There is a point to college fight songs. They get people excited for the big game, they create a sense of togetherness, and they attempt to intimidate the other team. Fans sing them in a loud and boisterous way; they are sung in school halls, in the car on the way to the game, and of course, in the grandstands.

Here is a list of interesting fight songs, but before you get angry with me for making fun of your school, remember that my alma mater is the University of Utah, and the first two lines of our “Utah Man” fight song are: “I am a Utah man, sir, and I live across the green. Our gang, it is the jolliest that you have ever seen.” Don’t you feel intimidated?

There are other songs like Utah’s that fall a bit short of intimidation, like the University of Wyoming’s: “He always sings Raggy music to the cattle as he swings back and forward in the saddle, on a horse – a pretty good horse! He’s got a syncopated gaiter, and you ought to hear the meter to the roar of his repeater; how they run – yes run! – when they hear him ‘a-comin’, cause the western folks all know, he’s a high-falootin’, rootin, tootin’, son of a gun from ol’ Wyoming, Ragtime Cowboy Talk about your Cowboy, Ragtime Cowboy Joe.” and Appalachian State’s: “Hi-Hi-y-ike-us Nobody like us, We are the mountaineers, mountaineers, mountaineers, Always a-winning, Always a-grinning, Always a-feeling fine You bet, hey!”

While University of Wyoming students are trying to say “syncopated” and Appalachian State students are “a-feeling fine,” you might be asking yourself what the word “Hi-Hi-y-ike-us” means, but you haven’t seen anything yet.

Tell me if you know what any of these noises mean: From Texas A&M comes the famous “Chigaroogarem, Chigaroogarem,” while Bowling Green makes its fans say: “Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Zoomba Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Ze Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Zoomba Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Zi”

University of Illinois students apparently get a little tongue-tied when trying to rhyme words with “Illinois,” so instead they shortened their state name to “Illini” and added a few other interesting noises: “Che-he! Che-ha! Che-ha-ha-ha! Go Illini go! Che-he! Che-ha! Che-ha-ha-ha! Go Illini go!”

And then come the downright weird noises that take a strong understanding of phonics before you can pronounce them.

From the University of Pittsburgh comes: “Give her a grand old ALLEGENEE GENAC GENAC GENAC” while Roanoke College students sound a bit like donkeys: “RAY RAY BRACTY ACK ACK ACK” and St. Olaf’s fans sound very unsure of themselves: “Um Ya Ya, Um Ya Ya Um Ya Ya, Um Ya Ya Um Ya Ya, Um Ya Ya Um Ya Ya Ya Um Ya Ya, Um Ya Ya Um Ya Ya, Um Ya Ya Um Ya Ya, Um Ya Ya Um Ya Ya Ya.”

And what about the fight songs that are so grandiose that they make you wonder whether they’re playing sports or quoting Shakespeare, like Boston College’s song: “For Boston, for Boston, We sing our proud refrain! For Boston, for Boston, ‘Tis Wisdon’s earthly fane For here we are one and our hearts are true, And the towers on the Heights reach to Heav’n’s own blue. For Boston, for Boston, Till the echoes ring again.” and Fordham University’s song: “Hail! men of Fordham, hail! on to the fray! Once more our foes assail in strong array. Once more the old Maroon, waves on high We’ll sing our battle song. We do or die.”

And while they quote Shakespeare, Purdue University sings hymns: “To Your Call Once More We Rally; Alma Mater Hear Our Praise; Where The Wabash Spreads Its Valley; Filled With Joy Our Voices Raise. From The Skies In Swelling Echoes Come The Cheers That Tell The Tale Of Your Vict’ries And Your Heroes, Hail Purdue! We Sing All Hail!”

Hope you enjoyed it! I’ll sign out with a rowdy “Ride ’em Cowboys, E-E-E-E-YAH!” from Oklahoma State University.

About the author

Cara Wieser has a Master’s degree in journalism and communication. She has taught many university classes and has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines and online publications, as well as read on the radio. She enjoys riding her horses and curling up to a fire with a good book (who doesn’t enjoy this!).

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4 comments on “College Fight Songs: The Good, the Bad, and the Just Plain Weird

  • Ha! This is great. I went to Northern California’s Chico State, one of America’s top party schools. I was too busy drinking to realize we even had a fight song… but I’ve since learned what it was:

    Chico State… Whassup, man?! WOOOO!
    We’re the Wildcats, baby!
    I love you, man….

  • Its a pity I dont know any from here in Australia, Im certain they’d be just as bizarre. Iam most intimidated by St Olafs “Umm, Ya Ya”, that would drive me insane! LOL

  • Hail to Chico State
    She’s our dear old alma mater
    Where our teams so great
    lead us on to victory
    Rah Rah Rah
    Where our men are square (WTF?)
    and our fair coeds are fairer
    Come let us give a cheer
    for dear old Chico State

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