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Johnny Todd........the Words.

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Apologies if this has been done before

 

Words to Johnny Todd

 

The Everton theme tune, in all its glory,

 

Johnny Todd he took a notion

For to cross the ocean wide.

There he left his true love a-weeping

Waiting by the Liverpool tide.

 

For a week she wept full sorely,

Tore her hair and wrung her hands

Till she met with another sailor

Walking on the Liverpool sands.

 

O fair maid why are you weeping

For your Johnny gone to sea?

If you'll wed with me tomorrow

I will kind and constant be.

 

I will buy you sheets and blankets,

I'll buy you a wedding ring.

You shall have a gilded cradle

For to rock you baby in.

 

Johnny Todd came home from sailing,

Far across the ocean wide,

There he found that his fair and false one

Was another sailor's bride.

 

So, all you lads who go a-sailing

For to fight the foreign foe.

Never leave your true love like Johnny,

Marry her before you go!

 

 

 

Since the mid-sixties a succession of Everton sides have run out to the strains of an old Liverpool folk song Johnny Todd, better know as the theme for the TV series from the same era - Z Cars. It is said that one of the cast was a staunch Evertonian and invited several other cast to watch his beloved team. The Club found out and in recognition played the theme of the show and has become a clarion call for generations of followers of the team from Goodison Park.

 

In the 1994-95 the then chairman Peter Johnson had the audacity to drop Z-Cars in favour of Fanfare for the Common Man in attempt to jazz up proceedings at Goodison. Needless to say this did not go down well with Evertonians and within a few short weeks, following the appointment of Joe Royle as manager, Z-Cars was re-introduced.

 

In the good old days when the teams did not run out together the strains of Z-Cars echoed around the towering Goodison stands as Everton, players supporting the famous Royal Blue shirts and White shorts took to the pristine green Goodison pitch. Guaranteeing goose-bumps in every true blue Evertonian.

 

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I can't believe that I posted this thread over 8 hours ago and no-one has replied, not 1 iota, not even 1 acknowlegement. Be ashamed, be very ashamed.

 

Be honest, who thought the words even existed.

 

feeling low!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I can't believe that I posted this thread over 8 hours ago and no-one has replied, not 1 iota, not even 1 acknowlegement. Be ashamed, be very ashamed.

 

Be honest, who thought the words even existed.

I was out :unsure: .

 

Knew the first verse but not the rest :) .

 

According to wiki it's from a "....collection of traditional tunes by Frank Kidson dated 1891 called Traditional Tunes: A Collection of Ballad Airs. Kidson's notes for this song say: "Johnny Todd is a child's rhyme and game, heard and seen played by Liverpool children. The air is somewhat pleasing, and the words appear old, though some blanks caused by the reciter's memory have had to be filled up."

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I can't believe that I posted this thread over 8 hours ago and no-one has replied, not 1 iota, not even 1 acknowlegement. Be ashamed, be very ashamed.

 

Be honest, who thought the words even existed.

 

feeling low!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

I hear that every few weeks on the train when going the match..... There is a busker who sings it............

he is quite good aswell...

 

 

Until he puts his hand in your face for 50p that is.......

 

So im sure alot more people know the words than you think...........

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*cough cough* I knew the words, but never sing them. I used to but got funny looks.

 

Incidentally, I still get the hairs on my neck standing up when I hear the tune played. Am I the only one?

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