The Titans need a fight song

I agree with Matt Wilson of the Nashville City Paper who believes the Tennessee Titans need a fight song. It’s crazy that an NFL team whose home-town is Music City USA has no fight song. When they were the Houston Oilers, they had one — the same one the Miami Dolphins have, except for the obvious substitution of names. Here’s that blast from the Franchise history’s past. (Warning: Listening to either the Dolphins or Oilers songs can cause irreparable damage to some part of your brain.)

While I’m not that familiar with many NFL fight songs, I’m a fairly astute player of “name that tune” when it involves college fight songs. However, there is one NFL fight song that I do know and love: The Redskins Fight Song. It has somewhat of a sordid past as some of its earlier versions flunked political correctness tests on multi-levels. For example, in addition to the obvious native-American issues, the line “fight for old D.C.,” used to be “fight for old Dixie” — back when the Redskins were the only NFL team below-the-Mason-Dixon Line.

When I lived in Washington in the early 1980s, I was a big Redskins fan (how could I not be when they played in two Superbowls — and won one — while I lived there?). I’ve long-since transferred my NFL fanaticism to the Titans, but I still get all fired up when I hear Hail to the Redskins. Now that’s a fight song, complete with a spot for a good, screaming: Rah! Rah! Rah!.

For the record, there has been a “team song” for the Titans/Oilers franchise since it moved to Tennessee. Before the team’s name was changed to the Titans, Ronnie Dunn (of Brooks & Dunn) co-wrote and recorded a team song that was distributed to fans on a CD. I can’t remember anything about it other than it was really bad. (Sidenote: Proof once again: You can find anything on eBay.)

  • Rex! You used to be a fan of the hated Redskins?! I’m not sure we can be friends anymore… 😉

  • Rex Hammock

    Yes, Cole. I’ll admit it. The Hogs. Riggo. Theismann. That was my era. I lived in D.C. during the calendar years (and football seasons) 1982, 83 & 84. I’d never really followed professional football before that (well, I guess I should say NFL football, as college football where I’m from is rather professional if you know what I mean). My decision early-on to support the efforts to bring NFL football to Nashville and to dive-into being a fan were based entirely on my experience in D.C. — of seeing how an NFL team can be a civic institution that provides a rallying point for people from all walks of life, political points of view, ethnic backgrounds, etc. Also, when I was living in D.C., it was SO impossible to get a ticket to games that I never got to see a game live. I think that’s one of the reasons I’m always at the games when the Titans are at home.

    But not to worry, Cole. Except for my love of the Fight Song, I’ve purged all ties to the ‘Skins. (However someone else you know, John L., who grew up in Northern Virginia, is another story — except when the Titans are concerned.)

  • Hudge

    Here’s my suggestion for their song: “Deleter of the Pac”