Supporters of the England football team have been urged to ‘Sing Out for England’ ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Following in the footsteps of classics such as ‘World in Motion’ and ‘Three Lions’, members of West Sussex band The Collector have recorded what they have dubbed the ‘official unofficial’ World Cup song in a Lower Beeding studio.
‘Sing Out for England’ was written by vocalist and guitarist Simon King, and after securing the backing of band mates Matt Andrews, Gary Williams and Taz Wright, the anthem was born.
Simon introduced the song to fellow musician Graham Noon, who owns Eversfield Studio, and the quintet recorded the song under the name Eversfield.
Simon, 49, from Billingshurst, said: “It started when I read somewhere there wasn’t going to be an official football song this year.
“It was a spur of the moment thing, I have never done anything like it before.”
He said the song was born after it was revealed that the official England 2014 World Cup song was going to be a cover of ‘Greatest Day’ by Take That.
Simon, a longtime fan of Brighton and Hove Albion, decided to respond by penning an alternative anthem.
He said: “I thought England deserved a proper football song, but it is not intended to be too serious, as the video shows.
“Football songs are inherently a bit rubbish!
“I don’t think it is a great song but it might be a good football song.”
The song is written from the point of view of a football fan - the opening lyric of ‘I sit in the rain and stare at the sky’ reflects the feeling of the supporter’s team leading a match 1-0, and the fan being desperate for it to end.
‘Sing Out for England’ will be available for download only, from iTunes, Amazon and other online outlets, from Monday (June 2).
All proceeds made from downloads will go to Cancer Research UK.
Simon added: “It would be great if it was as popular as ‘Three Lions’, but Baddiel and Skinner are a lot better known than us!
“We were looking for some sort of focus for the song, and donating the proceeds to charity would seem the most obvious thing to do.”
The songwriter added he was particularly proud to name all of England’s 1966 World Cup winning defence in the final verse.
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