will extend,
Parlez Vous;
To beat Melbourne we do intend,
Parlez Vous;
The Maggies' feathers arc sure to fly,
A 'knot in Ihe Tiger's tail we'll tie —
? inky Dinky Parlez Vous.
The 'Dons and Mayblooms we will
beat, Parlez Vous;
To Carlton we promise a merry treat,
Parlcz Vou6;
St. Kilda we all intend to whack;
We'll mess up their colors Red, White
and Black —
Fix this textInky Dinky Parlcz Vous.
We'll make Fitzroy and Footscray
squirm, Parlez Vous;
They'll find that even a worm will
turn, Parlez Vous.
All teams will be right down in the
mouth
After meeting good old South —
Inky Dinky Parlez Vous.
OMG that is horrendous! Imagine a full house at the SCG belting that one out 😂
 

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