Music Memories – This Week – Three Lions (It’s Coming Home)

The one thing I love about music is that everyone has their own story to tell – the musician, the lyrics, the way the fans decipher them and also the way a song can also create a memory or a meaning to someone. That is what this new article is all about. Each fortnight, we will take a look at a different song and I will take you as a trip down memory lane as to what it means to me. Welcome to Music Memories.

Track: Three Lions (It’s Coming Home)
Artist: Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds
Original Release Date: 20th May 1996

Football songs are so fun aren’t they – well when the World Cup is on and everyone is in the spirit of things they can be a great thing for bringing the country together. You only need to look at the Euros the other year and how everyone got so excited and one particular song was sung over and over again. Well today we are going to look at that said song because it holds a whole another memory for me.

When Football’s Coming Home was originally released, I was a child at Primary School. One of my favourite memories of that time was the school discos, I used to (and still do) love dancing and it was always fun for it to be that time of the year when we could dance along with friends to the top hits at the time.I do not remember too much about this time but there are a couple of strong memories that I do have and I have spoken about a few of them in this article before.

One particular memory I have is related to this song, as soon as it would come on we would all get so excited that we would get up on the benches and jump up and down hugging each other and singing at the top of our lungs.

It is such a strong memory that even now when I hear that song it takes me right back to that moment and brings a smile to my face. I am not really a football fan but the passion we all had at that age for the sport is amazing when you think back.

Facts About Three Lions

  • It was released on 20 May 1996 to mark the England football team’s participation in that year’s UEFA European Championship, which England was hosting.
  •  The title comes from the England team emblem
  • The song has been described as the de facto “anthem” of English football since 1996
  • It reached number one in the singles chart, and as England progressed to the semi-finals, stadiums around the country echoed to the sound of fans singing the song after English victories over Scotland, the Netherlands and Spain. 
  •  It was so popular that even other teams liked it.

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