A PATRIOTIC Tarporley landlady who by chance started to write an England World Cup song is now waiting to hear the FA’s verdict.
Debbie Keigan, aged 45 is landlady at the Nags Head pub in Haughton Moss and had the idea for the song when she was heading home after a holiday in the sun back in 2007.
Debbie explained: “I said to my husband Rory ‘We’ve had a really great time, but I love England’. I said it so sincerely it seemed really strange. I repeated the words a couple of times then said ‘I love England, it is my home, wherever we roam,”
Debbie suddenly realised the words sounded like the start of an England song. By the time she had returned home, she had written a chorus and five verses, and had even thought of a melody to go with it.
In March 2009 Debbie got out her song again, and challenged herself to try and make a demo CD. Debbie who has no musical background started to construct the tune on a child’s pink toy piano.
She said: “I marked the keys with the representing letters, which made up the right sound and I was on my way.”
Debbie enlisted the help of one of her employees Jessica Kelly, who is a student and qualified piano teacher. She drafted out the notes and wrote out the sheet music for the song. Rory then put the music onto the computer.
With the help of friend and music student Dan Pickton they put together a backing track in his school’s recording studio.
Debbie said: “ I was looking for a sincere patriotic type sound and he produced just that.”
After playing the track to a few friends she was encouraged to submit the song to the FA as a contender for the officially nominated song. After ringing the FA and confirming this was possible Debbie realised a new challenge had been set.
Debbie then recruited the help of the Nantwich Amateur dramatic society to sing the song.
Debbie said: “It was a real team effort. It may not be the best football song ever, but it could be. There is something special about it. I have done the best I can and met my original challenge. What it needs is a professional team to see the potential, and make it stand out, inspire our country, and help win the World Cup 2010.”
The song which is called Come on sing for England has now been sent to the Football Association, and Simon Cowell and Debbie hopes it will become an official contender.