Bleeding Claret & Blue

by Joe Hurley and the N.Y.C. Hammers

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NYC singer Joe Hurley wrote & recorded "BLEEDING CLARET & BLUE" for West Ham FC, celebrating their success in reaching the 2006 FA Cup Final. The songs pay tribute to Alan Pardew & the '06 squad, but underneath the pulse is a lyrical homage to Upton Park & the masters, West Ham legends like Bobby Moore, Billy Bonds, Trevor Brooking, Clyde Best, Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, Julian Dicks, The Boys of 86, & the Club's greatest ever managers, Johnny Lyall and Ron Greenwood.
"All Our Captains, Bleeding Claret & Blue"
We'll never see the likes of them again.

The song begins in ballad-form, as the life-long love affair with Upton Park first stirs in the heart, before building into a rousing sing-along that celebrates Harewood's semi-final winner, Brooking's goal in the 1980 Final, Billy Bonds Climbing the Royal Steps, The West Ham 'Academy', East East East London, The Boys of '86, Johnny Lyall's Claret & Blue Army, and of course ..

'I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles'

The ext version of the song names the entire 2006 West Ham Squad.

Joe Hurley is a life-long West Ham fan who grew up in London watching the Hammers. A NYC-based Recording Artist, with 2 bands, Rogue's March & The Gents, Hurley's recent recordings with Johnny Depp & Keith Richards ( 'Life' a 20-CD Box Set) won 2 Audie Awards.

In photos of Richards & Hurley in the Studio, a WHUFC Badge is pinned to his jacket's lapel.

Hurley's many critically acclaimed CDs include Rogue's March debut 'Never Fear' which was dedicated to Bobby Moore.
As the idol of a young boy whose turbulent family life has him falling apart, Moore is looked up to for guidance & namechecked in the song 'When you Feel Like Crying'.

Hurley has played over 1000 concerts in The US, with his West Ham scarf still seen hanging off his mike stand, spreading the good word.

Hurley wrote and performed a one-man show 'THE KING OF UPTON PARK'' enjoying succesful theatrical runs in NYC & Boston ..



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LYRICS

"BLEEDING CLARET & BLUE"
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When we first fell in love, it was a cold Wednesday night
The floodlights wrapped their arms around me.
On a rented beer crate, with silk scarf and best mate
Ah, It felt just like heaven, not Bromley
There's been some sweet years & a fair share of tears
You can break my heart like an old lover
But it still beats in time with that old District line
Upton Park you're my soul and my brother

I know fortune's always hiding
But sometimes our dreams they come true
Here's to John and Ron and Mooro
All our Captains....Bleeding Claret and blue

Oh,Oh, Oh, The Claret and Blue

We're on our way to the Cup Final
A Hammer Strike, a Harewood smile
The Academy's the place to be for style

I said, we're on our way to the Cup Final
26 years, been quite awhile
So lets all sing a song.. for Johnny Lyall
(Johnny Lyall's Claret & Blue Army
Johnny Lyall's Claret & Blue Army )

We'll all do the Pardew Shuffle
As the gaffer leads us out the tunnel
When Zamora scores, we'll be singing Bubbles

From NYC to Copenhagen
The world's a Cockney... Mr Fagin
There'll be a Knees-Up Mother Brown in every pub and station
-
When The ball hit Trevor on the head
And Wembley sang that Westham led
We did not need a second invitation

When Bonzo climbed the Royal Steps
And William Hill paid out the bets
The Irons' Roars were heard across the nation

We're on our way to the Cup Final
26 years, it's been a while
I've been dreaming of this day since I was a child

Then we'll all sing a marching tune
Yossi Yossi Benayoun
and Anton does the jig with Reo-Coker

We're on our way to the Cup Final
We'll turn it on East London style
Thank you Pardew... and here's to Johnny Lyall

You'll have to foul us 'cos you cant play us
We are the great entertainers
Yes, we are the famous..... Claret and Blue

And our fortunes always hiding
But sometimes our dreams they come true
Best, Hurst, Peters, and Dicks and the Boys of 86
All the legends in the Claret and Blue

And our fortune's always hiding
But there's one thing my heart knows is true
Here's to John and Ron and Mooro
Watching over...all us Claret and Blue....

(Ext Version- 2006 West Ham Squad are named through the repeating choruses from Shaka Hislop through Kyle Reid.)

And the Boys of 64, 65, ...and 66!
And 1975, and 1980....


Words and Music: Joe Hurley Copyright 2006 ASCAP

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released June 1, 2006

WORDS & MUSIC: Joe Hurley Copyright 2006 ASCAP
Produced by James Mastro w Joe Hurley
Recorded at Pigeon Club, Sunday, May 7th 2006

Joe Hurley - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
James Mastro - Guitars, Back Vox
Steve Holley - Drums
Dave DeCastro - Bass
Kenny Margolis - Piano/Accordion
Back Vox - The NYC Hammers featuring the 'Original' Paul Stanley, Gentleman Jamie Noone, Duncan Davidson.

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AudioBook w Neil Gaiman,CD w/ Colum McCann.
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"Joe Hurley is one of the City's deepest singers, both in his vocal range & in the level of his soulfulness-Mesmerizing"
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Track Name: Joe Hurley & The NYC Hammers - Bleeding Claret & Blue (extended version)
"BLEEDING CLARET & BLUE" (Joe Hurley)
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When we first fell in love, it was a cold Wednesday night
The floodlights wrapped their arms around me.
On a rented beer crate, with silk scarf and best mate
Ah, It felt just like heaven, not Bromley
There's been some sweet years & a fair share of tears
You can break my heart like an old lover
But it still beats in time with that old District line
Upton Park you're my soul and my brother

I know fortune's always hiding
But sometimes our dreams they come true
Here's to John and Ron and Mooro
All our Captains....Bleeding Claret and blue

Oh,Oh, Oh, The Claret and Blue

We're on our way to the Cup Final
A Hammer Strike, a Harewood smile
The Academy's the place to be for style

I said, we're on our way to the Cup Final
26 years, been quite awhile
So lets all sing a song.. for Johnny Lyall
(Johnny Lyall's Claret & Blue Army
Johnny Lyall's Claret & Blue Army )

We'll all do the Pardew Shuffle
As the gaffer leads us out the tunnel
When Zamora scores, we'll be singing Bubbles

From NYC to Copenhagen
The world's a Cockney... Mr Fagin
There'll be a Knees-Up Mother Brown in every pub and station
-
When The ball hit Trevor on the head
And Wembley sang that Westham led
We did not need a second invitation

When Bonzo climbed the Royal Steps
And William Hill paid out the bets
The Irons' roars were heard across the nation

We're on our way to the Cup Final
26 years, it's been a while
I've been dreaming of this day since I was a child

Then we'll all sing a marching tune
Yossi Yossi Benayoun
and Anton does the jig with Reo-Coker

We're on our way to the Cup Final
We'll turn it on East London style
Thank you Pardew... and here's to Johnny Lyall

You'll have to foul us 'cos you cant play us
We are the great entertainers
Yes, we are the famous..... Claret and Blue

And our fortunes always hiding
But sometimes our dreams they come true
Best, Hurst, Peters, and Dicks and the Boys of 86
All the legends in the Claret and Blue

And our fortune's always hiding
But there's one thing my heart knows is true
Here's to John and Ron and Mooro
Watching over...all us Claret and Blue....
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Ext Version Lyrics- 2006 West Ham Squad are named over the repeating choruses- from Shaka Hislop through Kyle Reid.)

And the Boys of 64, 65, ...and 66!
And 1975, and 1980....

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WORDS & MUSIC: Joe Hurley Copyright 2006 ASCAP
from Bleeding Claret & Blue, track released June 1, 2006
Track Name: Joe Hurley & The NYC Hammers - Bleeding Claret & Blue (radio edit)
"BLEEDING CLARET & BLUE" (Joe Hurley)
---------------------------------------
When we first fell in love, it was a cold Wednesday night
The floodlights wrapped their arms around me.
On a rented beer crate, with silk scarf and best mate
Ah, It felt just like heaven, not Bromley
There's been some sweet years & a fair share of tears
You can break my heart like an old lover
But it still beats in time with that old District line
Upton Park you're my soul and my brother

I know fortune's always hiding
But sometimes our dreams they come true
Here's to John and Ron and Mooro
All our Captains....Bleeding Claret and blue

Oh,Oh, Oh, The Claret and Blue

We're on our way to the Cup Final
A Hammer Strike, a Harewood smile
The Academy's the place to be for style

I said, we're on our way to the Cup Final
26 years, been quite awhile
So lets all sing a song.. for Johnny Lyall
(Johnny Lyall's Claret & Blue Army
Johnny Lyall's Claret & Blue Army )

We'll all do the Pardew Shuffle
As the gaffer leads us out the tunnel
When Zamora scores, we'll be singing Bubbles

From NYC to Copenhagen
The world's a Cockney... Mr Fagin
There'll be a Knees-Up Mother Brown in every pub and station
-
When The ball hit Trevor on the head
And Wembley sang that Westham led
We did not need a second invitation

When Bonzo climbed the Royal Steps
And William Hill paid out the bets
The Irons' roars were heard across the nation

We're on our way to the Cup Final
26 years, it's been a while
I've been dreaming of this day since I was a child

Then we'll all sing a marching tune
Yossi Yossi Benayoun
and Anton does the jig with Reo-Coker

We're on our way to the Cup Final
We'll turn it on East London style
Thank you Pardew... and here's to Johnny Lyall

You'll have to foul us 'cos you cant play us
We are the great entertainers
Yes, we are the famous..... Claret and Blue

And our fortunes always hiding
But sometimes our dreams they come true
Best, Hurst, Peters, and Dicks and the Boys of 86
All the legends in the Claret and Blue

And our fortune's always hiding
But there's one thing my heart knows is true
Here's to John and Ron and Mooro
Watching over...all us Claret and Blue....
------------

Ext Version Lyrics- 2006 West Ham Squad are named over the repeating choruses- from Shaka Hislop through Kyle Reid.)

And the Boys of 64, 65, ...and 66!
And 1975, and 1980....

---------------------------
WORDS & MUSIC: Joe Hurley Copyright 2006 ASCAP