Fight Songs and Chants

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The Georgia Institue of Technology has a vast variety of rich traditions. Among these traditions are the various fight songs and chants that Georgia Tech students sing at athletic games. Some of the songs include "The Ramblin' Wreck," "Up With the White and Gold," and "When You Say Budweiser" (often referred to merely as "Bud"). Many of the songs have been passed down year to year. Interestingly enough, many of the songs are fairly inappropriate and often include references to alcohol. Some of the songs and chants are often used at sporting events.

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The Ramblin' Wreck

The Ramblin' Wreck

"The Ramblin' Wreck" is one of the official school fight songs. The term "Ramblin' Wreck" was coined in the first two years following Tech's opening in 1885 after the baseball team defeated Georgia. By the 1900's, the term had already become a tradition and was often used to describe Georgia Tech students. The original music for the song dates back to an old drinking song known as "The Sons of the Gamboliers." [1] The words to Rambin' Wreck, shown below, were first published in a Blueprint in the early 1900s. [2] In 1910, Michael A. Greenblatt, wrote the lyrics to the famous song and made the first arrangements for the song.[3]

Lyrics

I'm a Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer,
A helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva, hell of an engineer,
Like all the jolly good fellows, I drink my whiskey clear,
I'm a Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer.
Oh, if I had a daughter, sir, I'd dress her in White and Gold,
And put her on the campus, to cheer the brave and bold.
But if I had a son, sir, I'll tell you what he'd do.
He would yell, "To Hell with Georgia," like his daddy used to do.
Oh, I wish I had a barrel of rum and sugar three thousand pounds,
A college bell to put it in and a clapper to stir it around.
I'd drink to all good fellows who come from far and near.
I'm a ramblin', gamblin', hell of an engineer. [1]

Additional Lyrics

After the Ramblin' Wreck has been sung, it is sometimes customary to sing the following lines:

Go Jackets!
Go Jackets!
Go Jackets!
Fight, Win, Drink, Get naked!

These lines are not officially part of the song; however, the lines are often added to the end of the Ramblin' Wreck during foot ball games and other sporting events. The Georgia Tech drumline has a cadence that is tagged onto the end of Ramblin' Wreak that includes these words (though "Drink, Get Naked!" are not officially supported).

Transformation of the Lyrics

In recent years the lyrics to "Ramblin Wreck" have changed as students have adjusted the words to better reflect the school. None of the changes are major with the exception of one. Students often change the line "And put her on the campus, to cheer the brave and bold" to "And put her on the campus, to RAISE THE RATIO." [4] This change highlights the ratio of men to women on Georgia Tech's campus. The 2010 freshman class has the largest percentage of women in the history of Georgia Tech at 36% women, 64% men. [5]

Up With the White and Gold

Before Georgia Tech had an official football team, a group of Tech students attended an Auburn, Georgia game. Due to the hatred between Georgia Tech and Georgia, the Tech students at the game cheered for Auburn. The group of Georgia Tech students all decided to wear gold and white, making this game the first example of Tech students supporting the current school colors.[6]

In 1893, a group of young women from the Lucy Cobb Institute for Girls dressed in white and gold when they attended the first Georgia Tech, Georgia football game. These women were among the first to show school spirit by wearing the school's colors.[7]

Lyrics

Georgia Tech Football Game
So then it's up with the White and Gold
Down with the Red and the Black
Georgia Tech is out for a victory
We'll drop our battle axe on Georgia's head, CHOP!
When we meet her our team will surely beat her
Down on old Georgia's farm there'll be no sound
When our bow wows rip through the air
When the battle is over Georgia's team will be found
With the Yellow Jackets swarming around.

Budweiser Song

At the end of every third quarter of every home football game, the Georgia Tech band plays the Budweiser song tune. The song was originally an advertising jingle produced by Anheuser-Busch for their leading beer branded Budweiser. The jingle was written by Steve Karmen in 1970.[8]It was adapted later that year by the Georgia Tech band to honor the head coach Bud Carson. The tradition has been maintained throughout the years. During the playing of the Budweiser song, the fans at the game bend their knees and bob along to the song. Interestingly enough the words to the Budweiser song, before it became the Budweiser song, referenced Buzz. Instead of singing:"When you say Bud...weiser, you've said it all!" The lyrics used to be "When you say Buzz...wiser, you've said it all!" So like many of the Georgia Tech songs, the Budweiser song changed in order to reference alcohol.

Lyrics

The lyrics to the verses of the song are not sung by fans at Georgia Tech, but are sometime substituted by singing "Beer beer beer beer, beer beer beer beer" throughout the verses. Everyone then comes in at the pre-chorus with:

Go Georgia Tech!
Go Georgia Tech!
Go Georgia Tech!
Go Georgia Tech!
When you say Bud...weiser, you've said it all!

Alma Mater

Lyrics

Oh, sons of Tech, arise, behold!

The banner as it reigns supreme,

For from on high the White and Gold

Waves in its triumphant gleam.

The spirit of the cheering throng

Resounds with joy revealing

A brotherhood in praise and song,

In memory of the days gone by.

Oh, Scion of the Southland!

In our hearts you shall forever fly.


We cherish thoughts so dear for thee,

Oh, Alma Mater, in our prayer.

We plead for you in victory,

And in the victory we share!

But when the battle seems in vain

Our spirits never falter,

We're ever one in joy or pain,

And our union is a lasting bond.

Oh! May we be united.

Till the victory of life is won. [9]


Differential "X"

Differential "X" is not very popular among students at Georgia Tech. However, it does celebrate Georgia Tech's notoriety of having excellent academic opportunities, especially in the areas of math and science. Georgia Tech is known around the world for being one of the best colleges for engineering and this song highlights that through its use of calculus problems.

Lyrics

Differential "X"!,

Differential "Y"!

"A" square, "B" square

Integral of pi!

Engineers touchdown!

Engineers yell!

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets!

Fight like hell! [10]

'Clempson' is a Redneck School

This song also celebrates our rivalry with Clemson. Like many of the songs that are about Georgia Tech's rivals, the song besmirches the school's reputation by saying that it is a school for Rednecks. This song is obviously particularly popular only when there is some type of sporting event against Clemson. The word 'Clempson' comes from the students of Clemson themselves. Often times when the students of Clemson say Clemson the pronounce it like 'Clempson' by adding a "p" to the word. Although their pronunciation is unintentional, the student of Georgia Tech still like to make fun of the fact that the are not saying the name of their own school correctly.[11]

Lyrics

(to the tune of Doo Dah)

Clempson is a redneck school

Doo-dah, doo-dah,

Clempson is a redneck school

Oh de-doo-dah day.


Gonna moo all night,

Gonna moo all day,


Clempson is a redneck school

Oh de-doo dah day.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 GEORGIA TECH TRADITIONS, http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/trads/geot-trads.html
  2. The Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech, http://gtalumni.org/Publications/magazine/win92/wreck.html
  3. GEORGIA TECH TRADITIONS, http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/trads/geot-trads.html
  4. http://en.wikivisual.com/index.php/Ramblin'_Wreck_from_Georgia_Tech
  5. http://www.irp.gatech.edu/apps/Enrollment/gender.cfm
  6. GEORGIA TECH TRADITIONS, http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/trads/geot-trads.html
  7. GEORGIA TECH TRADITIONS, http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/trads/geot-trads.html
  8. GEORGIA TECH TRADITIONS, http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/trads/geot-trads.html
  9. Cheers and songs, http://cyberbuzz.gatech.edu/tbook/older/traditions/cheers.html
  10. Cheers and songs,http://cyberbuzz.gatech.edu/tbook/older/traditions/cheers.html
  11. cheers and songs, http://cyberbuzz.gatech.edu/tbook/older/traditions/cheers.html
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