In 776 BC Olympics were begun
Greece was the only country, so naturally we won
Cheats built bronzes of God Zeus — were we honest winners?
The answer’s no: we had more statues than you’ve had hot dinners

Our games meant truce was called in war — a peace every four years
But wrestling was so violent, that bouts could end in tears
No girls allowed to watch or run - that might sound rude
But makes sense when I tell you we competed nude!

It’s gonna burn forever
Love for Olympic heroes

We’d like one next, however
Sadly it’s Emperor Nero
Hey — watch it you two alright!

I went from Rome to Greece so I could play them at their games
In 67 AD you know I won Olympic fame
I told them to include a contest based on poetry
Not much good for sportsmen, no, but brilliant for me. Ha, ha.

Crashed my racing chariot, but still awarded gold
Hey - my Olympics, my rules, to argue would be bold.
I won every medal that was up for grabs
The crowd loved it — well, they had to, or
I would have had them stabbed, ok

Olympic champion, that’s me
My games were Emperor’s own brand

Think I was bad? In 393 Christian Rome had them banned
It’s over
It’s over
It’s over
It’s over
It’s over
It’s over

Wait. Not so fast!
I’m Baron de Coubertin, a famous French historian
I read of the Olympic Games - thought I should try restoring them
They’d be just like the old days, I said, but did propose
That unlike Greeks, Victorians should do them wearing clothes

In 1896 re-launched the games in dear old Greece
Hoped it would make men more moral, as well as less obese
Rebuilt a stadium so we could start to play
Games of the modern Olympics — which we still have today

I’m owed my personal glory
But no one remembers my name
So here to finish our story
A man who has gold-plated fame

I’m Jesse Owens, fastest man in 1936
I took home 4 gold medals, yeah, but that’s just the basics
What you should know about the fact I was victorious
Is it made Herr Hitler mad — ha, it made him Führer-ous

Hitler said Berlin should be the games’ Germanic base
So he could show the world Aryans were the master race
I won in four events, he had to back pedal
His evil theory destroyed with every medal

It’s gonna burn forever
Olympics are never in doubt
A fire of sporting endeavour
You realise it’s actually gone out

Lyrics submitted by manic4manics

Olympic Flame Song song meanings
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