As the coveted match between England and Croatia draws nearer, the streets of Moscow are alive with songs, chants and dancing. England fans have shown up in full force, far better represented than the Croatian fans at this point. Sputnik asked fans, whose voices were hoarse from singing (read: shouting), to provide some insight about the background to some of the most popular songs of the 2018 tournament.
England's Going All the Way
"Wooah-oh, England fans in Russia,
Wooah-oh, drinking all your vodka,
Wooah-oh, England's going all the way!
1, 2, 3, 4!"
Repeat as necessary.
This song is particularly popular with the Russians, many of whom have used it as a handy tool in learning how to count to four in English. This particular ditty first arose in Russia. Connie from Nottingham, or "Nottingham Connie," claims that he invented it while taking a bath, but that is widely debated and should not be taken as a fact. Still in its infancy, this song has spread like wildfire during the 2018 tournament, becoming one of the most frequently used riffs.
Please Don't Take Me Home
"Please don't take me home,
Please don't take me home,
I just don't want to go to work,
I want to stay here,
Drink all your beer,
Please don't, please don't take me home!"
Repeat as necessary.
There are two versions to this song, one of which is significantly more "PG" than the other. Depending on the crowd, the word "beer" can be replaced with "gear," or the Russian word for beer, which is "pivo." This one is normally sung with quite a melody, until the word "home," which comes out in a tuneless wail. This song originates from the European championships of 2016. Commenting on the song is Nick from Leicester, who says "that's a good one that."
We're on our Way
"On our way,
We're on our way
To Moscow, on our way,
How do we get there I don't know,
How do we get there, I don't care
All I know that England's gonna win."
"That's a useless song, we're already in Moscow." — John, Gloucester
This song has been sung throughout the entire tournament.
That's the Way We Like it
"That's way we like, we like it, we like it,
In fact, we f*****g love it, we love it, we love it.
This one is just a general English football song, rather than an England song. It has been largely absent from the tournament so far, but today, with the onset of all the new fans flying out for the semifinals, the song is being sung.
"Harry's on fire,
Your defense is terrified,
Harry's on fire,
Your defense is terrified.
Nananananananana nana nana"
This is an amendment of an old song from Northern Island, though Chris from Liverpool argues that it could originally stem from Wigan Athletic. The word "Harry" could be replaced by any one of the following: Harry Kane, Will Griggs, etc. Though John says that the name used should normally be that of a striker, given that the defense is "terrified."
This song is one of the more tuneful on the England mixtape and really rouses the crowd, often accompanied by some dance moves.
England ‘Till I Die.
"England till I die,
I'm England till I die
I know I am,
I'm sure I am,
I'm England till I die."
This song has been, as Gary from Colchester says, "sung forever." John is adamant that the true meaning comes across, and the true meaning is that the song does not mean that the singer is English, rather that the singer is supporting the English football team. Forever. Until they die. Lovely.
You Still Turn Me On
"Looking back from where we first met,
I cannot escape, and I cannot forget,
Southgate the one,
You still turn me on,
Football's coming home again."
"That is from here, from Russia," promises Dave from Nottingham. It is his favorite — but why? "It's unique, different." Dave is right, it is rather unique and different. But not everybody has heard of it. John says, "I've never heard it before." A debate swiftly ensues. "That's an Atomic Kitten song we think maybe." "Is it an Atomic Kitten song, is it?' A short discussion of Kerry Katona follows, and we all agree that it is probably a remix of an Atomic Kitten song. This particular song is one of the harder songs to get started. Once it gets going however, it can be immensely powerful.