If you ever wondered out loud how many times Tennessee fans sing “Rocky Top” before they get sick of it, or thought that Oklahoma’s fight song, “Boomer Sooner,” reminded you of your time at Yale, you’ll like what’s coming. For the next several days, we’ll be writing up some of the our favorite fight songs, including a few you may not have heard, and we’ll kick it off with a few that encouraging teams to “Fight.”
First up is one of the most famous fight songs, Fight On, from the University of Southern California. It was composed in 1922 by USC dental student Milo Sweet, with lyrics by Sweet and Glen Grant as an entry in a Trojan Spirit contest. The song is now played at all USC athletic contests, and other school events. If you attend a USC football game and the band is there, it’s almost a guarantee you’ll leave with this song stuck-in-your-head. It’s short, catchy and repetitive and the band plays it all the time.
Fight On for ol’ SC
Our men Fight On to victory.
Our Alma Mater dear, looks up to you
Fight On and win for ol’ SC
Fight On to victory. Fight On!
Fight Raiders Fight
In the Northwest Texas Town of Lubbock, the Texas Tech University Red Raiders fans get to hear one of the catchiest fight songs that you may not have heard. “Fight Raiders Fight” was originally written for the Matadors, the original name of teams representing what was then the Texas Technological College. In 1936 Carroll McMath and James Nevins, members of the Goin Band, updated the song to reflect Red Raiders name.
Fight, Raiders, Fight! Fight, Raiders, Fight!
Fight for the school we love so dearly.
You’ll hit ’em high, you’ll hit ’em low.
You’ll push the ball across the goal,
Tech, Fight! Fight!
We’ll praise your name, boost you to fame.
Fight for the Scarlet and Black.
You will hit ’em, you will wreck ’em.
Hit ’em! Wreck ’em, Texas Tech!
And the Victory Bells will ring out!
Falcone Fight and MSU Fight Song
The last fight song of the day was originally written for Michigan Agricultural College, now known as Michigan State University, and it is titled simply MSU Fight Song. There are several versions of the song. In its entirity is known as “Falcone Fight” after its arranger and long-time Michigan State band director Leonard Falcone. A shorter version of the song is played dozens of times during football and basketball games, and it is another song that will be stuck in your head after a game in East Lansing.
On the banks of the Red Cedar,
There’s a school that’s known to all;
Its specialty is farming,
And those farmers play football; l
Aggie teams are never beaten,
All through the game they’ll fight;
Fight for the only colors:
Green and White.
Smash right through that line of blue ,
Watch the points keep growing.
Aggie teams are bound to win,
They’re fighting with a vim!
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Michigan is weakening,
We’re going to win this game.
Fight! Fight! Rah! Team, Fight!
Victory for M.A.C.!
The song has since been updated to reflect the change in team names from Aggies to Spartans, and no longer specifically targets the University of Michigan.