There’s no doubt what the most popular song is for Villa supporters. Celebrating what used to be the biggest and far-reaching terrace in Europe, ‘Holte Enders in the Sky‘ is a terrace anthem that has long been the unique signature tune of Villa.
A rally call to lift the players when things aren’t going well on the pitch, a celebratory roar when they are. The title also serves as the honorary epitaph given to claret and blue supporters who are sadly no longer with us. In short, it’s the DNA of Villa supporters from the cradle to the grave.
Now abbreviated to just a repeated chorus, it’s a song that is also appreciated in football culture by other football fans; as a bunch of Liverpool fans reminded MOMS, when enthusing about it after the football supporter march to the Premier League office in London, this year.
In the days of old, surprise, surprise, it was a song that expressed in a rather brutal fashion, the superiority of Aston Vila to their City neighbours. In fact, the full length version of Holte Enders in the Sky perhaps emphasises the difference like no other Villa song.
With lyrics that wouldn’t make it look out-of-place on Nick Cave’s ‘Murder Ballads’ album, there’s no surprise, the full version never gets an outing.
If you’ve never heard it in its full glory, here’s the lyrics below. UTV
Holte Enders in the Sky Full Version
As I walked down to Villa Park one dark and dusty day,
I spied a poor old City fan running far away,
I said to that poor City fan, it looks like you must die, ‘Cuz you have seen the glory of … Holte Enders in the sky
Yippeeh aye aaaayyyy yippeeh aye ooohhhh, Holte Enders in the sky.
We chased him through the terraces, we chased him down the streets,
But little did that City fan know that death must be his fate,
‘Cuz Villa fans rule Birmingham and city fans know why,
‘Cuz they have seen the glory of…. Holte Enders in the sky
Yippeeh aye aaaaahhhh yippee aye oooohhhhh Holteenders in the sky”
To the tune of:
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