Songs and chants

 

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Downloadable versions of the chant booklets are available here.

Special thanks for some of the chant and song videos below to:

500 Miles

Tune: 500 Miles – Proclaimers

When I’m City, well you know I’m gonna be
gonna be the one that’s City through and through,
And when I’m standing, well you know I’m gonna be,
gonna be the one that’s standing next to you

I would walk 500 miles
and I would walk 500 more
Just to be the one to walk a thousand miles to back the rouge and gold

Capo: da da da dah!

Guards: da da da dah!

Capo: da da da dah!

Guards: da da da dah!

All: Dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun da da da!

[Repeat da da das two times, then start from beginning]

Addams Family

Tune: Addams Family theme song

Your sister is your mother
Your father is your brother
You’re all fucking each other
The [opponent]s family

Duh duh duh duh
DC!
Duh duh duh duh
FC!

Duh duh duh duh
duh duh duh duh
Duh duh duh duh
CITY!

[Repeat]

Allez Allez

[Clap while singing]

Allez allez, allez allo
Detroit City, we love you so!

Allez allez, allez allo
Detroit City, we love you so!

[Repeat]

Allez Oi Oi Oi

Allez, Detroit City!
Oi Oi Oi Oi!

[Repeat]

Battlefield

[Call-and-response]

Capo: [Pointing at the pitch] Is this not the battlefield?

Guards: Yes that is the battlefield

Capo: [Pointing at the scoreboard] Is that not the scoreboard?

Guards: Yes that is the scoreboard

Capo: Is that not a [City’s score]?

Guards: Yes that is is a [City’s score]

Capo: Is this that not a [opponent’s score]?

Guards: Yes that is a [opponent’s score]

Capo: [Pointing at the City side of the pitch] Is that not the winning team?

Guards: Yes that is the winning team!

Capo: [Pointing at the opponent’s side of the pitch] Is that not the losing team?

Guards: Yes that is the losing team!

[Pointing at City, then the opponent]

All: Winning team! Losing team! Winning team! Losing team!

[Repeat]

Biz Markie

Tune: Just a friend – Biz Markie

Oh baby you!
You got what I need!
And I’m City ’til the end!
And I’m City ’til the end!

[Repeat]

Bonfire

Detroit City’s current opponent always goes on top, and Ann Arbor goes in the middle. If we are playing Ann Arbor, they go on top, and Grand Rapids goes in the middle.

Tune: Oh, My Darling Clementine

Build a bonfire
Build a bonfire
Put [opponent] on top
Put Ann Arbor in the middle
And we’ll burn the fucking lot

[Repeat]

Bury Me

[This is not a call-and-response. Capos and Supporters chant together]

And when I go
And when I go
And when I go make sure I’m wearing rouge and gold

[clap clap clap clap]

And when I go
And when I go
And when I go make sure I’m wearing rouge and gold

[clap clap clah clap]

Bury me in City rouge
Ohhhh-ohhhh

Bury me in City gold
Ahhh-ahhhh

Bury me in City rouge
Ohhhh-ohhhh

Bury me in City gold
Ahhh-ahhhh

[Repeat]

Can You Hear?

[Clap while singing]

Capo: Can you hear [opponent] sing?

Guards: No! No!

Capo: Can you hear [opponent] sing?

Guards: No! No!

Capo: Can you hear [opponent] sing?

Guards: We don’t hear a fucking thing!

All: No! No! No!

[Repeat]

Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You

Tune: Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Franki Valli and the Four Seasons

[First part sung a capella]

You’re just too good to be true
Can’t take my eyes off of you

You’d be like heaven to touch
I wanna hold you so much

At long last love has arrived
And I thank God I’m alive

You’re just too good to be true
Can’t take my eyes off of you

1-2-3-4

[Drums begin]

Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da

Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da

I love you City, and if it’s quite all right
I need you City, to warm the lonely nights,
I love you City, trust in me when I say

Oh Detroit City
Don’t let me down, I pray

Oh Detroit City
Now that I found you, stay

And let me love you City
Let me love you…

[Repeat from da-da-das]

City Forever

[Clap while singing]

City, you’re ours until forever,
Our bond is made of blood and bone,
For you, our hearts all beat together,
We’ll always sing for rouge and gold

Oh oh oh ohhhhh
Oh oh oh ohhhhh

Oh oh oh ohhhhh
Oh oh oh ohhhhh

City, I’m yours until forever,
This, I promise to be true,
Le Rouge, I’ll never love another,
One look, and I fell in love with you

Oh oh oh ohhhhh
Oh oh oh ohhhhh

[a cappella]

Oh oh oh ohhhhh
Oh oh oh ohhhhh

[Repeat]

C’mon You Boys

Capo: DEEEETROIT!!!!

Supporters: DEEEETROIT!!!!

Capo: CIIIIITY!!!!

Supporters: CIIIIITY!!!!

Capo: Come on you boys in gold!

Supporters: Come on you boys in gold!

Capo: Come on you boys in rouge!

Supporters: Come on you boys in rouge!

Capo: Deeeeetroit’s tried and true!

Supporters: Deeeeetroit’s tried and true!

All: [To the tune of Yankee Doodle] Wooah!

[Repeat]

Cross Stadium

[Example]

Done in the 25th and 75th minutes following Tetris

Supporters’ side: D! C!

Family side: F! C!

[Repeat]

Dirty Old Town

[Scarves up!]

Tune: Dirty Old Town – The Pogues

I met my love by the gasworks wall
Dreamed a dream by the old canal
I kissed my girl by the factory wall

Dirty old town, dirty old town

I’m gonna make me a big sharp ax
Shining steel tempered in the fire
I’ll chop you down like an old dead tree

Dirty old town, dirty old town

[Repeat]

French Chant

*Yes, we know this is a really terrible translation, but it was the best we could come up with while using Google Translate on a drunken bus trip to Cl*veland.

[Sung three times loud, twice quiet, then loud for the remaining verses]

Capo: qu’est que-ce a vous chantez

Supporters: Rouge and Gold, Allez! Allez!

Capo: qu’est que-ce a vous chantez

Supporters: Rouge and Gold, Allez! Allez!

Capo: qu’est que-ce a vous chantez

Supporters: Rouge and Gold, Allez! Allez!

All: [While dancing] na-na-na-na, na-na-
na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na-na

[Repeat]

Just Can’t Get Enough

Tune: Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode

When I’m with you City, I go outta my head
I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough

All the things you do to me, and everything you said
I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough

We slip and slide as we fall in love
And I just can’t seem to get enough of

do do do do do do do, do do do do do do do
do do do do do do do, do do do do do do do

D! C! F! C!

[Repeat]

No One Likes Us

No one likes us!

No one likes us!

No one likes us, we don’t care!

We are City! Super City!

Detroit City Football Club

[Repeat]

Nothing to Fuck With

Detroit City ain’t nothing to fuck with!

[Drums]

Detroit City ain’t nothing to fuck with!

[Drums]

[Repeat]

Oh

[Sung during the march and the beginning and end of the match]

Oh, oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh
Detroit!

[Repeat]

Push It

Tune: Push it – Salt n Pepa

Ah, City!

City real good!

Ah, City!

City real good!

Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da

Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da

[Repeat]

Ruining Football

We’re ruining football and we don’t care

We’re ruining football and we don’t care

[Repeat]

Score a goal

Tune: Yankee Doodle

Come on City score a goal it’s really very simple
Put the ball in to the net
and we’ll go fucking mental

[Repeat]

Sha la la

[Clap while singing]

Sha la la la la la la

Ohhhh, rouge and gold

[Repeat]

[First three times through are loud, then two quiet, then remaining verses are sung loud.]

I will sing for you City
‘til you finish the fight
Gonna be a party in Detroit
No one’s sleepin’ tonight

I will sing for you City
‘til you finish the fight
Gonna be a party in Detroit
No one’s sleepin’ tonight

[Twirl scarves in the air]

Na, na-na-na-naa-na
Na, na-na-na-naa-na

Na, na-na-na-naa-na
Na, na-na-na-naa-na

[Repeat]

Smoke You Out

[Sung following Yes!, as smoke pops following a City goal]

We score!

We Shout!

And then we smoke you out!

[Repeat]

Suck So Much

[Sung following Smoke You Out, after a City goal]

Tune: Hey Baby – Bruce Channel

HEEEEEEEEY, Hey [OPPONENT]

Ohh, Ahh!

I wanna knooooooow … why you suck so much!

YOU!

SUCK!

YEAH!

[Repeat]

Ten Rotting Oaks

[Clap while singing]

Tune: She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain

There were ten rotting oaks in Ann Arbor
There were ten rotting oaks in Ann Arbor

There were ten rotting oaks
Ten rotting oaks
Ten Rotting Oaks in Ann Arbor

And the boys in rouge from City chopped ’em down
And the boys in rouge from City chopped ’em down

The boys in rouge from City
Boys in rouge from City
Boys in rouge from City chopped ’em down

[Repeat, reducing the number of oaks with each verse]

Tetris

[Done in the 20th and 70th minutes, put your arms around your neighbors, follow the capos for the beat]

Tune: Nintendo Tetris theme

De-troit Ci-ty, We adore you
De-troit Ci-ty, For you WE SING!

Na, na na na, na na na… [bounce to the left]

HEY!

Na, na na na, na na na… [bounce to the right]

[Repeat, faster each time]

Twist & Shout

Tune: Twist & Shout – The Beatles

Well, shake it up City now
Twist and shout

Come on, come on, come, come on City now
Come on and work it on out

You know you look so good
You know you look so fine

Come on and twist a little closer now
And let me know that you’re mine

Ah!
Ahh!
Ahhh!
Ahhhh!
Ahhhhh!

[Repeat]

Wild Wild Wild

Tune: Cum on Feel the Noize – Quiet Riot

Come on City boys
Make some fucking noise!

We’ll get wild, wild, wild
Wild, wild, wild

[Repeat]

Wings of a Sparrow

Tune: My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

If I had the wings of a sparrow
If I had the ass of a crow

I’d fly over [opponent’s town] tomorrow
And shit on the bastards below

Shit on! Shit on!
Shit on those bastards below-oh-oh!

Shit on! Shit on!
Shit on those bastards below-oh-oh!

[Repeat]