The songs of Leeds United --> Track 8

The Tale of Johnny Giles

This song is taken from the memory books! A lot of you will nod in recognition at mention of the great little Irish player Johnny Giles (for the rest of you - go get your history books!).

In 1971 an EP (extended play record) was released with "The Ballad of Billy Bremner", "The Lads of Leeds" and "The Tale of Johnny Giles". The EP was about the team, and particularly the two individual players that without discussion were among the greatest players ever to pull on a Leeds jersey.

Although you may be forgiven that the reference to "all the stew he eats" is a secret formuala for Johnny's success (like Gordon Strachan's bananas and porridge!) it is actually just a (mildly racist) joke - "Irish Stew" - get it?

Memories from a great time for Leeds United!

The Tale of Johnny Giles

(Ronnie Hilton)
EMI Publishing 1971
I know a little Irishman
Who gets the fans excited
I'm glad he left old Manchester
And he came to Leeds United

'Cos Johnny Giles of Ireland
Is the general of United
And if Don Revie had his way
Then Johnny would be knighted

When Johnny takes a penalty
The goalie looks quite sorry
And Billy Bremner dare not look
But he really needn't worry

He puts the ball down on the spot
The goalkeeper is sweatin'
He does his sort of an Irish gig
The ball is in the nettin'

It's Johnny Giles of Ireland
And the general of United
And if Don Revie had his way
Then Johnny would be knighted
(spoken: Oh yes, he sure would)

It must be all the stew he eats
That gives him his endurance
'Cos if you meet him in the street
He'll sell you some insurance

Oh Johnny Giles of Ireland
The general of United
And if Don Revie had his way
Then Johnny would be knighted

And if Don Revie had his way
Then Johnny would be knighted

(spoken: Can you imagine?
"Arise, Sir John - the popper-in of penalties!")