The Famine Song is popular among some Rangers FC fans who sing it as an insult to rival Celtic supporters. The song was first heard in 2008 and is set to the tune of the Beach Boys ‘ Sloop John B , itself adapted from the Caribbean folk song ‘ The John B Sails.
It’s lyrics have been changed to refer to the Irish Famine, which led to the deaths of one million and the emigration of a million more Irish Catholic‘s to North America, Scotland and England. The original chorus : ” I feel so broke up – I wanna go home ” is replaced with : ” The Famine is over – why don’t you go home ? ” It has been described by Scottish Premier League leaders as ” Racist ” rather than sectarian.
The Republic’s consul general approached the Scottish government about the song and efforts have been made to drive the tune from the soccer terraces. In November 2008 a Rangers fan was found guilty of a breach of the peace for singing the song during a game in Kilmarnock. The proceedings led three Scottish judges to rule that the song was racist because it targeted people of Irish origin.
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