Download two great songs in honour of Shankly

Paul Wilkes is a singer/songwriter from Liverpool who is a big fan of Bill Shankly. He wrote two great songs in Shankly's honour as 2009 is the 50 year anniversary of when Shankly became Liverpool's manager in 1959. George Sephton, 'The Voice of Anfield', has already given his thumbs up and calls the songs 'gems'.

Please visit also Paul's homepage where you can find more about this promising artist.

Click the title of the songs to download them.

Shanks Was The Man - Music by Paul Wilkes. Words by Joe McCloskey and Paul Wilkes. Song is copyrighted by Paul Wilkes 2009.

Shanks was the man

Paisley was his right hand

Smithy the iron

Heighway was flyin high


Crazy Horse was mad

Joey Jones was bad

Clem at the back

Tosh up the front with Keegan

Oh what a team that we had

Oh what a team that we had


Yeatsy was big with strong

Cally could do no wrong

Whealiin was dealin

Balls up the front with Souness


So coming the later days

Kenny's on the stage

Lindsay and Lloyd

Sir Roger and Saint John


Hero's everyone

Hero's everyone


Shanks was the man

Paisley was his right hand

A time of hero's

A team of fighting lions


Oh what a team that we had

Oh what a team that we had

Oh what a team that we had  

 

Off Go The Lights - words and music by Paul Wilkes. Song is copyrighted by Paul Wilkes 2009


Off go the lights

The end of a day

The end of a beautiful era


Hard to say goodbye

We know you could of

Taking us so much further


So now all of those charms

All of those jokes

Will always live on


In our heart of hearts

You are the boss

You are our favorite son


Off go the lights

The end of a day

The end of a magical era


Hard to say goodbye

We know you could of

Taking us so much further


You always did put on a show

But its hard not to

When your everyone's hero


A socialist of the working class

so lets all raise our flags

To half mast


Off go the lights

The end of a day

The end of a beautiful era


Hard to say goodbye

We know you could of

Taking us so much further

Shanks quote

Alan Ball was Everton's idol at the time while his father, Alan Ball Snr, was the manager of Preston. Alan Snr asked Shankly if he wanted to accompany him to a midweek game against Wrexham. Shanks agreed, but said he would follow Alan in his own car in case he wanted to drive home before the end of the game. Shankly was uncertain of the directions to Wrexham, so Ball Snr agreed that Shanks would drive behind him. When he turned up at Shankly's house, Bill was pleased to see Alan Jnr. in the car with his father as he admired him as a player. When the two cars reached the Mersey tunnel, Shankly was struggling to keep up and ground to halt halfway through the tunnel. Shankly was renowned for his lack of driving skills and was rather accident prone. Shanks couldn't restart the engine. Ball Snr. was naturally concerned, 'I'll tell you what, Bill. I've got a rope in the boot. I'll attach it to your car and tow you to the tunnel exit. We'll then call a mechanic to sort out the problem. Shankly paused for a few seconds, thinking over Ball Snr's suggestion and then exclaimed: 'I don't think that's a good idea, son. Can you imagine the headlines in tomorra's Echo?' "SHANKLY DRAGGED OUT OF THE MERSEY TUNNEL BY THE BALLS."

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