Monday, April 16, 2007

We Are Not Champions - The Ballad of the Indian Batsmen

by Anand Ramachandran, a fan of champions, Indian cricket, and Queen.

'We are the champions' is probably one of the most popular songs among dumb sports fans, who actually believe that Freddie, Brian and the boys wrote it just for THEIR team! However, even the dumbest Indian cricket fan would have trouble believing that the famous lyrics could be appropriate for the Men in Blue. However, with just some slight modifications, the stalwarts at Son of Bosey have come up with, and are proud to present a ballad specially for our much-vaunted batting line-up. Enjoy, and don't forget to sing to the tune of 'We are the champions', by Queen.

Members of India's mighty middle order have been photographed individually and put together using clever digital imaging wizadry for this album cover, since the BCCI forbids more than three of them from being photographed together.

We've made excuses,

Time after Time,

The team always loses,

Without reason or rhyme

And bad mistakes

Well, more than a few

We've had our share of chances thrown our way

but we've got screwed

We are not champions, my friends

We'll keep in-fighting till the end

We aren't champions,

We'll ne-er be champions

No time for practice

So we won't be champions

Of the world

We've gone out to bat

and faced many balls

You've bowled us bouncers and long hops and half-volleys and outswingers

We've got out to them all.

How do we stay in there?

We've run out of clues.

We consider it a challenge to last even a minute

against any ball that moves.

And he's gone . . he's gone . . he's gone . . . .

We were the champions my friends,

We'll keep reminding, and pretend

That we are still champions

Yeah, we are still champions

No time for practice

So let's just be champions

Of yesteryears