The story behind the song "We've Got Jared"
If you’re following men’s basketball at Auburn lately (and really, who isn’t?), you’ve likely heard the “We’ve Got Jared” song that’s being used by the players and fans. It was written, recorded, and produced by CLA alum Drew Crowson (pictured above, on right, sitting with Dr. John Carvalho). We talked to Crowson to find out how the song came about, and how it caught on.
Crowson graduated in 2008 with a degree in public relations and currently works for East Alabama Youth for Christ. He also writes for www.collegeandmagnolia.com where he shares the lighthearted side of college sports. He writes parody songs and posts the lyrics on-line, but has never recorded any of the songs. That all changed when his wife urged him to record one of the songs he wrote in response to the recent success of the Auburn Tigers Men’s Basketball Team.
Crowson says the tune “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies is always stuck in his head because he sings it frequently to his one-year-old daughter, and because he heard it all the time during international soccer games while living in Germany. Crowson, who moved to Auburn about year ago with his family, had written a lengthy parody for the men’s basketball team to the song “What a Fool Believes” by the Doobie Brothers, but when he went to record it, he couldn’t get his voice high enough. He says that once he scrapped that song, he started singing “Chuma Okeke” in his head to the “Sugar, Sugar” tune and was quickly able to come up with a new song – “We’ve Got Jared.”
Crowson wrote, recorded, and posted “We’ve Got Jared” on the Saturday the Tigers beat Kansas.
“On Monday, I had about 50 – 60 listens, which is pretty typical for the stuff I post,” Crowson said.
Crowson doesn’t know who sent the song through DM on Fortnight to Danjel Purifoy, but he calls that person a hero because the team started sharing the song on their Instagram and Twitter accounts.
“It turned into this amazing thing. Someone had tipped me off that Chuma Okeke had put the song in his Instagram story, and I had nothing to do with the team finding out about it, but I’m just grateful they did because that’s what blew it up – because those guys put it on their Twitter and Instagram and that’s how it exploded.”
If you haven’t heard it, be warned, it will get stuck in your head (just ask the Tigers)
Here's the song (and video) ...
Last Updated: April 04, 2019