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Joxer Goes To Stuttgart

  • (Christy Moore)

    It was in the year of '88 in the lovely month of June
    When the gadflies were swarming and dogs howling at the moon
    With rosary beads and sandwiches for Stuttgart we began
    Joxer packed his German phrasebook and jumpleads for the van

    Some of the lads had never been away from home before
    'Twas the first time Whacker put his foot outside of Inchicore
    Before we left for Europe we knew we'd need a plan
    So we all agreed that Joxer was the man to drive the van

    In Germany the autobahn, 'twas like the Long Mile Road
    There was every make of car and van all carrying the full load
    Ford Transits and Hiaces and an old Bedford from Tralee
    With the engine overheating from longhauling duty free

    There was fans from Ballygermot, Ballybough and Ballymun
    On the journey of a lifetime, and the crack was ninety-one
    Joxer met a German's daughter on the banks of the river Rhine
    And he told her she'd be welcome in Ballyfermot any time

    As soon as we found Stuttgart we got the wagons in a ring
    Sean Og got out the banjo and Peter played the mandolin
    There was fans there from everywhere attracted by the sound
    At the first Fleadh Ceoil in Europe, and Joxer passed the flagon round

    But the session it ended when we'd finished all the stout
    The air mattresses inflated and the sleeping bags rolled out
    As one by one we fell asleep Joxer had a dream
    He dreamt himself and Jack Charlton sat down to pick the team

    Joxer dreamt they both agreed on Packie Bonner straightaway
    And that Moran, Whelan and McGrath were certainly to play
    But tempers they began to rise and patience wearing thin
    Jack wanted Cascarino but Joxer wanted Quinn

    The dream turned into a nightmare, Joxer stuck the head on Jack
    Who wanted to bring Johnny Giles and Eamon Dunphy back
    The cock crew in the morning, it crew both loud and shrill
    Joxer woke up in his sleeping bag many miles from Arbour Hill

    The next morning none of the experts gave us the slightest chance
    They said the English team would lead us on a merry dance
    With their Union Jacks all them English fans for victory they were set
    Until Ray Houghton got the ball and he stuck it in the net

    What happened next is history, brought tears to many eyes
    That day will be the highlight of many people's lives
    Joxer climbed right over the top and the last time he was seen
    Was arm in arm with Jack Charlton singing, Revenge for Skibereen

    Now Whacker's back in Inchicore, he's living with his mam
    And Jack Charlton has been proclaimed an honorary Irishman
    Do you remember that German's daughter on the banks of the river Rhine
    Well, didn't she show up in Ballyfermot last week and ...

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1991:] Eamon Dunphy is an Irish writer and broadcaster. [...] He played professional soccer in England for seventeen years (five of them for Manchester United) [...]. (Dunphy, A Strange Kind of Glory, blurb)

  • [1997:] The phrase "revenge for Skibbereen" has been used by Christy Moore in his song "Joxer goes to Stuttgart", celebrating a victory (the only one?) of the Irish against the English in football. (Wolfgang,, 24 July)

  • [1998:] [Ein] Lied über den größten Triumph der irischen Fußballer, den Sieg über die Engländer bei der Europameisterschaft in Deutschland [1988]. (Ralf Sotscheck, Irish Toffee, Edition Nautilus 1998, S. 136)

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