Football's coming home for Christmas: New version of Three Lions released for World Cup 2022 – see the full lyrics

Baddiel Skinner The Lightning Seeds It's Coming Home
(Image credit: Joe Magowan)

A new version of the iconic football anthem Three Lions has been released by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and The Lightning Seeds ahead of World Cup 2022, this time with a Christmas theme and a focus on the England Woman's team Euro 2022 win in July. 

Aptly named Three Lions (It’s Coming Home for Christmas), the re-recorded song features new lyrics and an audio clip of the Lionesses triumphant press conference rendition of the song, where the squad crashed manager Sarina Wiegman's address to the media. 

Comedians Baddiel and Skinner are really pleased with the latest version, with the pair saying they had to take advantage of potentially being number one at Christmas - though that will largely rely on how England perform in Qatar. 

David Baddiel said: “At last it’s between me and Mariah Carey for who really is the voice of Christmas."

Meanwhile, Skinner said: “We just had to do it. Christmas World Cup songs are not like buses. If we’d let this opportunity pull away, it would have been a very long wait for the next one."

What are the lyrics to 'Three Lions (It's Coming Home for Christmas)'? 

COMMENTARY
Isn’t it character, and heart and
motivation as well?
(Lionesses clip from press conference)
It’s coming home
It’s coming
Football’s coming home
It’s coming home
It’s coming home
It’s coming
Football’s coming home
ALL
It’s coming home
It’s coming home
It’s coming
Football's coming home (×4)
FRANK
Loving that Lionesses win
But thoughts of last year’s final kick in
And Moscow
And Turin
The blokes seem cursed
FRANK AND DAVID
Whatever they try
And I think I know why
They’re just jinxed in July
FRANK
But it’s December...
ALL
Three Lions on a sleigh
With She-lions inspiration
Santa says let’s play
The Christmas tree formation
DAVID
When they decided on Qatar
Should have checked VAR
It's too hot
And too far
So we'll be
DAVID AND FRANK
... snowflakes watching it here
This is our time of year
We’ll be having a beer
FRANK (SPOKEN)
Actually I won’t because
l’ve got alcohol issues...
ALL
Three Lions on a Sleigh
Yule Rimet still gleaming
A football Christmas song
Not at all demeaning...
COMMENTARY
What a cracker of a game...England are giving them a real good stuffing... Ding Dong Merrily on Sky...oh no it’s not on Sky...it has to be on terrestrial doesn’t it...for legal reasons...
IAN
All I want’s the World Cup
Don’t bother wrapping it up
KIDS CHOIR
It’s coming home
For Christmas
Football’s coming home
It’s coming home
It’s coming home
For Christmas (x3)
Football’s coming home
It’s comina home
It’s coming home...
ALL
Three lions on a shirt
Jules Rimet still gleaming
FRANK
56 vears of hurt
DAVID
For the men’s game
ALL
Never stopped me dreaming
Three lions on a shirt
Jules Rimet still gleaming
20 weeks of hurt
(For the women’s game obviously)
Never stop me dreaming
Three lions on a shirt
Jules Rimet still gleaming
(It’s Englaaaaaand!)
Never stop me dreaming
Three lions on a shirt
Jules Rimet still gleaming
Quite a lot of years of hurt
Never stopped me dreaming
Three lions on a shirt....

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