Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Every time the NFL playoffs come around and the Steelers are prominently involved, a new crop of fan-made fight songs are recorded. This year, of course, is no different. On the question of enthusiasm, they get a 10. On the question of quality, they get a 10 for enthusiasm. The most popular one for years has been the "Here We Go" song, the main theme of which can be expressed by the chorus:

Here we go
Here we go
Here we go, Steelers, here we go
Pittsburgh's goin' to the Super Bowl
The lyrics can't quite do justice, however, to the pure tone-deafness of the tune. (But don't take my word for it--here is the downloadable 2004 version.) Note that I say this as someone who has listened to it approximately 36 times in the last 36 hours. You probably shouldn't listen, though, if non-musical attempts at music--or, alternately, extreme versions of the unique Pittsburgh accent--cause you physical pain.

One other thing I like about this tune, which is updated each time the team makes the playoffs for current players, is that it has a contingency plan, as shown in this verse:

Now the offense is ready to score
And there's one thing we know for sure
If we don't get it in the end zone
We'll get three points off of Jeff Reed's toe

You gotta love a fight song whose central sentiment is: even if we don't do the best thing we can do, we'll do something reasonably good.

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