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Prince composes new Vikings fight song

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You've probably seen Prince Rogers Nelson, His Royal Purpleness, in a luxury box watching the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field this season, especially since FOX enjoys crowd cuts at the expense of in-game replay as a general rule. And this compatibility isn't just about the common themes of the Twin Cities and the color purple; there's now a musical connection as well. Courtesy of MyFox9.com in Minneapolis, the news that Prince composed a Vikings theme song after watching his home team beat the heck out of the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional playoff round last weekend.

The team loves the song and plans to put it on its website, according to the report, and hopes it will provide some inspiration as the Vikings head to New Orleans to deal with the Saints in the NFC championship game -- that is, unless everyone finds Brett Favre's(notes) rendition of "Pants on the Ground" more to their liking.

As far as overall musical quality ... well, it isn't up there with B-level gems in the Prince catalogue like "Play in the Sunshine" or "Computer Blue." In fact, it sounds like someone got half a gospel choir together on the quick, vamped on an old-school Casio keyboard, and got a slightly wobbly recording out of the whole thing. As NFL fight songs go? Not quite as catchy as, say, "Fly Eagles Fly", but quite a bit better than the legendary "Ram It" by the 1985 Los Angeles Rams (in my opinion, the sole reason there isn't pro football in L.A. anymore). But judge for yourself; click here to hear an excerpt, and read the lyrics after the jump.

the veil of the sky draws open
the roar of the chariots touch down
we r the ones who have now come again
and walk upon water like solid ground
as we approach the throne we won't bow down
this time we won't b denied
raise every voice and let it b known
in the name of the purple and gold
we come in the name of the purple and gold
all of the odds r in r favor
no prediction 2 bold
we r the truth if the truth can b told
long reign the purple and gold
the eyes say ready 4 battle
no need 4 sword in hand
we r all amped up like a rock n roll band
ready 2 celebrate every score
ready 2 fight the elegant war
ready 2 hear the crowd roar
that's what we came 4
and so much more
in the name of the purple and gold

r spirits may b tired
r bodies may b worn
but since this day is r destiny
r history - that's y we must b
4ever strong as the wind that blows the Vikings' horn
in the name of the purple and gold

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