Matt Robins of Salisbury, Md., gave his fellow Baltimore Ravens fans hope and confidence before their game against New England with his parody hit "Bring On Brady," which was featured in Playbook last week and has gotten more than 371,000 YouTube views. The song certainly didn't hurt, since the Ravens beat the Patriots 28-13 in the AFC Championship Game and held Brady scoreless in the second half.
Robins, along with his wife and lead singer, Sarah, and guitarist and father, Stan, were back on YouTube Thursday night with their latest parody - "Tonight -- A Ravens Battle Song" == based on the hit "Some Nights" by Fun.
"We were told we had to come up with a sequel by just about everyone who heard "Bring on Brady," so naturally that put a lot of pressure on us. We initially thought about going with a Beyonce song since she's the halftime show, but we couldn't find a good fit," Matt Robins, 29, told Playbook via email Friday. "That's when I thought of "Some Nights" by Fun. It was the fall's equivalent of "Call Me Maybe" [the basis for “Bring on Brady”] as far as radio play, even if it didn't have that infectious hook. I felt instead of challenging the opposing team or even calling out a specific player, it would be better to write a song that's more of a rallying battle cry; a song that focuses on [the Ravens] overcoming all the adversity they have faced this season."
Infectious is one way to describe Robins' latest parody. Ravens fans might find it hard to resist listening to it just once before next Sunday’s Super Bowl against the 49ers.
Among the lyrics:
"Some nights I made excuses for our bad luck
Some nights I cursed the bad calls
Some nights I wished that the media respect us
Some nights I wished they’d just turn off
But we suited up, exorcised our ghosts
Oh Lord, we always know what we play for (Go Ravens …)
What do we play for? What do we play for?
Tonight we are all Baltimore … (Go … Go Ravens … Go Ravens … Go…)"
YouTube views aren't Robins' only goal. "We really just wrote it to unite the fan base in any way we can," he said.