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Alabama, holdin’ tight to tradition, is bringing back ‘Dixieland Delight’

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Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrd tweeted out this graphic to inspire fanatics to persist with the script on “Dixieland Pride.” (Courtesy of the College of Alabama)

Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrd introduced this week that Bryant-Denny Stadium would as soon as once more play “Dixieland Pride,” the 1982 nation pop hit from the band Alabama, resuming a practice that was once discontinued after the 2014 season.

In years previous, the Red Tide performed the tune all over the fourth quarter whilst scholars sang alongside and, sooner or later, added some combat cries between the tune’s lyrics. Former athletic director Invoice Struggle nixed the custom over considerations the added lyrics have been objectionable. The tune remaining performed on the 2014 Iron Bowl towards rival Auburn, all over which a four-letter phrase was once hurled many times at Auburn.

(Additionally, the tune itself isn’t even about Alabama or issues that occur in Alabama. “Rollin’ down a backwoods, Tennessee byway,” is the primary line of the tune. The refrain even obviously states that the occasions the tune describes happen on a “Tennessee Saturday night time.”)

Right here’s the whole refrain with the added Red Tide lyrics in parenthesis:

Spend my greenback (ON BEER)

Parked in a holler ‘neath the mountain moonlight. (ROLL TIDE)

Dangle her up tight, (AGAINST THE WALL)

Make somewhat lovin’, (ALL NIGHT)

A bit turtle dovin’ on a Mason-Dixon night time. (F*** AUBURN)

Suits my existence (AND LSU)

oh so proper, (AND TENNESSEE TOO)

My Dixieland Pride. 

And here’s video from the aforementioned Iron Bowl (caution: foul language forward):

Tide fanatics have additionally been recognized to periodically drop the added traces all in combination and simply repeat “F— Auburn!” of their position, as was once the case on the 2014 Iron Bowl.

Byrd, in conjunction with tailback Damien Harris, Trainer Nick Saban’s spouse, Terry Saban, and the college’s scholar frame president pleaded with fanatics to persist with the “Dixieland Pride Carried out Proper” lyrics, which might be merely “ROLL TIDE” and “BEAT AUBURN, AND LSU, AND TENNESSEE TOO.”

“We’re going to do our phase right here and check out this yet another time,” Byrd mentioned. “So we want you to do yours.”

“Be mindful to stay it blank,” Harris mentioned. “Stay it elegant.”

Don’t grasp your breath looking forward to that to occur. Faculties have outlawed — or a minimum of discouraged — bands and DJs from enjoying positive songs earlier than and attempted to praise scholars by way of bringing them again with blank lyrics.

LSU’s band gained’t play Cameo’s “Speaking Out the Facet of Your Neck” with Tiger fanatics within the stadium as a result of scholars added a sexually vulgar line.

Maryland’s band stopped enjoying “Rock and Roll” by way of Gary Glitter (the tune the place everybody shouts “Good day!”) as a result of scholars saved shouting “F— Duke!” As an alternative, the scholar segment shouts out the music in a while after tip off. There’s no longer a lot directors can do about it.

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