Arsenal to be inspired to the title by ‘The Impossible Dream’ and Madness?

Not sure about you guys but I have long since ceased to be inspired by the novelty of Elvis Presley and the ‘Wonder of you.’ A great song but I think when I requested to sing it as my Karaoke number in Tunisia last summer it was time to move on. I like the compilation of great goals and moments and I am delighted if the fans sing along for the atmosphere but it is time to move on. I wonder to if we should have a London anthem or voice to heighten our anticipation rather than an American crooner who passed away before half those in the stadium were born?

I will come back to this prelude piece of music, but I am also concerned that Arsenal no longer has a song to which the team run out to which is clearly identifiable, inspiring and synonymous with Arsenal, or could become so. I asked the question on twitter on Sunday morning ‘Do you know what music the Arsenal team run out to? Loads of you answered but ONLY ONE person (@djwaite – take a bow son) answered Lux Aeterna Remix by Clint Mansell, which is in fact the correct answer. (Actually reworked for the Lord of the Rings Two Towers, bu the Corner Stone Cues.) Don’t worry because I am fairly regular at home games and I had no clue either. Now for me that is a bit of a concern. I remember ‘Good Old Arsenal’ and I recall the ‘A’ Team theme in the 80s. ‘I nil to the Arsenal’ and as some said ‘Right here Right now,’ by Fatboy Slim, yes of course, but I could not have told you what Lux Aeterna sounds like.

According to many on the internet it is one of the greatest pieces of music ever but sorry it is not about to inspire11 men in 60 seconds for me. Judge for yourselves and please feel free to tell me how long in to the 6 minutes you took to feel ready for battle! To be fair it does liven up after 2 minutes.


At the start of last season Q magazine asked every Premier League side what music their teams would be running out to and here is the list:

Arsenal: Clint Mansell – Lux Aeterna Remix
Aston Villa: Craig Armstrong – Escape
Blackburn Rovers: The Dubliners – Wild Rover
Bolton Wanderers: Ron Goodwin – Theme From 633 Squadron
Chelsea: The 1972 Squad – Blue Is The Colour
Everton: John Keating Orchestra – Z-Cars Theme Tune
Fulham: Palladio – Escala
Liverpool: Gerry & The Pacemakers – You’ll Never Walk Alone
Manchester City: Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now
Manchester United: The Stone Roses – This Is The One
Newcastle United: The Friends Of Fiddler’s Green – Blaydon Races
Norwich City: Blur – Song 2
Queens Park Rangers: Pigbag – Papa’s Got A Brand New Pig Bag
Stoke City: The Potters – We’ll Be With You
Sunderland: The Futureheads – The Beginning Of The Twist
Swansea City: The Clash – White Riot
Tottenham Hotspur: John Williams – Duel Of The Fates (Star Wars)
West Bromich Albion: Faithless – Insomnia
Wigan Athletic: Hans Zimmer – Gladiator Soundtrack

So the point is that I find myself envious of other lesser clubs, either because they have a classic traditional piece of music that the team has run out to for years, or because a club has selected a particularly stirring piece to set the pulses racing. Yes I am jealous of Everton, with Z cars, Newcastle with Blaydon Races and Liverpool with You’ll Never Walk Alone and I admire Chelsea for going back to their roots. Equally I admire selections such as White Riot by the Clash, for Swansea, 633 Squadron for Bolton and even the Spuds with a Star Wars epic. Quite frankly and I never thought I would write these words, I am jealous of Stoke City. I mean a check this baby out, it’s sort of cheesy and old fashioned but uplifting as hell! ( Just watch to get the idea – not whole song.)

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If I am honest and think back, the last time I truly remember being inspired by music at an Arsenal match, was during the post match farewell party for Highbury after the Wigan game. Spurs has lost, we were in the Champions League again, with the Paris trip to face Barca 11 days away and out strode lifelong Gooner, Roger Daltrey, of the Who, to sing a song composed for the occasion. I found the youtube clip and since playing it I have been grinning, inanely and singing “Oh those Highbury highs, under North London skies”

Highbury Highs – written by Roger Daltrey

I’ve seen children grow
On this field of green
On this field of dreams
The years have passed away
I’ve stood side by side With London’s Pride
We laughed and we cried
We lived another day

To those Highbury Highs under North London skies
Yes we will remember those Highbury Highs
Those Highbury Days and those Highbury ways
Yes we will remember those Highbury Days

From Rocky,Ray and Paddy
To Dennis,Chippy,Raddy
The Rock of Tony Adams
The Joy of Charlie George
Chapman, Graham, Wenger
Yes we will remember
And those record breaking scores

All those Highbury Highs under North London skies
Yes we will remember those Highbury Highs
Those Highbury Days and those Highbury ways
Yes we will remember those Highbury Days

May those Highbury Highs be with you all your days
May your Highbury Highs last forever

There’s one thing that’s certain when they drop the final curtain
Something you can bet your shirt on The Arsenal’s here to stay

All those Highbury Highs under North London skies
Yes we will remember those Highbury Highs
Those Highbury Days and those Highbury ways
We will always remember those Highbury..HIGHBURY..Highbury

Highbury Highs say your final goodbyes
We will always remember those Highbury Highs
Say your final goodbyes to those Highbury Days
WE will always remember those Highbury Days


Please click here and enjoy Highbury Highs – back tab to return to blog

So now you know the sort of passionate song we need to get back to but what should it be?

Well I think we are looking for 2 separate pieces of music for the final minutes before kick off on a match day and for when the team come out.

One of my favourite songs ever is ‘The Impossible Dream’ with brilliant lyrics by Joe Darion for the 1960s Broadway musical “Man of La Mancha.  For me the lyrics are magical and many of you might be familiar with Andy Williams version for the Honda Power of Dreams adverts a few years back. Of course Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and many a great crooner have recorded versions but for a London team it should be the 1992 single by London band, Carter and the Unstoppable sex Machine. Anyone who does not get pumped up when listening to these words has a problem, and the words strike so many chords for Arsenal right now. Wolves actually used this anthem before games a few years back to inspire them into the Premiership but for Arsenal I hope it might inspire us to win it!

To dream … the impossible dream …    
To fight … the unbeatable foe …           
To bear … with unbearable sorrow …     
To run … where the brave dare not go …
To right … the unrightable wrong …
To love … pure and chaste from afar …
To try … when your arms are too weary …
To reach … the unreachable star … 

This is my quest, to follow that star … 
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far … 
To fight for the right, without question or pause … 
To be willing to march into Hell, for a Heavenly cause … 

And I know if I’ll only be true, to this glorious quest, 
That my heart will lie will lie peaceful and calm, 
when I’m laid to my rest … 
And the world will be better for this: 
That one man, scorned and covered with scars, 
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage, 
To reach … the unreachable star …


The ‘Impossible Dream’ and the glorious quest for Arsenal is the Premiership title. To fight the unbeatable foe – the Cash Cow of Man City. But be true to the quest, pure and chaste – keep playing football the right way not matter how hard. The last 3 lines of course is for  our leader, Arsene Wenger


That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage,
To reach … the unreachable star …


Enjoy Carter USM singing ”The Impossible Dream’ to what could easily be our motivational montage for the first match of 2012/13. The film footage fits the words beautifully and I challenge you not to feel your spirits raised and your emotions charged. My special thanks and warm appreciation for this superb work goes to my fellow Arsenal blogger and friend, Daniel Cowan.  Please follow his work @thedanielcowan at

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Okay so you have my replacement for Elvis and the ‘Wonder of You for the uplifting 4 minutes video montage before the players come through the tunnel. I hope you like my choice but what tune to inspire us and the team as they enter the Emirates arena to do battle?

I had a few thoughts but in conversation with various Gooners the favourite seems to be am alternative to be an alternative version of the Nutty Boys themselves, Madness, they call it Madness. I will remind you of the original lyrics and version first and then introduce ‘Arsenal they call it Arsenal.’ Music my Madness, inspiration by @Slgooner14 @Bertieb56 and lyrics by @Catsarsenal.


 Madness, madness, they call it madness
Madness, madness, they call it madness
It’s plain to see
That is what they mean to me
Madness, madness, they call it gladness, ha-ha

Madness, madness, they call it madness
Madness, madness, they call it madness
I’m about to explain
That someone is losing their brain
Madness, madness, I call it gladness, yee-ha-ha-ha

Propaganda ministers
Propaganda ministers
I’ve a-got a heavy due
I’m gonna walk all over you

Madness, madness, they call it madness
Well if this is madness
Then I know I’m filled with gladness
It’s gonna be rougher
It’s gonna be tougher
And I won’t be the one who’s gonna suffer
Oh no, I won’t be the one who’s gonna suffer
You are gonna be the one, you

Please click here to get the original but scroll down to the new lyrics…….

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Introducing new for 2012/13 from Gooner Lyricist @Catsarsenal

With graphic design to represent the two tone of the ska of Madness with the Arsenal European Red and White cheque flag also from @Catarsenal

Arsenal, Arsenal, we are The Arsenal
Arsenal, Arsenal, we are The Arsenal
It’s plain to see, what they mean to me; Arsenal, Arsenal they make out hearts full, ha-ha
Arsenal, Arsenal, we are The Arsenal
Arsenal, Arsenal, we are The Arsenal
I’m about to explain that we are taking about fame
Arsenal, Arsenal they make our hearts full, yee-ha-ha-ha
                                                         Propaganda ministers                   (the anti Arsenal press)
                                                     Propaganda ministers                           (Adrian Durham)
We’ve got a heavy due
We’re gonna walk all over you
Arsenal, Arsenal, we are The Arsenal
Well, we’re The Arsenal and they make our hearts full
We’re gonna be rougher
We’re gonna be tougher, pa-da-da, pa-da-da
And we won’t be the ones who’re gonna suffer
Oh no, we won’t be the ones who’re gonna suffer
Spurs (or whoever) are gonna be the ones, a-you…
Sing Up Arsenal!
So there you have it a lighthearted ‘1nildown2oneup’ look at some potential music to get the crowd up for the match and to motivate the players as they run out to 57000 Gunners singing ‘Arsenal Arsenal we are the Arsenal’ to the ska beat of Madness. I hope you have enjoyed this musical interlude  and perhaps the change from tactics, transfers and in my case the ‘Global Gooner Passion tour.’ If however you have been enjoying the blogs exploring the Gooner scene from far flung nations more of that next.
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ps As an aside if you love Impossible Dream here is a more classical rendition that makes the hairs on my next stick up.

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  1. Judging by some of the games last year ‘Exit Music’ by Radiohead would have prepared the fans well. I remember my old music teacher playing the Indiana Jones theme on the trumpet, which always put a smile on my face. As for maddness, Suggs is Chelsea so I think not, but The Who’s ‘Won’t get fooled again’ has an instant effect, maybe the CSI squad could come down and have a look at some of our defending.

  2. Daltrey is not a ‘lifelong’ Arsenal fan and was a regular at QPR until he fell out of love with football due to hooliganism in the 60’s. Daltrey started going to Arsenal in the mid 80’s as a result of his 7 year old son needing someone to take him to games. It was then he fell back in love with football and started following Arsenal, in his mid 40’s.

    Know your history 🙂

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  4. I am an Elvis & Arsenal fan!!
    I appreciate that the younger members of our (Arsenal) community may not understand Elvis.
    Some of us love Elvis…And, some of us love “The Wonder of You”.

    If you don’t like Elvis, that’s fair enough, however, can you please keep your ignorant ‘dumb ass’ statements to yourselves.

    If you don’t like it….Take a (Moon) walk!!

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