Video: The Ballad of Brian Hoyer

A Cleveland Browns fan has written a ballad of (and in many ways for) starting quarterback and hometown hero Brian Hoyer. 

The ballad is a parody of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," itself made famous by Jeff Buckley and covered by many an aspirant axe-man at open mics nationwide. This version is perhaps most notable for its inventive lyrics and raw fraternal passion. 

Disclosure: The lyricist/vocalist, Curtis Varouh, recently moved to Denver, Colorado, and is a friend of Scene's.   

We put together a slideshow set to the music as an homage to Hoyer (and all the words we've invented from his name) and to prepare for another tooth-and-nail home game against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday.



"The Ballad of Brian Hoyer"
Lyrics/Vocals: Curtis Varouh
Music: Matt Dolan

I heard there was a secret plan
Lombardi had to make you the man,
'cause Mike Lombardi always stood up for ya.
You went to school near W 25th
and learned to play at Brady's hip,
a Cleveland boy with poise named Brian Hoyer!
Brian Hoyer (4x)

For years you backed up other men,
and all you ever learned from them
was how study someone who outscored ya.
Well we dressed you up in orange and brown,
and sent you in with Weeden down.
Like that the team was tougher than sequoia!
Brian Hoyer (4x)

And on the evening of the draft
with question marks at quarterback,
were you pleased to see us trade down for a corner?
Then we traded up from twenty-six
and took Manziel. Did it make you sick?
Did you feel like you'd been duped by your employer?
Brian Hoyer (4x)

Well maybe there's a God above,
but there was never much to love
about the Cleveland Browns for years before ya.
So I pray you'll be the one in charge
and lead us on a victory march,
too bold to let a broken knee destroy ya!
Brian Hoyer (4x)
Brian Hoyer (4x)
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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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