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Now, it's that time again for people to be belting out the lyrics - the wrong ones, that is.
Surely we're only a couple of days away from the "oh! I thought it was jewels remain still gleaming!" tweets now? #EURO2020
- Ewan Thomson (@Ewan314) June 8, 2021
The Lightning Seeds' enduring football anthem, featuring the... erm, 'untrained' voices of 90s comedy double act David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, will be everywhere again in no time.
But does anyone actually know the lyrics? It seems as if a lot of people have never taken the time to understand what the song actually says.
The most common misheard lyric in the Euro '96 anthem is 'Jewels remain still gleaming'.
The actual lyric is, as every schoolboy knows (I'm told), 'Jules Rimet still gleaming'.
However, it would seem that boozy England fans aren't exactly au fait with French football administrators of yesteryear.
They should probably know that Jules Rimet was the man that the old World Cup trophy was named after.
You know, the trophy that England won in 1966, because that was the year that England won the World Cup, in 1966, England won the World Cup, remember?
Anyway, Jules Rimet was the president of FIFA for 33 years, which is still the longest time that anyone has been FIFA president.
The trophy was named after him in 1946 and it continued to honour him until 1970.
It was actually stolen in 1966 (which was the year that England won the World Cup) but returned seven days later after having been found by a dog called Pickles.
It stopped being used as the trophy in 1970 because Brazil won it for a third time (that's two more than England, who - of course - won it in 1966) and got to keep it forever.
It was then stolen again in 1983 and is thought to have been melted down.
Anyway, Rimet was immortalised in song alongside legends who've worn the Three Lions such as Nobby Stiles and Gary Lineker.
So, the next time you're celebrating an England penalty being awarded by inexplicably chucking your beer into the air and soaking everyone around you in warm Carling, remember that the words you are singing are important, and that the lyric is not 'jewels remain still gleaming', but 'Jules Rimet still gleaming'.
Got it? Good. It's coming home etc etc...
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