Friday, June 4, 2010

The Blackhawks Goal Song aka Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis

Ever since I've moved to Chicago ten years ago, there's been ups and downs with the Bears, Cubs, Soxs and Bulls but one consistent I've heard is that the Blackhawks are one of the best sports franchise we got.  This year is no exception as the Blackhawks fight for for their first Stanley Cup since 1961.

I mean we are SO into the Blackhawks we went Old Testament and turned our water into blood.


Okay, maybe the plan to dye the water in the fountain at Daley Plaza red to honor the Blackhawks was a bad idea but the intention was good.  As disturbing as it is to see fountains of blood at least they didn't dye the water black (fountains of bile is far more disturbing in my book). 

Now I may not be able to analyze hockey games (I barely understand the concept of the game), talk about the history of the team or know what dye they used to color water but I do know music. So all of you who have asked me "What is the song that they play when the Blackhawks score?" and for all of you Blackhawks fans out there, this is for you.

After the buzzer rings after the Blackhawks score and sometimes at the end of games the rousing chorus begins "dadaDa dadaDa dada daDada." This celebratory and rocking sing along is "Chelsea Dagger" by The Fratellis.



The song is inspired by lead singer Jon Fratelli's wife Heather who's stage name as a burlesque dancer was "Chelsea." He combined this with a nod to Britney Spears (Spears . . . Spear . . . Dagger, get it?) to create the fictional Chelsea Dagger. The songs tell the story of meeting the enticing girl Chelsea Dagger that inspires devotion and gratitude, “it’s one for the Dagger, another for the one you believe!” The saucy words don’t make literal sense, but they paint a picture of fun, naughtiness and humor.

“Chelsea Dagger” isn’t a sport anthem like “We Will Rock You” that express intimidation.  Instead it is about sharing happiness.  The unbridled joy that this song creates after every goal embodies one of the most endearing things about living in Chicago.



While Chicago features some of the best high culture in the world, the soul of Chicago is working class: Italian Beef sandwiches, baseball games and hanging with friends at a local bar. Being a Chicagoan is about taking the time to enjoy the simple things in life with good people.  Even though a band from Scotland created "Chelsea Dagger" it shares this same feeling.

The best way to understand what I'm talking about is to pump up “Chelsea Dagger” and dance and sing along to the last verse:

Chelsea, Chelsea, I believe when your dancing,
Slowly honestly.
The boys get lonely after you leave
It’s one for the Dagger and another for the one you believe!!

The words don't quite make sense but it feels so good to sing.  The hard swung rhythms feel like they just want to explode through your body in dance and the melody flows across the vocals chords like uncontrollable laughter.  

It’s like singing “Sweet Caroline,” at University of Wisconsin football games however, this is hockey so we need something a little bit faster and more aggressive.  Also this is Chicago so we need something that swings a little bit harder and the chorus born out of pub culture, drinking songs and soccer chants is perfect. 

Game 4 is tonight. There's really no shame in losing game three in overtime during the Stanley Cup finals, especially when you won the first two games. As you watch the game revel in how great life is, how awesome it is that the Blackhawks have made it this far and remember when they score sing it out for “the one you believe!”

Go Blackhawks!!

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