New school spirit song gets mixed reviews

When I think of the first football game of the season, I think of that feeling of anticipation, the opening kickoff and especially the opening video montage.

The news from the athletic department is that John Martin, a Baylor graduate and son of OSU associate athletic director Dave Martin, was hired to compose a new spirit song for OSU.

The song Martin came up with is "Cowboys Forever."

Martin says in his blog, Johnmartinlive.com, he was hired in April to oversee the production of the 2009 OSU football pre-game video.  After extensive research on Frank Eaton, the inspiration for Pistol Pete, Martin wrote the song "Cowboys Forever," according to his Web site.

Martin said he and Director Taylor Bolding were given full access to the players and their summer workout sessions. He said his favorite part of the video is watching junior receiver Dez Bryant race Bullet.

As awesome as watching Dez Bryant race a horse sounds, the song that Martin wrote is proportionally as bad.

Listening to "Cowboys Forever" made me feel lame. I have never heard a song that represents the way I feel about myself or my school, and I wish this one was not it. The cheesy lyrics in this song are plain overwhelming.

"The prairie wind touches our skin, another maverick morning begins."

I guess that prairie wind is just not what comes to mind when I am walking down the Strip to eat at Coney Island and the most "maverick" thing I experience during the week is riding my bike on the sidewalk.

"In Bedlam we will rise and stand, with strength and honor to defend our land."

The Cowboys might defend with honor, but the Bedlam football series is one of the most lopsided in-state rivalries in the nation. Martin should consider our land pillaged.

I understand that I may be picky, so I asked my fellow Cowboys about their thoughts regarding the song.

Andy Guthrie, a history senior, said while he doesn't mind the song, he doesn't think it's football material.

"It was OK," Guthrie said. "I don't think it would really work at a football game. It's not very spirited. It's just not very energetic -- it's sorta slow and really long."

JJ Mitchell, a music freshman, said he enjoyed the song and thinks it's just what the school needs. 

"I thought the song sounded good," Mitchell said. "The lyrics I liked too, it sounds like a good chant song and I think it will fire up the crowd."

But I think freshman entrepreneurship freshman, Jeb Shadid said it best.

"I am in a worse mood now after hearing that song," Shadid said. "That song wouldn't pump me up for a football game at all."

Dave Martin was unable to be reached to discuss the matter.

Many fans have expressed displeasure on message boards and social networks at the thought of the song being used for the intro video.

A group on Facebook.com named "Stop Cowboys 4ever Now" already has nearly 100 members. The athletic department has not confirmed whether it will actually be used for the video.

On a May, 3 blog entry on Martin's Web site, he wrote "My thoughts about working with a producer began stirring in my mind when I was hired by Oklahoma State University to oversee the production of the 2009 football team entrance video, which I would also write a song for."

If this song is used in the pregame media mix, I would be fine because nobody would be in the stadium.

On the other hand, everybody pays attention to the actual video, including the people we are trying to intimidate.