Margaret (née Miller) Day
Born: October 24, 1923 (Marshall, Sask.)
Died: October 5, 2013 (Edmonton)
Member: Canadian Association of Broadcasters hall of fame (2005)
We’re cheering fight, fight, fight on Eskimos
We’re marching right, right, right on Eskimos.
We’re charging down the field for all to see
And shouting rah, rah, rah, fight on to victory
We’re fighting on ’til every game is won
The green and gold is bold and when we’re done
We’ll tell the world we’re proud of Edmonton
And the Edmonton Eskimos
In 1952, a 28-year-old staffer at Edmonton radio station CJCA penned the lyrics for the “Eskimos Fight Song,” a rousing anthem still sung before the fourth quarter of every Eskimos home football game.
Later, Peggy (née Miller) Day wrote the lyrics to “Roar, You Lions, Roar.” A revised version is now played at B.C. Lions home games after every touchdown for the home side.
With only nine teams in the Canadian Football League, the pioneering broadcaster was responsible for writing the lyrics to fight songs for two of the teams.
Born in a Saskatchewan town, she got a wartime job as a clerk at a government office in North Battleford. She then became a switchboard operator at an air-force training school. After the war, she moved to Edmonton, where she was hired as a receptionist and operator at the radio station. She showed a flair for comic and parody lyrics used to mark social events at the station and, in time, an advertising agency asked her to write an after-dinner show for a gathering of Western Canada’s broadcasters.
Her two football songs were recorded by Dal Richards on a long-playing album released in 1968.
That same year, she moved to Vancouver to became station promotions manager for sister radio station CKWX. Before she left the Alberta capital, she was presented the keys to the city, the first woman to be so honoured, and she was feted by 100 tuxedo-clad men who thanked her at a banquet for promoting the city. She returned four years later to take a job with the city’s public relations department. She retired in 1982.
She received several awards for her charitable and community work. In 2005, she was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters hall of fame, a heady achievement for someone whose career began answering telephone calls.
Roar, You Lions, Roar
Lyrics: Peggy Miller
C’mon and roar you Lions roar
That’s what a Lions roar is for.
From the mountains to the sea
You are the pride of all B.C.
Buckle down and play the game
You’ll lead us on to football fame
We love the L
The O, N, S
C’mon and roar you Lion,
Roar you Lions, roar you Lions, roar!
Rah rah rah!