Wednesday, December 12, 2007

New Thing #262: Irishish

It seems that when a cartoon or a semi-serious comedy show wants to dip its toes into sports territory, the go to music either sounds a lot like, or just totally is, the Notre Dame fight song. The Victory March seems to be the benchmark for all University fight songs. It's collegiate, determined and upbeat. USC's downer of a fight song is the only one I can think of that doesn't fit that mold (the words, as sung when they played UCLA went, "this is the only song we know/it's boring and it's slow/ your mother can't say no/ and OJ killed Nicole...). My high school ripped off UCLA's cheery rally, and even LMU, despite never having had a football team, had a pretty snazzy one, too. But those are just ancestors of what may or may not actually be the first really great College Fight song. Tonight I learned the Norte Dame fight song because I think if you know the tune to a song, there's not reason to not know the lyrics. I don't have a video, because I don't. But here are those spirit-pumping lyrics:


Notre Dame
"Notre Dame Victory March"

Rally sons of Notre Dame
Sing her glory and sound her fame
Raise her Gold and Blue
And cheer with voices true:
Rah, rah, for Notre Dame
We will fight in every game,
Strong of heart and true to her name
We will ne'er forget her
And will cheer her ever
Loyal to Notre Dame.

Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Dame,
Wake up the echoes cheering her name,
Send a volley cheer on high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky!
What though the odds be great or small,
Old Notre Dame will win over all,
While her loyal sons are marching
Onward to victory!

9 comments:

Trillian said...

The Evergreen fight song is pretty great.

The Geoduck Fight Song

(words and music by Malcolm Stilson, 1971)

Go, Geoducks go,
Through the mud and the sand,
let's go.
Siphon high, squirt it out,
swivel all about,
let it all hang out.

Go, Geoducks go,
Stretch your necks when the tide
is low
Siphon high, squirt it out,
swivel all about,
let it all hang out.

My mom went to Evergreen. My college's mascot is the Sloth, we don't have a fight song what with being an art school and not having any sports (unless you include ping pong and pool).

Trillian said...

The college my mom went to, Evergreen, has a great fight song:

The Geoduck Fight Song

(words and music by Malcolm Stilson, 1971)

Go, Geoducks go,
Through the mud and the sand,
let's go.
Siphon high, squirt it out,
swivel all about,
let it all hang out.

Go, Geoducks go,
Stretch your necks when the tide
is low
Siphon high, squirt it out,
swivel all about,
let it all hang out.

My college, an art school, just has a mascot and no song (and no sports teams to sing for, even if we had one). We are the mighty mighty Sloths.

kikimaja said...

how do you know so much about the LA area schools?

Jenmac said...

kikimaja said...
how do you know so much about the LA area schools?
December 13, 2007 11:29 AM


I went to them!

Maddy said...

Weird! I've had the Rutgers Alma Mater in my head all day. Is that related at all? No, here's another thing that is not related the reason I have that song in my head is because I read the word Onandoga in the paper today - which is a word in the SYracuse Alma Mater. Also...

Fight on State
Fight on State
Strike your gate and win

Victory we predict for thee
We're ever true to you
Dear old White and Blue

Onward State
Onward State
Roar Lions roar

We'll hit the field
Roll up the score
Fight on the Victory evermore

Fight on on on on on
Fight On on Penn State!

Mr. Nordmann said...

I attended St. John's University in Minnesota where I played basketball. I sing it (if you could call it that) in the car every time I go past the Collegeville exit. Good times.

http://gojohnnies.com/St.%20John's.mp3

Fight, you Johnnies! Fight you Johnnies!

Stand and fight like men for old Saint John's.

Fight, you Johnnies! Fight you Johnnies!

You are Alma Mater's own true sons.

Show the world what SJU can do;

The fighting Johnnies spirit will win through.

Make the vict'ry greater for your dear old Alma Mater and the Cardinal and Blue.

Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! U-rah! Saint John's

Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! U-rah! Saint John's



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Mr. Nordmann said...

I went to St. John's University in Minnesota where I played basketball. I sing (if you call it that) the fight song each time I drive past the Collegeville exit. Good times.

http://gojohnnies.com/St.%20John's.mp3

Johnnie Fight Song
Fight, you Johnnies! Fight you Johnnies!

Stand and fight like men for old Saint John's.

Fight, you Johnnies! Fight you Johnnies!

You are Alma Mater's own true sons.

Show the world what S J U can do;

The fighting Johnnies spirit will win through.

Make the vict'ry greater for your dear old Alma Mater and the Cardinal and Blue.

Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! U-rah! Saint John's

Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! U-rah! Saint John's

Meg said...

I'm hurt! I'm a Purdue student AND I love your blog, but singing the Notre Dame fight song is awful! Hail Purdue is MUCH catchier (is that a word?)


Hail, hail to old Purdue!
All hail to our old gold and black!
Hail, hail to old Purdue!
Our friendship may she never lack,
Ever grateful ever true,
Thus we raise our song anew,
Of the days we've spent with you,
All hail our own Purdue.

There are other ironic verses about the Wabash (pronounced Walllll-bash) the winding pathways and the band.

Ironic because the Wabash has the reputation of a toxic dump, campus is HUGE so you spend the majority of your collegiate career hiking the 15-min walk in the 10-min you have in between classes they put on the far ends of campus, oh, and the band we love but honestly they're not the best which is why we have the World's Largest Drum!

MJC said...

Ah, the good ol' homeschooling fight song:

Stay the hell off our land/Or God'll shoot your balls off through my pappy's hand!/Gooooooooo crazy!!

ps. tnunquq