History of the Fight Songs

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Throughout history, Georgia Tech has developed several fight songs and various cheers, some of which are well known while others are not. "Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech," "White and Gold," and the "Alma Mater" remain the most widely known songs at Georgia Tech, while the composers and lyricists, the history of the songs, and other cheers remain unknown.


Fight Songs

Alma Mater

"The Alma Mater' was written by I. Granath and was arranged by Frank Roman [1]

White and Gold

"White and Gold" was also arranged by Frank Roman and the lyricists were "Doc" Robinson, "Clyde" Jordan and "Muck" Werner. Many people do not realize that this fight song does in fact have two verses. The lyrics as of 1929 did not contain the rendition with the battle axe being dropped on Georgia's head, or Georgia's team being surrounded by the swarm of yellow jackets. Instead, these lyrics were replaced with "her" or "the team" and there were what seemed to be omitted words out of the verses as well.

Verse 1

"Just one big yell for White and Gold

And then we'll raise the banner bold

A battle flag that can't be beat

For team it means defeat

We'll fight like H for victory

Pull down the __ and __ you see

For Georgia Tech will win today

We are all glad to say"


"Oh well it's up with the white and gold

Down with the red and black

Georgia Tech is out for the victory

We'll drop the battle axe on her head

When we meet her our team is sure to beat her

Down on the old farm there'll be no sound

Till our bow wows rip thru' the air

When the battle is over the team will be found

With the Yellow Jackets swarming 'round"

Verse 2

"Fight for we're with you, heart and hand

The Yellow Jacket's stinging band

Raise high the banner, Gold and White

She'll wave alone before tonight

The __ and __ will never fly

So pull it down it's up too high

We'll win today a dead sure thing

And all good fellows to sing" [2]

Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech

Rambling Wreck From Georgia Tech sheet music [3]

There were many letters back and forth between individuals to determine the copyright status of "Ramblin' Wreck." The first letter was sent from JR Anthony to a Mr. Howell. Anthony stated that he had discussed things with WJ Roman, who was the son of the man who wrote "Ramblin' Wreck", Frank Roman. The younger Roman thought his step-mother had sold the copyright to the song in 1931 to Melrose Music Company. However, Dean George Griffin was under the impression that the song was not written by him, simply the arrangement of his that had been used was adopted from an english song, and that Roman's step-mother did not have the rights to sell the copyright. Anthony also stated that the words to this fight song were written by the Tech students in 1893. Another letter was written on October 31, 1951 to Roane Beard from Edward Taylor Newton. Newton discussed with Roane about the extensive search that had been conducted in order to gain information pertaining to the copyright status of "Ramblin' Wreck". During this search, it had been found that there was a copyright registration number granted to Melrose Bros. Music Company on January 10, 1931 for the title "Ramblin' Wreck" from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The words and music were recorded as being done by Frank Roman, but the one who owned the claim was Melrose Music Company. Another copyright record was found, dated May 21, 1947 also to Melrose Music Company for the arrangement, piano, and conductor score by Paul Yoder for "Ramblin' Wreck". Newton also commented that there was some concern as to who had actually written the lyrics and the music. If Frank Roman was the one who did both, the copyright could potentially be moved back to Georgia Tech. Another letter was written to Paul LaValle, the Band Master for Band of America (BOA) from Mike Greenblatt on December 19, 1952. Greenblatt state that he had originally composed the song in 1911 as well as directed the first Georgia Tech band, and that the directors after him were revamping the existing version of "Ramblin' Wreck". He noted how the new versions of the fight song had upset the Alumni Association, who want the original version played. Greenblatt asked for LaValle's help in writing a band arrangement that will suit everyone's tastes and can be used for the band program (this was important because Georgia Tech had a good football team at the time). Also, in 1953, Greenblatt had signed over the right, title, and all of his interest in "Ramblin' Wreck" to Georgia Tech. [4]

Also, from the time the song was written to at least the late 1920s, the final line of lyrics were not "I'm a ramblin', gamblin', hell of an engineer," but instead were simply, "I'm a ramblin' wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer." [5]

Other songs

Georgia Tech March and Georgia Tech March and Two-Step

The "Georgia Tech March for the Pianoforte, Op. 110" was arranged by Chas Astin in 1900-1901. This was simply a musical piece, no lyrics, to be performed by a pianist. This piece begins with and allegro vivace tempo (quick and lively), turns into a march tempo for the main duration of the piece and transforms into a small trio piece at the end.[6]

The "Georgia Tech March" and Two-Step was arranged in 1905 by Frances Brownie and Winnifred Husin. This piece was dedicated to the Yellow Jackets of 1905 and also contained lyrics.

"Hi-u kerri-kus

There's nothing like us

We are the boys that play 'foot ball'

Ne'er were defeated

'Scept when we're cheated

Then by no team at all

Hurrah! Hurrah!" [7]

My Yellow Jacket Girl

There are two different versions of "My Yellow Jacket Girl", both of which are done by a different arranger and lyricist. The first was arranged in 1913, with the words by Harold Atteridge and the music by Jean Schwartz. This piece was introduced in the "Great Winter Garden" Production.

Verse 1

"Jim Johnson Gray saw a Chinese play, he thought the spooning devine

He had to say, "That's some loving way, that's honey-mooning for mine."

I'll talk to Sue like those chopsticks do. She'll hear me crooning so fine

With a chunk or so of some punk a-glow and a mandolin like a mandarin

Then he sighed for her, then he cried for her like a Chink."


"My almond eyes (you little heavenly Miss)

My sunlit skies (you little daughter of bliss)

You bunch of violets so rare, you breath of summer air

You sweet Geranium fair, I love you more than tea, dear

Those rose bud lips (I'll start laundry for you)

Those honey sips (I'd eat chop suey, dear, too)

I'd act like Ching-a-ling Fou, I'll make a lady of you

If you'll be my yellow jacket girl"

Verse 2

"Jim's lady love from her flat above, heard all this singing so queer

She didn't know who was down below, she thought 'twas Chinese New Year

She saw the gink, and she said "Say Chink" come take the laundry from here

When he tried to say "It's my loving way" then the feather bed landed on his head

And the laundry fell when he tried to tell her of his love" [8]

The other version of "My Yellow Jacket Girl" was arranged by Nick Chotas while the words were done by Daisy Chotas around 1929.

Verse 1

"What a girl! She's got my brain a whirl

As a jacket booster she's a wow

She's some queen, a type you've never seen

Where the gang shall be she's sure to follow it around"


"I love you my yellow jacket girl

You're always boosting our own white and gold.

You thrill us, my yellow jacket girl

When yelling "Fight for Tech" with all your heart and soul

We're the "rambling wrecks" from Georgia Tech

Victorious we're bound to be for luck and you are with us

Hail, then my yellow jacket girl, Our inspiration you'll always be"

Verse 2

"What a jane! At every football game

(You) bet she knows just how to cheer the boys

Up she stands, clapping her little hands

Ev'ry touch-down brings a shout

Come boys, let's holler out" [9]

Yellow Jacket Gal

"Yellow Jacket Gal" was written and arranged by Iver Granath, the same man that wrote the lyrics for "White and Gold." "Yellow Jacket Gal" is also not to be confused with either version of "My Yellow Jacket Girl."


"I'm a lonely guy, but I'll get by

For now I know it's true

That a vision fair dispels despair

As she strolls down the avenue"


"She's got a golden smile that beams a mile

She's a Yellow Jacket Gal

And with a heart so white, so true, so light

What a Yellow Jacket Gal!

She's at the beck of Georgia Tech

When the fellows need a pal

A dream to view, a sweetheart, too,

And a Yellow Jacket Gal" [10]


There are a few cheers that the fans of Georgia Tech may not know due to not being as widely used.

"In The Good Old Foot Ball Time"

This cheer is sung to the tune of "In the Good Old Summertime", and was arranged around 1906.

"In the good old foot ball time

In the good old foot ball time

See the Tech boys hit the line

Gaining every time

Down the field Clark takes the ball

And that's a very good sign

That there'll soon be a touch down

In the good old foot ball time"[11]

"Didn't Tech Ramble"

This cheer was also arranged around 1906, and is to the tune "Ramble."

"Oh, didn't Tech Ramble

Didn't they Ramble

They rambled through the line

Keeping the ball each time

They rambled, oh, didn't they ramble

They rambled through old Carolina's line" [12]

Georgia Tech Victory March

The "Georgia Tech Victory March" was published and arranged by Jimmy Beers in 1933 and the words were written by Ernest Rogers.

"Fight! for Georgia Tech

We hold a loft the Gold and White

Fight! for Georgia Tech

And we will win by might and right

Fight! you loyal sons

And we will hold our foes in check

We'll not retreat no meet defeat

But win a victory for Tech" [13]

"Tech Yells"

"Tech yells" were something from the Vocal Culture Department. It was said that an individual should learn all of the yells because practicing them will yield vocal culture. There were ten yells, all written around 1906.

1) "Ke mo ki, Madero i, ma hi ma ho

Ma rum sticker, bum sticker
Zic zack, zic zack
Polly won't you zic zack, zic zack?
Polly won't you ki me?
Ah! rah! rah! rah!
Tech of Georgia"

2) "Ve vi, ve vo, ve vi, vo vum!

Johnny get a rat trap, bigger than a cat trap
Bum! Bum! Hannibal! Cannibal! Sis! Boom! Bah!
Tech of Georgia! Rah! rah! rah!"

3) "We are happy, when we yell, T-e-c-h-n-o-l---o----g------y"

4) "Bow wow, ki, yi, hot cold, wet dry, get there, Ely, Tech!"

5) "High call, ginricka, ha! ha! ha!

Ga Tech! Ga Tech! Rah! rah! rah!"

6) "Hip skiddy, Hicky ricky, Ha! ha! ha!

Ga Tech! Ga Tech! Rah! rah! rah!"

7) "Whoop la rah. Whoop la ree

Walk up chalk up, Up-i-dee
Razzle dazzle, siss boom bah! G. S. T"

8) "Tech et a reck, te reck, te reck!

Tech et a reck, te reck, te reck!
Boom rah! Boom rah! Georgia Tech!"

9) "Hi ya, Hi ya, hi ya!

Ki ya, ki ya, ki ya!
Oolong a hong, hoc we hya
Moc a di, hi ki, oolong a tee
We are the Techs of the G. S. T."

10)"Hm (nasal) ya-ya

Hm--ya---ya (the last one is long and drawn out. Used for derision)"



  1. "The Alma Mater". Inventory of the Georgia Tech Songs Collection 1900-1953. Box 1 Folder 1. Retrieved on November 22, 2010.
  2. "Up With the White and Gold". Inventory of the Georgia Tech Songs Collection 1900-1953. Box 1 Folder 17. Retrieved on November 22, 2010.
  3. File:Rambling Wreck Sheet Music (29 November 2010). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 29 November 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rambling_Wreck_Sheet_Music.jpg
  4. "Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech". Inventory of the Georgia Tech Songs Collection 1900-1953. Box 1 Folder 5. Retrieved on November 22, 2010.
  5. "Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech". Inventory of the Georgia Tech Songs Collection 1900-1953. Box 1 Folder 10. Retrieved on November 22, 2010.
  6. "Georgia Tech March". Inventory of the Georgia Tech Songs Collection 1900-1953. Box 1 Folder 6. Retrieved on November 22, 2010.
  7. "Georgia Tech March and Two-Steo\p". Inventory of the Georgia Tech Songs Collection 1900-1953. Box 1 Folder 7. Retrieved on November 22, 2010.
  8. "My Yellow Jacket Girl". Inventory of the Georgia Tech Songs Collection 1900-1953. Box 1 Folder 8. Retrieved on November 22, 2010.
  9. "My Yellow Jacket Girl". Inventory of the Georgia Tech Songs Collection 1900-1953. Box 1 Folder 20. Retrieved on November 22, 2010.
  10. "Yellow Jacket Gal". Inventory of the Georgia Tech Songs Collection 1900-1953. Box 1 Folder 19. Retrieved on November 22, 2010.
  11. "In the Good Old Foot Ball Time". Inventory of the Georgia Tech Songs Collection 1900-1953. Box 1 Folder 15. Retrieved on November 22, 2010.
  12. "Didn't Tech Ramble". Inventory of the Georgia Tech Songs Collection 1900-1953. Box 1 Folder 15. Retrieved on November 22, 2010.
  13. "Georgia Tech Victory March". Inventory of the Georgia Tech Songs Collection 1900-1953. Box 1. Retrieved on November 22, 2010.
  14. "Tech Yells". Inventory of the Georgia Tech Songs Collection 1900-1953. Box 1 Folder 15. Retrieved on November 22, 2010.
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