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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | AUGUST 18, 2011 7:20 AM

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Proposal for a new football song

I have been a faithful Hawkeye football fan since watching Randy Duncan quarterback the team when I was little kid. I lived in the Hillcrest dormitory in 1970-71 and suffered through the Frank Lauterbur years with many a bottle of Ripple wine snuck into the stadium. The only highlights that I remember were the baton-twirling chicks and the Highlanders (a bagpipe band). Well, they were also a little boring, so I can understand why they were let go.

But now there is something to be said for a rock version of bagpiping à la Slade's song "Run Run Away." This is one of the greatest and most uplifting classic rock songs ever made. It is by far a better entrance song for the Hawkeye football team than "Back in Black," by AC/DC, a dark and sinister song that is not at all friendly to sing along with. This song has it all — great bass riffs for power, bagpipes for nostalgia, and lyrics that just need a little tweaking.

Instead of "I like black and white. Dreaming in black and white," it would be, "I like black and gold. Dreaming in black and gold." Then instead of "See the chameleon lying there in the sun, all things to everyone," it would be "See Herky in the sun, all things to everyone. Run, run away."

Iowa could shake the stadium with a great rock anthem that combines the power of classic rock with old-Scottish-tavern ballads instead of the heavy and sinister dark metal song "Back in Black." Instead of people saying how great Virginia Techs' entrance is with Metallica's "Enter the Sandman," Iowa would blow them away with a song that can be sung along with adults and kids alike. You be the judge and listen to Slade's "Run Run Away" on YouTube.

James Fox
UI alum


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