Instead of being at the CoM Stadium or listening to the local sports radio (which I rarely do as invariably the opposition score as I tune in) this Saturday afternoon I’m in the spare bedroom doing homework!!  Yes, 41 and doing homework, what’s that all about?

To help motivate me I’ve got the ipod on shuffle and on pops Discoland (Flip n Fill Mix…check youtube for details) which has been adopted by ourselves and many other clubs (just the ‘hey…ohhh’ bit up to now).

As I sometimes do I change the words, tap my foot, then sing at full voice while clapping my hands pretending I’m in the Strawberry Corner. The neighbours will be on the phone to the mental health crisis team before long!

(See below for my efforts versus the original and see if you can do any better).

The editorial team have kindly (?) tagged me as ‘not a happy man’ after the singing section was disbanded.  Actually they are spot on.  I’d happily sing and pogo for 90 minutes even if we were losing 5-0 but until like-minded souls are together again I fear that won’t happen.

My long standing match partner won’t renew his ticket until the singing section is reinstated, as his match experience has been destroyed much like mine and a lot of others I know.

So why is it that the atmosphere can be poor?  Well some people just don’t want to sing.  Maybe it’s embarrassment or maybe they just don’t know the words, so here is where that eureka moment happened.

Why don’t we use this new t’internet thingummy to not only have a photos and video section but a ‘Song Book’ link to educate those out of the loop?  Obviously we’ll require a dubious lyrics panel to stop bastardised versions of ‘The Blaydon Races’ and ‘We Love You Newcastle, We Do’ sprouting up but it’s a start.

Actually I don’t mind so much these days as long as people are singing something it’s better than nothing at all.

My only concern is a song about a player may lead to jinxing injury or a dip in form.

Maybe it’s all pie in the sky but at least it distracted me from ‘Adult Learning Theory’ for half an hour this weekend!!

FLIP N FILL VERSION

We’re up upup and away
Where the music is my fantasy
Take me up upup and away
Fantasy turns to reality
Oh time to take my hand
and lead me to the discoland
so I can do all the things I’ve been longing to do
ohh, let me hear you sing now

hey.. ohhhh
hey hey hey….
hey.. ohhhh (repeat)

HORSE’S MOUTH REMIX

We’re up upup and away
Where Newcastle are my fantasy
With YoYoYohanCabaye
He’ll take us up the premier league
So sing in the East Stand
He’ll lead us to the promised land
So we can do all the things we’ve been longing to do
Yohan, hear the Geordies sing now

Hey…Yohan
Cabayeeeee…
Yo…ohhh  (repeat)