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THN.com Blog: The day the music died

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'The Hockey Theme' had been Hockey Night in Canada's introduction song for 40 years. (Photo by Albert Moldvay/National Geographic/Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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THN.com Blog: The day the music died

Rory Boylen
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Canadian Why
(To American Pie)

A long, long time ago…
I can still remember
How the Hockey Theme used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make the home crowd chant
And, maybe, they would party for a while.

But that early June made me quiver
When that news flash was delivered.
Bad news from my inbox,
I couldn’t believe what was in that box.
I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about the legal divide,
But something kicked me in my pride
The day The Hockey Theme song died.

So bye, bye HNIC Theme song
As a kid you gave us memories
But now those kids are gone.
Me and the good ‘ole boys charged the backyard rink ice
Singin’ “da, da, da, da da”
“Da, da, da ,da ,da, DA!”

Did you hear Hewitt’s tone,
And did you ignore the telephone
When that song started to go.
And do you believe in ritual
Can a theme song become a part of your soul
And can you teach me how to score a nifty goal.

Well I know that it’s “just a song”
But without it on Saturday, something’s wrong
It’s all gotta be a big ruse
Man, I’m starting to get the blues.

I was a little kid learnin’ to shoot the puck
With a Sher-Wood stick, just like any Canuck
But the next generation was out of luck
The day, the Hockey Theme song died.

I started pouting,
Bye, bye HNIC Theme song
As a kid you gave us memories
But now those kids are gone.
Me and the good ‘ole boys charged the backyard rink ice
Singin’ “da, da, da, da da”
“Da, da, da ,da ,da, DA!”

Rory Boylen is THN.com's web content specialist. His blog appears Thursdays.

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