If Georgia Football Were A Song…


Earlier today, while listening to music and watching some Georgia football highlights, a question popped into my head: what song symbolizes Georgia football the most?

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It was after about an hour of watching highlights and listening to music that the question crossed my mind. I couldn’t think of one right off the top of my head, so I decided I had to create a full-on search for the song that is Georgia football’s equal.

I searched long and hard throughout numerous genres looking for the tune that was more Dawg than any other. The song needed to be classic and powerful, just like the Georgia football program. I thought of “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult, whose constant cowbell reminded me of Georgia fans’ constant optimism for their program, but it didn’t seem to be the right fit. Then I also thought of “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen because Dawg fans have a tendency to look back onto the success of yesteryear.

After a few more minutes searching, it finally hit me, and it was all too obvious.

The song that symbolizes Georgia football the best is the very song played in Sanford Stadium leading up to kickoff: “Baba O’Riley” by the Who.

Other than the fact I mentioned above that it is the tune used to pump up Georgia players and fans alike before football games, “Baba O’Riley” represents Georgia football for a few reasons. The song is classic and an all-time great, much like Georgia has one of the all-time great football programs. Also, the first lines in the song are:

“Out here in the fields, I fight for my meals, I get my back into my living, I don’t need to fight, to prove I’m right, I don’t need to be forgiven”.

These lyrics represent a hard-nosed, blue collar attitude that has been characteristic of Bulldog teams for many years now.

The term “teenage wasteland” which is repeated throughout the song could also be used to describe Sanford Stadium, where every fall young men put it all on the line for their school. Also, the song begins to shift and speed up towards the end with its violin solo, reminiscent of how Georgia seems to play its best football at the end of the season.

So there you have it. If you don’t already think of Georgia football and Sanford Stadium whenever you hear “Baba O’Riley”, you should start doing so now, because “Baba O’Riley” is what Georgia football would be if it were a song.

What would you choose as a song to symbolize the Georgia football program? Tell us in the comments section.

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