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Singing praises of Ribbon campaign.

THE band behind the song which has had Sky Blues fans 'bobbing up and down' said supporting the campaign to keep the club in Coventry was the least they could do.

Coventry band Lieutenant Pigeon has produced Ribbons Everywhere to promote the Sky Blue Trust's Tie a Sky Blue Ribbon campaign.

The three-minute long Ribbons Everywhere is based on the band's late 1970s single Bobbing Up And Down Like This.

The band's drummer Nigel Fletcher, who lives in north Coventry and front man Robert Woodward, from Finham, completed the track in less than 24 hours.

Nigel said: "Robert and I both live locally and we follow the team's progress closely. It was the least we could do.

"We don't want to see Coventry City go down the pan. It takes the heart out of a city when they lose their club.

"So many people seem to have profited from Coventry City over the years but it always seems to be the fans left to pay. I think it's rather tragic."

The band agreed to work on the song after Simon Shaw, the band's publicist and an avid Coventry City supporter, approached the group.

Lieutenant Pigeon achieved two UK hits in the 1970s as Mouldy Old Dough reached number one in 1972, followed by Desperate Dan which peaked at number 17 in 1973.

Nigel said: "We were approached by Simon and originally he asked us to cover Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree but we thought copyright might be an issue.

"So in the end we went for one of our old singles from the late 70s called Bobbing Up And Down Like This and added some words to the backing track.

"Simon wrote down the some lyrics and we changed them around a bit and recorded it in a day."

Tie a Sky Blue Ribbon is a campaign which encourages supporters to tie sky blue ribbons at prominent locations until their loved one, Coventry City, returns home.

It was launched in response to plans for the club to play home matches 35 miles away in Northampton. The song and video can be viewed on the Telegraph's website.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 6, 2013
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