The star writes a tune for QPR
Pete Doherty has penned a song for his beloved football team Queen’s Park Rangers – and hopes to use it when his club finally win the FA Cup.
The star has written the untitled tune is response to the news that composer Michael Nyman has done a ditty that the players run out on the Loftus Road pitch to.
And in an essay published in today’s (October 25) Guardian newspaper, he reveals the lyrics to the song.
The essay reads: “Fair play to Michael Nyman for composing the song for Queens Park Rangers to come out on to the pitch but I’ve already written a song for when they win the FA Cup. He could do the B-side.
“Imagine a relationship that went wrong but you held on in there for years: that’s what it is like supporting a football team. Your loyalty to a team can never die. Ties are stronger than they could ever be with a woman. If she goes and sleeps with your best mate, it’s over. If the Rs’ boss, Ian Holloway, slept with my best mate, QPR would still be my team. Even if many of the things that you loved about going to matches have gone – terraces, team shirts without sponsors and being able to smoke at grounds – you still stick with your team.
“When I was a boy, I couldn’t imagine anything other than going and living in Ellerslie Road or on the White City estate, near Loftus Road, where Rangers play. That’s how central to my existence QPR was. I used to write a QPR fanzine, ‘All Quiet On The Western Avenue’. I was brought up in lots of different places, so there was a rootlessness to my life and the team gave me an identity. Playing football brought people together – we’d play against any brick wall, on any kerb, or see if we could put the window through in the art department.
“My fondest memories involve things that happened off the pitch. I would climb into Loftus Road in the summer when the stadium was empty and sit there with my little book and pen, smoking a spliff behind the goal. One time, my girlfriend and I got into the dressing room and I stole a pair of shorts. That was one of the most romantic days of my life – snogging in the dressing room at QPR.
“My song is a ska number. It goes like this: I’ll be, I’ll be there/And just before I hit the bar/With the ghost of Rodney Marsh in his pre-smug pundit days/ Before he sold Rangers down the Swanee/With Gerry Francis‘s offshore money/ It’s a toss-up between Mick Jones/And a consortium from the Middle Eastern equivalent of Barrett Homes /I’ll be, I’ll be there/With blue and white ticker tape in my hair/Up the Rs/Up the Rs/Up the Rs/What a life on Mars”.
“I’m quite disappointed that I wasn’t asked to write the QPR anthem. I’m doing my best for them. I’ve got a picture of the missus [Kate Moss] in the Rangers shirt inside the sleeve of the new Babyshambles album, ‘Down In Albion’. Now that is fantasy football.”