Date: 21st November 2006 at 1:21pm
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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


37 Replies to “Aston Villa NEED An Anthem”

  • There’s a fine line between an anthem and an embarrasment. I think we’d get the p1ss ripped out of us if we all warbled out an Abba classic mid game. The Hi-ho song is too generic. I know the Wolves sing it, and I’m sure dozens of other clubs do too.

  • I agree about the ABBA problem, although Stoke get away with singing Tom Jones! I’ve always liked Hi Ho but think Deano is right that a lot of other sides have been there before us…thats the problem with an anthem we all want one but its finding one tha

  • We definately need some sort of an anthem though. Although i agree there is a fine line between anthem and embarrasment, somewhere theres got to be a good song for us to sing

  • I didnt mean to p1ss on anyones fireworks. lol. Just making a valid point I think. We need something tho, although I dont think my suggestion on the forum has legs. Would have been great but I didnt realise the political undertones of the song.

  • What about the music that the team always came out to in the 70’s and early 80’s? I don’t know the name of it, but Tony Butler adopted it for his BRMB show for a few years as well. It has no words but always sent a chill down the spine when it was blast

  • Aren’t we looking more for an athem we can sing all the time (such as the Blues and – Keep right on) rather than something for the players to run out to?

  • Most of the well-known anthems are either ‘real’ anthems (think of the Welsh rugby crowd singing ‘Land of My Fathers’), or have really stood the test of time. Small Heath and the Hammers’ anthems both date from the early 1900s, and the Redscouse anthem da

  • That tune from the ’70s and ’80s is called “Theme from an unmade silent movie” by Hurricane Smith. It’s good to hear it again, but we need an anthem with lyrics too!

  • buckers. As aronno said, Stoke get away with Delilah. And all the tunes we already sing down the Villa were by really cool people weren’t they? Who do you think originally recorded ‘My Old Man’ and ‘You are my Villa’, amongst others. And as for ‘Keep Righ

  • Ok as I see it we are getting a little muddled between an athem for the crownd to sing (remembering singing don’t cry for me Aston Villa in the late 70’s and 80’s) and music for the team to come onto the pitch to to scare the hell out of the opposition an

  • why do we need an anthem i like my old man when enough people sing it it’s great i don’t want to be one song wonders like our scummy neighbours.

  • Theme from an unmade silent movie by Hurricane Smith. i think the team should defiantly come out to that.

  • beefy that is the best link I have seen for ages. has to be played at max volume to enjoy it to the full. also gives weight to the voices argument about making the most of hi ho aston villa. maybe we should make full use of a song that we already have but

  • Villa are pretty well 1 or 2 song wonders. The amount of songs sang and originality is minimal compared to the terraces of times gone by. That goes for many clubs, but Villa are relatively poor in their vocal support (ignoring the likes of Wigan on Sunday

  • Spot on stennyvilla. That used to be sung at lung-busting volume from the Holte back in the good old late 60’s and 70’s. Man, we were loud in them days.

  • Another blast from the past I liked – and which might be more well known as it has been used to advertise Yellow Pages was to the tune of Yellow River – the old Creedence Clearwater Revival song.

    The words are:

    Aston Villa Aston Villa You’re in my m

  • voth seems to think that he can get studios. can anybody link in with the club to get something going? we have always talked about this. can someone get something on the roll.

  • Theme from an unmade movie? Is that what it’s called then? Reminds me of my childhood and even though I’m far, far away from VP at the moment, when the games come on the TV and I’m waiting for it to start this song is running round and round my head. That

  • what about Rod Stewarts, Your in My Heart or Sailing, and im not a big Rod Stewart fan before you slate me, just thought they were easy to sing and catchy???

  • How about “I still have’nt found what I’m looking for”, recently released again by U2 – that should get the fan’s adrenoline flowing before the match”. There are many similar “classics” by well known groups that could be played for our boys to run out to.

  • i know i’ve suggested this before but i’d say ‘Alive and Kicking’ by simple minds, it certainly fits in with our recent good fortunes and is a nice little swipe at the ellis regime. i like the U2 idea from villacross but i think that with MON and Randy’s

  • What about blasting “Welcome to the jungle” by Guns n`roses as the team enters the pitch? Surely a song fit to egnite a spark in both players and the Holte..

  • Be fair to voiceoftheholte, he has put some good ideas before – I suggested Welcome to the Jungle to Krulak in the interview but he seemed keener on the Rocky theme. I think its a shame most of our songs are about how ****** the bluenoses are – we need so

  • I liked the start of your message paranoid. Not to sure about the Celtic thing though. Most of their singing is sectarian (should be labeled as rasict) bigotry? They glorify in their opposition to the crown (the Queen) with their anthem, ‘Fields of Athenr


    I suggested O’Happy day (when randy took ellis away) I think with scalfs in the air and side to side m

  • This is going around in circles! I suggest that you compile all the ideas, produce a short-list of 10-12 tracks (2 or 3 “walk-ons”) and get a recordig made in mp3 format so that it can be down-loaded here on this web-site (if JF will agree to this). Then

  • UB40 would love that, well Brian Travers of UB40 would love that, the rest would be up in arms as blue noses! lol

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