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*The Bells Are Ringing For The Claret & Blue*


voice of the holte has joined a growing set of fans who believe the Bells Are Ringing For Claret & Blue should be our club anthem. Over to voice:

Watch this clip of Villa fans in the Green Man at Wembley and I am sure you will agree that this is our club anthem:



It doesn't mention any other club. There are no swear words. It has no references to individual players or managers, meaning it is timeless. It is just pure Villa.

However there always seems to be the odd misinterpretation of the words. For the record the true version goes like this;

The bells are ringing for the claret and blue,
The fans are singing for the claret and blue,
Everybody is knowing,
To the Villa we are going,
Cause the Villa are showing,
We're the best in the land.
BEST IN THE LAND!!


So what do we do:

*It should be recorded by reasonable singer with the musical backing track.
*The words should be printed in every programme as part of the history of the club.
*The club should make it available for download to iPods/phones etc from the official website.
*There should be murals inside every stand with the words on so they become ingrained in the fabric of the club.
*It should be played 3 or 4 times as Villa come on to the pitch every home game and it should be the song that is played at the end of every game.
*When it is played the words should be displayed on the big screens and the club should ask every supporter to give their biggest vocal backing to it.

We have many tunes that are ours. We share many songs adapted to us with lots of clubs. BUT THIS IS OURS. Wet Spam have tried to copy it, but it is ours.

There are many musical 'names' that follow the Villa. I am sure it would not be difficult for the club to enlist some celebrity help to get the ball rolling.

The club can do this without calling it an anthem, therefore they are not 'forcing' the tune on the fans. But it has been a massive point of discussion for years. These are good days for the club and it is important that we capitalise on the goodwill that is with us at the moment.

Fans of many clubs make positive comments on the Villa, as do many TV pundits. We are a traditional club, with a fantastic ground, a young, predominantly English team that plays with wingers and pace (we know we need a superstar goalscorer to take us to the next level) and owners that are the envy of many rival clubs.

Lets make these days count and create something that will last.

voiceoftheholte




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Date:Sunday March 14 2010

Time: 10:40AM

Your Comments

I thought it was "up the holte we are going" ?
villan57
I thought it was "up the holte we are going" ?
villan57
words would need to be bang on confirmed but no, think the original is as above. I know the Holte began to be sung, but this song should be inclusive to all our stands, not just the Holte End, we already have the magnificant holteenders in the sky.
The Fear
words would need to be bang on confirmed but no, think the original is as above. I know the Holte began to be sung, but this song should be inclusive to all our stands, not just the Holte End, we already have the magnificant holteenders in the sky.
The Fear
This is what i'm talking about in other threads, creating a brand, pushing of a collective direction, in lots of ways, some of this from the fans some from the club, the press pick up on these little things and eventually we are a fashionable club again, might not seem all that important to real fans what the press thinks, but it has a huge impact on the floating fans and potential new signings, not particularly palatable, but the way of the world, all about perception, we can stay a mediocre club or we can market well like the Sky4 do, then we too can be mentioned by Sky, BBC, tabloid press, Talksport etc, every 5 mins
ant1ant1
This is what i'm talking about in other threads, creating a brand, pushing of a collective direction, in lots of ways, some of this from the fans some from the club, the press pick up on these little things and eventually we are a fashionable club again, might not seem all that important to real fans what the press thinks, but it has a huge impact on the floating fans and potential new signings, not particularly palatable, but the way of the world, all about perception, we can stay a mediocre club or we can market well like the Sky4 do, then we too can be mentioned by Sky, BBC, tabloid press, Talksport etc, every 5 mins
ant1ant1
Should be covered by the Rapping Granny .
Doug4ever
Great idea! Let's DO IT!!!
godzvilla
Great idea! Let's DO IT!!!
godzvilla
I'm up for it. Lets do it. I've been going to the Villa more than half of my life and I've never known the words for this beyond the first line so I'm glad to finally know them.
Adam Deuce
I'm up for it. Lets do it. I've been going to the Villa more than half of my life and I've never known the words for this beyond the first line so I'm glad to finally know them.
Adam Deuce
erm...getting someone professional to sing it? What will they do after the first verse has been sung in 20 seconds - repeat over and over for 3 minutes, or do we cut to a Nigel Kennedy instrumental?
YatesyVillain
Watch this clip for a bit of fun against our friends from Small Heath http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHFrh3qmpak&feature=channel
voiceoftheholte
Watch this clip for a bit of fun against our friends from Small Heath http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHFrh3qmpak&feature=channel
voiceoftheholte
Sorry to be a negative nelly, but has nobody learned just how bad these come off after hearing the horrific songs that were hashed together but various half celebrity fans for our involvement in the Carling Cup final ???
Stig
Sorry to be a negative nelly, but has nobody learned just how bad these come off after hearing the horrific songs that were hashed together but various half celebrity fans for our involvement in the Carling Cup final ???
Stig
This is a brilliant idea!!
Bobby Norman
This is a brilliant idea!!
Bobby Norman
talking about it being an anthem for the fans, not a pop hit though Stig! But sometimes if we got someone 'famous' to sing it and play it at the games etc, it might take off quicker and easier again.
The Fear
talking about it being an anthem for the fans, not a pop hit though Stig! But sometimes if we got someone 'famous' to sing it and play it at the games etc, it might take off quicker and easier again.
The Fear
It was indeed "up the holte we are going" back in the early days of the Holte End '57, back in the late 60's early 70's. In fact the version you are recalling was the one sung loud and proud at Wembley Stadium '71, the Tottenham Hotspur League Cup Final. Great idea though voiceoftheholte, one of the best suggestions I've heard in a long time.
glensider
It was indeed "up the holte we are going" back in the early days of the Holte End '57, back in the late 60's early 70's. In fact the version you are recalling was the one sung loud and proud at Wembley Stadium '71, the Tottenham Hotspur League Cup Final. Great idea though voiceoftheholte, one of the best suggestions I've heard in a long time.
glensider
 

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