Saturday, October 24

No more Achy Breaky Hearts now we've got Payet

Don’t tell Miley Cyrus, but her dad Billy Ray’s lyrics are now being hollered by geezers in claret and blue. West Ham fans debuted a new song in honour of midfielder Dimitri Payet at Crystal Palace, sung to the tune of Billy Ray Cyrus’s 1992 theme song Achy Breaky Heart. The new song goes: “We’ve got Payet, Dimitri Payet! I just don’t think you understand. He’s Super Slav’s man, he’s better than Zidane. We’ve got Dimitri Payet!”

The original lyrics — and please don’t start line dancing — were penned by songwriter Donald Von Tress and go: “But don't tell my heart/ My achy breaky heart/I just don't think he'd understand/ and if you tell my heart/ My achy breaky heart/ He might blow up and kill this man.”

West Ham fans have not previously been known for sporting Billy Ray Cyrus-style mullets or a love of country music, but do have form on the dodgy tunes front, having changed Spandau Ballet’s Gold to, “Always believe in Carlton Cole!”

There’s now the intriguing possibility that having seen West Ham take a Wrecking Ball to Crystal Palace, with Payet scoring the third goal, Billy Ray and Miley might join President Obama — who once went to a match at Upton Park — among the US’s celebrity Hammers’ fans. Though whether Miley, or indeed dad Billy,would ever perform in a West Ham shirt, as Katy Perry once did when married to Russell Brand, is still uncertain.

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