The Story of "I Love My Green Bay Packers!" (The Packer Polka!)... It was September, 1993, when three of my Green Bay Packer fan friends and I traveled to Minnesota to see our Packers play the dreaded Vikings.The day before the game we attended an Octoberfest celebration in downtown St. Paul, MN.Of course we donned our Packers attire and attracted many Viking fans.And these fans were happy to explain to us the many shortcomings of the Green and Gold.Well… about that same time a strolling accordion player walked by and played a polka tune and we felt pride inside to be from a state where the polka and the Packers can walk hand in hand with the brat and the beer and the cow and the deer… and the idea to write a polka about the Packers was delivered to me. Actually, my friend Bill Bundy kind of nonchalantly mentioned in passing, "you know, if some guy would write a polka about the Packers, I'll bet it would be a big hit in Wisconsin". Well, that statement planted a seed in my brain and I began to write the song “I Love My Green Bay Packers!” (The Packer Polka!).
When I got back to Milwaukee I put the finishing touches on the song and made a simple recording of it and sent it to several radio and TV stations, and low and behold I got a call from WITI TV 6 in Milwaukee and my recording made its official broadcast debut in late September 1993 on the Sunday night TV show “Talking Packers”.Within a week I was interviewed on the WTMJ AM 620 Milwaukee morning radio show and people started calling the station and asking if they could purchase a copy of the song.Well… I didn’t know if I could sell a song about the Packers so I called their business office and spoke to their representative and he told me how to do it, and wished me luck followed by an “It’ll never work” encouragement.
So my brain was prodigiously packed with positivistic enthusiasm for this new project as I ventured into the unknown, into a journey of the heart, into a metamorphosis of the mind that might delectably be called: “Have ‘I Love My Green Bay Packers!’, will travel”!
Their are several recordings of the song. What I call the "Eddy J archive mix" is the exact recording that made its debut on WITI TV6, Milwaukee & WTMJ Radio, Milwaukee, WI in late September and early October 1993.
What I call the "archive mix" is a recording where my friend Bill Bundy added singers and sound effects on top of the Eddy J archive mix.
Both of these recordings were released on cassette tape at that time.
When I put the song on CD I recorded another couple of versions with different sets of lyrics. You can find all of the recordings on iTunes or Amazon.com or CDBaby.com.
Verse 1: Tell all the people across the USA I love my Green Bay Packers! Who won the first Super Bowls ever played? I love my Green Bay Packers! Pity Chicago, Detroit and TampaBay (Throw in the Vikes!) They all come up as lack-ers We take our opposition And crunch ‘em like they’re crackers That’s why I love my Green Bay Packers!
Verse 2: Tell that Rush Limbaugh, tell Hillary and Bill (Oh, tell ‘em what?) I love my Green Bay Packers! Tell Willard Scott, tell Oprah and Phil (And Regis too!) I love my Green Bay Packers! I bet even Ditka’s a secret Packer fan (He ain’t so dumb!) He knows the best shellackers So if you’re green with envy Wear gold they’re perfect matchers That’s why I love my Green Bay Packers!
Break: Bup bah da bup bah da bup bah da bah I love my Green Bay Packers Bup bah da bah da bup bup bah da bah I love my Green Bay Packers
Coda: Don’t take this wrong but compared to old Green Bay (you're just a bunch) You’re just a bunch of hackers! So if you’re green with envy Wear gold, they’re perfect matchers That’s why I love my Green Bay Packers! Yes, we take our opposition And crunch ‘em like they’re crackers That’s why I love my Green Bay Packers! We got the best team! Go Pack! Break it down!