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    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    #ThemeSongTuesday: SAY YEEEAAAAAH!


    "Shut up, Saxton! The Top Guys are here!"

    You know from the moment you hear that hook, along with the Southern rock riff, that Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder are on their way to the ring. And they aren't going to mess around either.

    "Southern Proud," the Revival's entrance theme is one of CFO$' lesser heralded themes from 2015. I don't recall it even being in the conversation when we were ranking the best themes of that year during the Annual SGP Podcast Theme Song Award Show. But over time, and thanks to the Revival's amazing in-ring and character work, their song grew on a lot of fans and developed the same type of cult following that NXT has fostered over the last half-decade.

    As soon as the beat drops, you have the vocals that literally SCREAM "redneck," proclaiming that they go hard, all day, all night, all their proud Southern people who be ready to fight. Sounds convincing to me. And it also sounds pretty bigoted, after all, calling someone a "redneck" is one rung removed from saying someone is "white trash." Seriously, if you read the word "redneck," who's the first person you can think of?

    For me, it'll be this guy.
    Photo from simpsonswikia.com

    If the redneck stereotype is a "poor, uneducated, dirty, and racist Southern white man," then Cletus Spuckler is your guy. Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder? These two just love a good ol' fashioned throwdown. And that's pretty much what their theme song is all about.

    These are two guys you do not want to fuck with.

    Now, a lot of us don't normally get to hear the verses because the Revival's song fades out before the verse even comes on or the audience reaction's just too damn loud. But I've always wondered what the rap verse of the song was, and luckily, some good samaritan online was able to transcribe it.

    We ain't ashamed if we're clearing the park
    And if you're looking for trouble, our bite is worse than our bark
    Cause we them proud Southern boys till the day we dead
    We got fists made of fire, and our neck all red
    We keep it dirty (dirty)
    We keep it gritty (gritty)
    Don't need your sig, don't need your city
    We keep it dirty (keep it dirty)
    We keep it gritty (keep it gritty)
    All my proud Southern people let them know that you're with me!

    Okay, sounds basic enough. The verse isn't remarkable, and the cadence is pretty straightforward, which makes sense because Dash and Dawson's gimmick is that they are no-nonsense brawlers. Where the verse gets ugly is the fact that it just repeats all throughout the song. In fact, in the YouTube video that WWEMusic uploaded, you can hear the verse at least four times throughout the song's running time.

    The repetitive verse is a common weakness of CFO$ themes, something that you'll see in the themes of Bobby Roode and Kassius Ohno, which we've previously covered here. But if you think CFO$ are the only songwriters who struggle with coming up with a second verse (and a bridge), know that the repetitive verse is apparently a common trope in Taiwanese and Korean pop music. Don't believe me? Have a listen to this oldie (but goodie) from F4's Jerry Yan.

    It doesn't help that the more you hear the theme outside of the Revival's actual entrance, I can actually see two non-redneck white guys in a studio, emoting and trying their best to sound like rednecks. And when you hear the verse on its own, again and again, you end up asking yourself if the guy rapping has ever actually been in a bar fight.

    That's why you're probably better off only listening to "Southern Pride" when you are (a) watching the Revival make their entrance, (b) at the gym with this song as part of your workout playlist, or (c) in an actual bar fight. Otherwise, the song gets pretty old, pretty fast. Thank god that hook is so damn catchy. Who doesn't find it fun to yell, "SAY YEEEAAAAAH!"?

    The New Day's ice cream truck, that's who.
    Photos from WWE


    Stan Sy (@_StanSyis the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast and The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXT, Lucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. He dresses up in fancy suits from time to time to book matches as PWR's General Manager.
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