The Lions Anthem

Any member of the club who has experienced a Lions – tercer tiempo – will have heard what has now become the unofficial anthem – Because I’m Lion – sung to the tune of Afroman – Because I Got High – was written by Paul Devlin in a haze of Patxaran Liquor on the bus up to the Basque Country at the start of the 2008 – Motown Tour – to Getxo. 

With help from then Captain Christopher Holloway, verses were scribbled on wrinkled sheets of paper that sought to capture something of what it meant to be a Lion.  First heard in an impromptu performance over the microphone of the tour coach to a delighted audience, the song soon stuck and the rest, as they say, is history. 

 

Although verses have been added (unfortunately for the baffled Spanish sides who have to sit through all 9 or so of them) and the odd name changed, the song still represents fairly faithfully the experience of playing for this very unique team and never fails to stir the emotions of its members, Because they are Lions.

Lyrics

I never learned to pass, because I’m a Lion,

Don’t run particularly fast, because I’m a Lion,

It ain’t no champagne rugby, it’s Bulmer’s and Wine

(Why man? Hey HEYYY)

because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion.

La dada da da da,

I sit out the 2nd half, because I’m a Lion,

I’m 43 and a 1/2, because I’m a Lion,

Got missed calls from the wife, and I know why,

(Why man? Hey HEYYY)

because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion.

La dada da da da,

I’ve played as everything, because I’m a Lion

I’ve played flanker, I’ve played on the wing, because I’m a Lion

But I’m f***ked if I’ll play prop, and I know why,

(Why man? Hey HEYYY!)

because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion.

La dada da da da,

Not sure if I’ll play at all, because I’m a Lion

Ignore the early wake up call, because I’m a Lion,

But when I hear that – JOHNNY SCOTT BALL!

I’m there every time!

(Why man? Hey HEYYY!)

because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion.

La dada da da da,

I don’t pay match fees, because I’m a Lion,

I spend my time dodging Xabi, because I’m a Lion,

F**k YOU, I drink for free, and I know why,

(Why man? Hey HEYYY!)

because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion

La dada da da da,

Don’t speak Castellano, because I’m a Lion,

Don’t know my culo from my mano, because I’m a Lion,

PERO COMPRENDO – TERCER TIEMPO – and I know why,

¿POR QUE?!!!!

because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion.

La dada da da da,

Our Captain’s attractively fat, because he’s a Lion,

He changed his name to Cat, BUT HE’S A LION,

And now I play for Islam, and I know why,

(Why man? YUSSSUUUUUFFFF!!!)

because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion

La dada da da da,

I’m learning Colombian, because I’m a Lion,

I sing Reggaeton, because I’m a Lion,

No se dice Tio se dice Huevon, and I know why,

(Why man? Hey HEYYY!)

because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion.

La dada da da da,

I don’t push in the scrums, because I’m a Lion,

Take a snooze on Porno’s bum, because I’m a Lion,

And as for hookers, we’ve got Paddy’s mum!, and I know why,

(Why man? Hey HEYYY!)

because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion, because I’m a Lion.

LA DADA DA DA DA DAAAAAA,

Lyrics:  P.Devlin, C.Holloway

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