Zut alors! South Yorkshire’s singing plumber, who wrote a World Cup song, is at it again - this time he’s penned a tune for the Tour de France, writes Graham Walker
And Paul Ballington really did get on his bike for a hilarious music video, filmed by The Star, for his song Get On Yer Bike.
He’s ditched his England kit and gone all French - complete with beret, curly moustache, striped shirt, neckerchief, loaf, onions, wine and dodgy accent.
The 36-year-old father-of-two, is seen cycling to The Star office wobbling down York Street on a bike with a broken chain, while holding up his prized guitar.
VIDEO: Press ther play buton to watch the music video here.
Paul wanted to mark the Grand Depart with a fun song. So the plumber swapped his plunger for a plectrum to pen Get On Yer Bike
And he’s hoping it’s going to rival the official Yorkshire Tour de France anthem, The Road, featuring singer-songwriter Alistair Griffin and Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud.
Paul’s effort couldn’t be more of a contrast.
The pop duo’s video, featuring a James Bond silver Aston Martin DB5.
MORE VIDEO: Alistair also recorded a version of The Road with The Tour Maker Choir, featuring some of the volunteers who will help make the Yorkshire Grand Depart happen. Watch that version - CLICK HERE.
Paul’s World Cup song, England in Brazil, was written before the squad was picked and named Ashley Cole and Andros Townsend - who were not selected. That helped the song go viral, along with retweets by ex- international Carlton Palmer and radio plays.
It didn’t top the charts. But he’s hoping for grand things from his Tour de France song.
“I couldn’t resist a Tour de France song, what with the Grand Depart coming through Yorkshire,” said Paul, of Throapham, near Dinnington,
“My family and friends think I’m a bit crackers but it’s about having fun. I’m not even a cycling fan and I don’t have a bike of my own. But with all this talk about the Tour de France I can’t wait to see it.
“And I’m hoping my song will also get people in the mood and yes, perhaps even get on their bikes.”
The former Dinnington Comprehensive pupil, who produced the song at Bigdog Studios in Sheffield, littered it with Yorkshire dialogue.
“It only took half a day to write but I’m really proud of it. And I want to thank The Star for filming the video - with a bit of luck, this might go viral.
“There is an official Tour song but it’s a pop song - I hope people like the fun side of my tune.
“If it goes down well there’s still time to do a Wimbeldon song. I could end up with an album full of fun sports songs.
“I’m hoping it brings our Tour de France riders more luck than my England In Brazil did for our footballers.”
Paul previously recorded a Christmas song for PACT – the Parents Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia – which raised money to take children from Sheffield Children’s Hospital to Sundown Adventure Land for the day.
He has already put his Get On Yer Bike song on iTunes in a bid to get it to number one. The official song is available on iTunes and Amazon from June 30.
GET ON YER BIKE LYRICS BY PAUL BALLINGTON
Us Yorkshire folk are proud as punch
‘Cos on the 5th of July
A load of blokes with their push irons
Will be cycling for the right
To be crowned the winner of the Tour de France
As they pedal at crazy speeds
And every rider stands a chance
And their setting off in Leeds
Yorkshire hosts the Grand Depart
Na then, that’s reight good
Let’s hope the boys make a good start
If they don’t, then ey by gum
You can’t help but be amazed
By Yorkshire’s countryside
And ut’s not a bad thing ‘cos you’re pedalling for days
At the end you’ll be ready for a pie
Tour de FRance
Get on ya bike
As you glide across the Pennines
You can’t help but feel all right
Winding through the Yorkshire Dales
Let’s hope the weather’s fine
Get on ya bike
Get on ya bike
Us Yorkshire folk are honoured so good luck to every man
As you pedal like a child chasing down the ice cream van
Every rider get out there - get on your bike
The Grand Depart of Tour de France
Is an unforgettable sight
Then they’ll head off down to London
Much to our Queen’s delight
They’ll be closing down one or two roads
So you may as well watch we a beer
And when you see that marshall don’t have a moan
When he sez ‘tha can’t gu darn thea’
So as the boys pull on their cycling shows
And their padded Lycra shorts
They may have to squeeze into
The things we do for sports
The 101st Tour de FRance
It will begin in style
‘Cos Yorkshire folk when given the chance
Will cheer you for every mile
So riders are you ready, are you steady
Are you ready to go?
As we watch the Grand Depart
Can you maker a good start
We hope so