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I Love My Green Bay Packers

(The famous Packer Polka!)


©1993 Words and Music By

Edward J Lemberger

Esayian Publishing (BMI)


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 Tampa Bay

They all come up as lackers

We take our opposition

And crunch 'em like they're crackers

That's why I love my Green Bay Packers


Tell that Rush Limbaugh

Tell Hillary and Bill

​I love my Green Bay Packers

Tell Willard Scott. Tell Oprah and Phil

I love my Green Bay Packers

​I'll bet even Ditka's a secret Packer Fan

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


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


Don't take this wrong

But compared to old Green Bay

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!




Eddy J Lemberger & Rich Allen
Packer Fan Tours Party
September 1997


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”!


There 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.























“I Love My Green Bay Packers!” (The Packer Polka!)… The Story Continues… In mid October 1993 I sent a copy of my tape of “I Love My Green Bay Packers!” to a friend of mine in the Twin Cities, MN – Bill Bundy. Bill and I produced a bunch of TV and radio commercials in the Twin Cities at the time. Well… Bill gathered several studio singers and added additional voices on top my original recording. It turned out great. I put together a fictitious name for the group: Eddy J and the Packer Polka Ramas (the rumors are true… except for Bill and I the other voices on this archive rendition are a bunch of studio singing Oly’s from Minnesota! Ha! But all kidding aside… great people and great talents.) So… Bill and I put together a record label called Krokodile records and released the mixes on a cassette tape. The Packer resurgence still hadn’t happened back then. There was promise with a new QB by the name of Brett Favre, but true success for the Pack was still a few years away. We had fun with the song but by mid 1995 I thought the luster of “I Love My Green Bay Packers!” had faded into relative obscurity.












Another syncronicity moment… In the audience at that tailgate was Bill Wenzel, at that time the owner of Packer Fan Tours, the official tour company of the Green Bay Packers. He asked me if I’d come sing the song at his tailgate party before the next game. I said sure, so two weeks later I’m at another tailgate singing “I Love My Green Bay Packers!” In the audience was Packer legend Fuzzy Thurston and his wife. Bill Wenzel introduced me to them and Fuzzy’s wife told me she loved the song… her grandkids listen to it all the time. I was, well, pleasantly surprised. Bill Wenzel invited me to Tampa Florida to sing at his tailgate party before the Pack/Bucs game in December of 1995. The fans went wild after hearing the song and you could tell the Packer resurgence was gaining significant momentum. From that point on I was an entertainer for Packer Fan Tours until the year 2000. I have to thank Bill Wenzel for many fabulous times including being invited to many away games and the Super Bowl itself. Thanks to Bill Wenzel I’ve sung “I Love My Green Bay Packers!” to live audiences across the country from Minnesota, to North Carolina, to Florida, to Texas, to California. And everywhere you go people sure love their Green Bay Packers!


Well… here’s the original Eddy J and The Packer Polka Ramas rendition of “I Love my Green Bay Packers!” Due to technical reasons I retired this recording in the spring of 1996. I’m resurrecting it now and calling it: “I Love My Green Bay Packers!” (The Packer Polka!) Archive Mix. I dubbed this recording from an old cassette tape so what you hear is what you got. Thanks for listening.



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