Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday November 21 2006
For years our club has needed an anthem. We know this. It is often the subject of debate. We are all talk. Nothing has ever been done.
I suggest now is the time to change this.
There are several aspects what will determine the success of a club anthem. These include;
Swearing. The club will not support any song with foul language.
Personal references. Any song that relates to a player/manager will become dated.
Ideally it will be a tune that everyone knows. This makes it easy to sing.
And the icing on the cake would be if it was a song that was regularly played at parties, clubs etc. This would mean fans of other clubs singing it, but at the same time thinking 'this is a Villa song'.
I've been to parties and 'Walk on' has been played at the end of the night. I always think Redscouse as soon as I hear this tune.
It also need to be a song that can be utilised for club merchandise, with things that incorporate a theme on t shirts or car stickers, so that it encompasses everything to do with the club. Well now it is our turn. This is my solution.
We either embrace the Hi Ho Aston Villa and start singing the whole song, not just the Hi Ho Aston Villa bit, when it is possible to be heard on the crap sound system at the club. Or we come up with another song. Personally I do like 'Hi Ho Aston Villa' and believe that if the club put the words, every week, in the programme and on the big screens, it would not be long before we are all singing it. Not just before and at the end of games, but during them as well.
It fits all the criteria mentioned and could be a real winner. My concern though is it needs the fans to do their bit. And as many can not be arsed to even come to the games, I think that getting those who do come to start getting involved might be difficult.
This is where we need the club to 'buy' into the concept totally.
The words are dead simple and it goes as follows;
We're every where that you are Villa,
that's where we're at,
with the Holte End behind the Villa,
we'll win every match,
up and down the country,
we'll sing this song,
when we get behind the Villa,
we can't go wrong,
singing Hi Ho Aston Villa,
every where you go we'll be there,
don't care about the weather,
we will sing this song,
the Villas glorious.
I do have an alternative though. Another song that fits all the criteria. It's clean, is an easy tune, it is played all over the world in pubs and clubs and could be used in a marketing capacity. The words just need a slight adaptation to suit our needs. The tune is 'Thank you for the music' and could go something like this;
So I say,
thank you for the Villa,
the songs we're singing,
thanks for all the joy you're bringing,
who could live without it,
I ask in all honesty,
what would life be,
without the Villa to watch on Saturday,
so I say thank you for the Villa,
for giving it to me.
Repeat .... followed by Villa Villa Villa Villa.
I have access to studios (for the price of a few beers), because of my job in local media, and would be willing to help if someone at the club wants to develop this further. The old regime were never interested. But I, like the rest of us, want Villa Park to be full and vibrant and I believe that this would go some way to doing that. As soon as the fans realise that we are all in this together, have a chance to share a common song with every other fan, then the sooner the matchday experience will improve. This in turn will encourage new supporters and persuade old supporters to come more often. UTV
Article submitted by voiceoftheholte
Date:Tuesday November 21 2006
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