Scottish indie-band Randolph’s Leap have recorded a buoyant, singalong anthem, They Didn’t See Us Coming for Scotland’s Euro 2020 campaign. The single is officially released on 4th June and will raise money for two notable charities, Street Soccer Scotland and LEAP Sports.
The lyrics for They Didn’t See Us Coming were penned by Adam Ross, the principal songwriter in the group who is based in St Cyrus near Montrose. He explained “I think music and football share a lot in common. They’re both valuable sources of escapism and have an amazing power to lift people’s spirits and help us connect with other humans. I think all of those things are really welcome and important right now.”
Due to Covid restrictions, the song was recorded remotely and mixed in Glasgow by Randolph’s Leap keyboardist Pete MacDonald who even managed to incorporate Liam McLeod’s iconic, goosebump-inducing commentary from Scotland’s qualifying match. The SFA and BBC Scotland have granted permission for the band to sample McLeod’s voice which many will recognise from the nail-biting penalty shootout against Serbia, a play-off victory which sent the Scotland men’s team to their first major tournament finals since 1998.
Scotland’s turbulent road to the competition is referenced in the song’s title They Didn’t See Us Coming as well as playful lyrics about “arriving fashionably late” (a nod to the team qualifying at a late stage via the UEFA Nations League route in November 2020). The chorus even pays brief homage to stadium-favourites “Doe-a-Deer”, “We’ll Be Coming Down The Road” and Baccara’s “Yes Sir I Can Boogie” which has become an unlikely anthem amongst the fans in recent years.
“The song is a bit of an underdog anthem.” says Ross. “It’s about defying expectations but also remembering to have fun and make the most of these matches and the atmosphere that will accompany them. Who knows, it could be a while before it comes round again!”.
All proceeds raised from the single will be donated to two causes chosen by the band.
LEAP Sports is a Glasgow-based charity which aims to increase LGBTIQ+ representation in sport through work such as their ‘Football vs Homophobia’ campaign.
The charity said “We’re very excited to be selected as an official charity partner for the campaign. This is a historic moment for the Scotland National Team and we’re thrilled to be part of the story. It has been a long road back and seeing the men’s side return to a major tournament makes up for years of heartbreak – or at least some! ‘They Didn’t See Us Coming’ brilliantly sums up the journey and emotions of the Tartan Army. We hope that having Scotland on a major stage inspires LGBTIQ+ people across the nation to give football a go – whether that’s as a spectator, coach, player or referee.”
The second nominated charity is Street Soccer Scotland, a social enterprise which uses football to tackle issues of isolation linked to poverty and social exclusion.
David Duke, Founder and CEO of Street Soccer Scotland said “We’re humbled by the efforts of everyone involved in recording this single. As well as being a catchy number, it speaks to our message of hope, purpose and relationships, and importantly, never writing anyone off. We’re all one team and as well as cheering for those on the pitch, we’ll be making some noise for Randolph’s Leap too.
Every penny raised from the sales of the single will go towards helping us deliver our services across Scotland, using football to support people on their journey to security and happiness.”
Scotland will play three matches in June, including fixtures with Croatia and the Czech Republic at Hampden and an eagerly-anticipated meeting with England at Wembley. Beyond that is anyone’s guess but, as the song says, “it’s nice to be here at all”.