There is a groundswell of support among the light blue legions for a formal re-introduction of The Billy Boys song.
I personally endorse this, though I have two main reasons why I shouldn't.
Firstly, I favour the Dixie side in the American Civil War and The Billy Boys tune comes from the Union song Marching Through Georgia.
Secondly, I do oppose the contentious words "up to our knees in Fenian blood" which led to the song's being proscribed. Most reasonable bears would agree that the day for singing this sort of stuff is over.
That's why there has to be an agreed set of lyrics to replace this line.
Some would argue that, in line with the old song, the first line could be replaced to "Hello, Hello, we are the Rangers boys.
I would contest this because I am a Billy in more ways than one! So The Billy Boys works fine for me. I do like these words lifted from the We are the Rangers boys song with amendment, though:-
We are the Billy boys
You'll know us by our noise
We'll give anything to see our team, at Ibrox or away
For we are the Billy Billy boys
There are few sounds more stirring than this great old song being belted out by thousands of bluenoses at Ibrox. The song is a vital part of our heritage and should be returned promptly.
The Union Bears and The Blue Order could come up with an extended version and perhaps incorporate the words of We Are The Rangers Boys.
I also want to make another case here for We Have An Anchor being made the official hymn of Rangers FC. I know this also has massive support among teddy bears, including some close to the club.
In fact, I would like to see a wee single with The Billy Boys and We Have An Anchor in a medley. Anyone up for that, let me know.
Also, if you have alternative lyrics for The Billy Boys, get in touch with me here at CRO. We'll publish some of the best ones.
Let me just take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and prosperous year in 2013.
Still The People!