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Into the Valley

The Skids
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[1979]
Album: Scared to Dance

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"Into the Valley" is a 1979 single by Skids, taken off their “Scared to Dance“ album, and is their best known song, appearing on a number of punk rock and Scottish music compilation albums. It reached number 10 in the UK Singles Chart for the week ending 24 March 1979. It was written by Richard Jobson and Stuart Adamson.
"Into the Valley" is still used as a theme song for fans of Dunfermline Athletic F.C. in the Scottish First Division and Charlton Athletic F.C. of the English Football League Championship, whose stadium is aptly named The Valley. It was also used in their premiership years by Bradford City A.F.C., whose stadium is named Valley Parade.
The song's lyrics are notoriously unintelligible owing to Jobson's diction. This has been sent up in a Maxell television advertisement which features printed (incorrect) "translations" of the words. The chorus, often misquoted, is actually "Ahoy, Ahoy, Land, Sea and Sky".
Richard Jobson said, in an interview in 2007, that the lyrics were about the recruitment of Scottish youths into the Army, who then served in Northern Ireland Local legend still persists that the valley mentioned is a reference to the village of High Valleyfield, a village with a reputation for "mini warfare" between its own residents and those of nearby towns and Villages (namely Toryburn, Rosyth, Oakley and Inverkeithing), near the Skids' hometown of Dunfermline.
The song was covered by street punk band the Street Dogs on their 2008 album State of Grace.
Betrothed and divine
Realisations no virtue
But who can define
Why soldiers go marching
Those masses a line
This disease is catching
From victory to stone

Ahoy! Ahoy! Land, sea and sky
Ahoy! Ahoy! Boy, man and soldier
Ahoy! Ahoy! Deceived and then punctured
Ahoy! Ahoy! Long may they die

Out of concealment
Blank and stark eyed
Why so uncertain
This culture deceives
Prophesised, brainwashed
Tomorrow's demise
All systems failing
The placards unroll

Ahoy! Ahoy! Land, sea and sky
Ahoy! Ahoy! Boy, man and soldier
Ahoy! Ahoy! Deceived and then punctured
Ahoy! Ahoy! Long may they die

Time for the audit
The gathering trial
A collectors dilemma
Repositioned and filed
Into the Valley
Betrothed and divine
Realisations no virtue
But who can define
Why soldiers go marching
Those masses a line
This disease is catching
From victory to stone

Ahoy! Ahoy! Land, sea and sky
Ahoy! Ahoy! Boy, man and soldier
Ahoy! Ahoy! Deceived and then punctured
Ahoy! Ahoy! Long may they die

Out of concealment
Blank and stark eyed
Why so uncertain
This culture deceives
Prophesised, brainwashed
Tomorrow's demise
All systems failing
The placards unroll

Ahoy! Ahoy! Land, sea and sky
Ahoy! Ahoy! Boy, man and soldier
Ahoy! Ahoy! Deceived and then punctured
Ahoy! Ahoy! Long may they die

Time for the audit
The gathering trial
A collectors dilemma
Repositioned and filed.

Contributed by giorgio - 2010/12/28 - 19:22



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