Sussex By the Sea - Lyrics Variations

Variation of lyrics used by various organisations.

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Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. & Sussex County Cricket Club
The song has also become attached to Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. and Sussex County Cricket Club. It is the clubs' official song, but with a changed chorus (often sung on its own, without any verses) - or, more recently, just humming the verses.

Good old Sussex by the sea,

Good old Sussex by the sea

Oh we're going up

And we'll win the cup

For Sussex by the sea.

You can hear a version by Brighton Fans At Villa

Sussex County Cricket Club
In 1957, Joe Haddon wrote a two verse version dedicated to Sussex cricket.

Now is the time for playing
Now let your hearts be gay
List what your captain is saying
While off the field of play
So put your best leg forward, my lads
And time each ball you see
If you sing the old song
Well you can’t go wrong
Of Sussex By The Sea


Good Old Sussex by the Sea, Good Old Sussex By the Sea
You can tell them all that we stand or fall
For Sussex by the Sea.

Good Old Sussex By the Sea
Their cricket is a pleasure to see
They will give you a show
For they don’t play slow
And useful men are they
So when you go to Sussex
Six Martlets men to see
They will delight you all
With the bat and the ball
In the County Ground by the Sea.

1939 Sussex People's March of History
Marching through Eastbourne in the 'Sussex People's March of History' of 1939 with banners that included Jack Cade's rebellion in 1450, the Swing Riots of 1830 and the Battle of Lewes Road, which was a significant incident in Brighton in the General Strike of 1926, 400 protesters led by Ernie Trory of the Sussex Communist movement sang the following words to Sussex by the Sea.

Now is the time for marching
Under our banners red
Rank upon rank advancing
Surely we forge ahead
So let your voices ring comrades,
All you who would be free
And we'll sing a song
As we march along
Of peace and liberty