He told the Daily Post: "The song is just him. It is what he felt about his city and the people of his city.
"They were more important to him than anything else."
Mr McGovern, who had been in seemingly good health, died at the holiday home he shared with his wife, Audrey, in North Wales.
Friends and family said he watched his beloved Liverpool's 2-0 triumph against West Bromwich Albion on the television, drank two cans of Guinness and completed his daily crossword before going to bed. He never woke up.