Classic Song Lyrics: We all dream of a team of Eric Lavines

We pay tribute to a classic song, and one of the finest anthems sung ever sung on the terraces.

We pay tribute to a classic song, and one of the finest anthems sung ever sung on the terraces.

Longford Town’s soccer fans classic ‘We all dream of a team of Eric Lavines’ revolutionised the genre of ‘We all dream...’ songs. It bore closely the influence of the Republic of Ireland supporter’s effort ‘We all dream of a team of Gary Breens’ but changed it radically by inserting at the end, not Gary Breen, but Eric Lavine.

The lyrics of the song are nuanced and subtle, but what the composer was trying to get across was how intersting it would be if there was a team composed entirely of Eric Lavines. Rumour has it legendary American rock critic, Greil Marcus, who wrote an entire book on Bob Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’, was only moved to consider doing something similar for another song upon hearing ‘We all dream of a team of Eric Lavines’ for the first time. Fellow rock journalist Robert Christgau also reportedly fell in love with the song.

Eric Lavine was a former Longford Town, Galway United (for two spells) and, latterly, Athlone Town striker. According to the good people at Wikipedia, he scored 29 goals in 117 games for Longford Town during the most glorious of the glory years between 2001 and 2005.

He was also a Barbados international, however, while he was playing for Barbados, in a situation reminiscent of the time before he began playing for Barbados, and after he finished playing for them, the team were not a powerhouse of world football.

During his ‘Town’ days, Lavine was much loved for wonderful touch, his languid style, his goals in the earlier years and his pathological unwillingness to shoot in later years.

(All)

We all dream of a team of Eric Lavines,

A team of Eric Lavines,

A team of Eric Lavines,

We all dream of a team of Eric Lavines,

A team of Eric Lavines,

A team of Eric Lavines,

(Lead)

No. 1 is Eric Lavine,

No. 2 is Eric Lavine,

No. 3 is Eric Lavine,

No. 4 is Eric Lavine.

(All)

We all dream of a team of Eric Lavines,

A team of Eric Lavines,

A team of Eric Lavines,

We all dream of a team of Eric Lavines,

A team of Eric Lavines,

A team of Eric Lavines,

(Lead)

No. 5 is Eric Lavine,

No. 6 is Eric Lavine,

No. 7 is Eric Lavine,

No. 8 is Eric Lavine.

(All)

We all dream of a team of Eric Lavines,

A team of Eric Lavines,

A team of Eric Lavines,

We all dream of a team of Eric Lavines,

A team of Eric Lavines,

A team of Eric Lavines,

(Lead)

No. 9 is Eric Lavine,

No. 10 is Eric Lavine,

And No. 11 is Eric Lavine.

(All)

We all dream of a team of Eric Lavines,

A team of Eric Lavines,

A team of Eric Lavines,

We all dream of a team of Eric Lavines,

A team of Eric Lavines,

A team of Eric Lavines,

(Repeat)

By Conor Neville (Article, not song)