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Monty Python Release Cheeky 'Unofficial England Football Anthem'

The comedy troupe has updated their fan favorite "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" with new, soccer-related lyrics

Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese of Monty Python in London, 2013
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June 9, 2014 1:48 PM ET

Monty Python have recorded a new verse for their 1979 song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," transforming it into a sarcastic theme song for England's soccer team a few days before the beginning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

According to The Telegraph, the tune now features a line that predicts a loss in the team's upcoming game against Brazil: "When you're in the World Cup, and all your hopes are up, and everybody wants your team to win/ Then they go and let you down, and come slinking back to town/ It's time for this daft song to begin." Vocalist Eric Idle even sings, "Cheer up, next time," after the chorus. New cover art for the single art shows each of the six members of Monty Python with improbably wide smiles atop the bodies of foosball players.

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The song originated in the troupe's religious spoof movie Life of Brian, and is sung by Idle (who wrote the song) as his character is crucified next to the film's Christ-like titular character Brian Cohen. The comedy group's YouTube page claims that the song has found new popularity as a football chant by fans of soccer team Sheffield Wednesday in the early Nineties. In 2005, a poll revealed that it is the third most popular "funeral song" in Great Britain, according to the BBC, with Britons requesting it be played at their final sendoff.

As they did with "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," the surviving members of Monty Python will revisit and update bits and sketches from their iconic career at a run of London reunion gigs, beginning July 1st. They've dubbed their residency "Monty Python Live (Mostly)," with the tag line "One Down, Five to Go," as a nod of sorts to Graham Chapman, who died in 1989. The last reunion show will be broadcast in movie theaters around the world on July 20th.

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