David Baddiel and Frank Skinner reunited with The Lightning Seeds to perform Three Lions ahead of the Euro 2020 final tomorrow.
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With England set to take on Italy in the final, football fans are cautiously allowing themselves to believe that football might just be coming home .
I mean, let's be honest, you'd need to be living under a rock to have not heard Three Lions over the last few weeks and in a recent appearance on Channel 4's Last Leg the Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds gave us all a performance of the legendary hit.
The song was originally released 25 years ago for Euro 1996, but ends up back in the charts every time England takes part in a major international competition.
Although the chance of Euro win is within England's grasp, songwriter Ian Broudie said one of the key ideas behind the song was 'disappointment', which he reckons is part and parcel of being a football fan.
Speaking to the Guardian, he said: "I didn't want it to be England-istic, or nationalistic. In my mind, the line: "It's coming home..." - this was the first time England had hosted an international football competition since 1966 - is more about being a football fan, which for 90 percent of the time, is losing. Most of being a football fan is disappointment."
Speaking as an Everton supporter, I can confirm Broudie's sentiments.
Comedian Baddiel also revealed that while working on the song he approached it from a place of disappointment.
In an interview with the Guardian, he explained: "Instead of writing an idealised or triumphant song, like most of the ones beforehand, with their visions of winning the cup, this time more than any other time, we decided to write a song about assuming that we, England, were going to lose.
"Because that's what experience had taught us. Three Lions, really, is a song about magical thinking. About assuming we are going to lose, reasonably, based on experience, but hoping that somehow we won't."
It's coming home, guys - I can feel it.
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