For years I've been flabbergasted by the decision to use The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" for-- as far as I can tell-- the official anthem of the Seattle Seahawks.
Today is supposed to be a day of celebration. The Virginia Mason Athletic Center is packed to capacity with jubilant Seahawks fans excited to catch the first glimpse of the highly touted 2013 Seattle Seahawks. Having experienced no issues in purchasing tickets for my daughter and I for the previous training camps-- I assumed this year would be no different. Alas, I underestimated the passion of the 12th Man for this season and camp was sold out before I knew it.
So I drove to work flipping between the two local sports radio stations trying to absorb as much Seahawk-goodness as I could when, all of the sudden, one station returned from the commercial break to the listless, lackadaisical melody of "Bittersweet Symphony".
I went from happy-go-lucky to pissed off within the first few notes of the song.
I tried searching for answers on the internet-- why is this song used as the Seahawks anthem? Is it the official Seahawks anthem? All I could find was other bloggers sharing my disdain. From local favorite Hawkblogger to a perplexed Steelers fan questioning why the Seahawks came out of the tunnel to that song in Super Bowl XL-- all I could uncover was people confused, upset and angry over this terrible song choice.
For all of those people and all of my personal frustrations I have decided to start a petition to request that the Seahawks discontinue the use of this song in all forms.
Click here to sign our petition to discontinue all use of "Bittersweet Symphony" with regard to the Seahawks
An anthem is supposed to invoke specific emotions in the fans, players and opponents alike. For the fans, those emotions should be prideful and uplifting. For the players, it should fire them up to head into battle. For the opponents, it should at least be unsettling and intimidating.
If you're unfamiliar with the song, watch the video below. Does this song fire you up? Do you think it motivates our players as they come racing out of the tunnel? Could you possibly fathom an opponent being intimidated by this song?
We are so lucky to live in a region rich in musical history. Wouldn't it be so much cooler to hear the team run onto the field to Jimi Hendrix' "Voodoo Chile"? What about Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us"? Hell, even The Presidents of The United States of America's "Kick Out the Jams" would be far and away a better choice than this hum-drum tune.
Spread the word on this-- if the Seahawks take the field to BS Symphony Sunday night against the 49ers it would be a travesty.
Bittersweet Symphony Lyrics