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Blue Moon: City fan anthem

Blue Moon: City fan anthem
The anthem ‘Blue Moon’ originates from the great American song-writing partnership of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart.

Over 60 different artists have recorded their own versions of ‘Blue Moon’, offering a list that is as diverse as it is dazzling.

Django Reinhardt, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Julie London, Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Supremes, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart and many more have also recorded their own take.

The song has also featured in films including At The Circus, Viva Las Vegas, Grease and An American Werewolf in London.

So, just how did those iconic lyrics become etched into so many City fans' subconscious?

The eighties was a time when clubs started to adopt new songs on the then-terraces, rather than chants. Songs like ‘Delilah’ and ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’ are two that did stick around for a while, with ‘Delilah’ now remaining as Stoke City’s anthem of choice.

‘Blue Moon’ was originally sung by Crewe Alexandra's fans. It was only during the past couple of decades that the Blues adopted it and made it their own. 

City historical expert Gary James remembers the first time he heard it:

“The first time I can ever recall it being sung was at the opening game of the 1989-90 season at Liverpool,” he said. “It had never been sung by fans during the seasons before that.

“At Anfield, City fans were kept behind for a while after the match and a few lads started singing it as we started to make our way out. They sang a sort of melancholic version, but it caught on.”

Different versions of ‘Blue Moon’, by Doves, Supra, The Marcels, Sha Na Na, and Beady Eye are played regularly at the Etihad Stadium throughout the course of a season.

But undoubtedly the best and most popular version is when the chorus of Blues raise their arms in the air, hold their scarves aloft and sing the lyrics with all their heart during the 90 minutes of a game.

It’s a spine-tingling, compelling demonstration of support and loyalty for the club. Who knows what other versions of ‘Blue Moon’ will lie ahead, but long may the anthem continue.

Blue moon,

You saw me standing alone

Without a dream in my heart

Without a love of my own.

Blue moon

You knew just what I was there for

You heard me saying a prayer for

Someone I really could care for.

And then there suddenly appeared before me

The only one my arms will hold

I heard somebody whisper please adore me

And when I looked, the moon had turned to gold.

Blue moon

Now I’m no longer alone

Without a dream in my heart

Without a love of my own.

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, 1934 ©

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