Sights & Sounds

Our fight songs*

S. GILMAN 1811 (words amended 1997)

A sample recording:

First Verse
Fair Harvard! we join in thy jubilant throng,
And with blessings surrender thee o'er
By these festival rites, from the age that is past,
To the age that is waiting before.
O Relic and type of our ancestors' worth,
That hast long kept their memory warm,
First flow'r of their wilderness! Star of their night!
Calm rising through change and through storm.
Second Verse
Farewell! be thy destinies onward and bright!
To thy children the lesson still give,
With freedom to think, and with patience to bear,
And for right ever bravely to live.
Let not moss-covered error moor thee at its side,
As the world on truth's current glides by,
Be the herald of light, and the bearer of love,
'Til the stock of the Puritans die.


First Verse
Fight fiercely, Harvard!
Fight, fight, fight!
Demonstrate to them our skill.
Albeit they possess the might,
Nonetheless we have the will.
How we shall celebrate our victory?
We shall invite the whole team
Up for tea! How jolly!
Hurl that spheroid down the field
And fight! Fight! Fight!
Second Verse
Fight fiercely, Harvard!
Fight, fight, fight!
Impress them with our prowess, do.
Oh, fellows, do not let the Crimson down;,
Be of stout heart, and true.
Fight for Harvard's glorious name!
Won't it be peachy if we
Win the game? Oh goody!
Let's try not to injure them,
But fight! Fight! Fight!


Then hit the line for Harvard,
For Harvard wins today!
We will show the sons of Eli
That the Crimson still holds sway.
Sweep down the field again,
Victory or die!
And we'll give the grand old cheer boys,
When the Harvard team goes by.


First Verse
O! Crimson eternal, steadfast and strong:
We will vanquish our Ivy foes.
We beat them before, we'll defeat them once more,
'Til Harvard's unopposed!
Second Verse
Ten thousand triumphant, peerless and proud:
Soldier on for the stakes are high.
So press on, Harvard, fight! fight! fight!
Our victory is nigh!

R. G. WILLIAMS '11 and S. B. STEEL '11

A sample recording:

With Crimson in triumph flashing
'Mid the strains of victory,
Poor Eli's hopes we are dashing
Into blue obscurity.
Resistless our team sweeps goalward
With the fury of the blast;
We'll fight for the name of Harvard
'Til the last white line is passed.
Harvard! Harvard! Harvard! (2x)


Onward Crimson, staunch defenders
Of the emblem we hold dear.
Marching dauntless through the gauntlets
While the Elis quake with fear!
Stay the course now, mighty Crimson,
For the glory and the pride!
Undefeated, foes retreated,
Harvard's vict'ry sanctified.


Hard luck for poor Eli,
Tough on the blue!
Now, all together,
Smash them and break them through.
'Gainst the line of Crimson,
They can't prevail.
Three cheers for Harvard!
And down with yale!
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Down with yale!


First Verse
Oh, Radcliffe, thy girls assemble,
We'll always give thee homage true;
We are thy daughters loyal
In all thou wouldst have us do (rah, rah, rah).
We swing our banners proudly!
We hoist our emblems to the skies!
We cheer our alma mater,
We cheer our college great and wise!
Second Verse
Oh, Radcliffe, our alma mater
We sing your glories to the sun
We are your grateful daughters
Our voices raised as one
You gave us joys and wisdom
To set our goals and values true
Radcliffe, our alma mater
We pledge our loyalty to you.

J. W. ADAMS '10 and J. S. REED '10

No hope for Eli,
Here's where we score!
Come twist the bulldog's tail;
We'll win once more,
For Harvard's back at New Haven;
Hark to their mournful wail.
It might be worse, boys, call up a hearse
For poor old yale!


O'er the stands of flaming Crimson
Harvard banners fly.
Cheer on cheer like volleyed thunder
Echo to the sky.
See the Crimson tide is turning,
Gaining more and more,
Then fight! fight! fight! for we win tonight
Old Harvard forevermore.


A sample recording:

First Verse
Illegitimum non carborundum;
Domine salvum fac.
Illegitimum non Carborundum;
Domine salvum fac.
Gaudeamus igitur!
Veritas non sequitur?
Illegitimum non carborundum -- ipso facto!
Fourth Verse
Ten thousand men of Harvard
Want vict'ry today,
For they know that o'er old Eli
Fair Harvard holds sway.
So then we'll conquer old Eli's men,
And when the game ends, we'll sing again:
Ten thousand men of Harvard gained vict'ry today!

R. G. MORSE 1896 and W. L. W. Field 1898

First Verse
Look where the Crimson banners fly!
Hark to the sound of tramping feet!
There is a host approaching nigh!
Harvard is marching up the street,
Onward to victory again,
Marching to drumbeat and to song;
Oh, hear the refrain as it thunders along,
As it thunders along.
Second Verse
Behold, they come in view,
Who wear the Crimson hue;
Whose arms are strong, whose hearts are true
Ever to Harvard, ever to Harvard.
Third Verse
Behold, they come in view,
Who wear the Crimson hue;
Whose arms are strong, whose hearts are true
Ever to Harvard, ever to Harvard.


We say hooray! Hooray! Hooray!
There's never an Eli can teach us to play!
Harvard! Harvard! Harvard!
See how the bleachers blue turn pale with fright;
Send a cheer across to bleach 'em nice and white!
Oh, look at the way we smash and rip 'em through
While the blue bulldog howls "Boo-la, boo-la, boo!"
Let out your voices now so loud and hale,
'Tis a fun'ral ode we sing to Eli yale.
Oh, give us a yell 'Hi! Hi!' for Harvard,
For the Crimson today!


First Verse
Wintergreen for President!
Ta ta-ta ta-ta ta-ta
Wintergreen for President!
Ta ta-ta ta-ta ta-ta
He's the man that people choose,
Loves the Irish and the Jews.
As the backs go tearing by ...
Second Verse
Wintergreen for President! (twice)
O'er the stands of flaming Crimson ...
Bulldog, bulldog, bow wow wow!
Third Verse
Wintergreen for President!
Hard luck for poor old Eli,
Tough on the blue!
Ta ta-ta ta-ta ta-ta (twice)
He's the one the people choose,
Loves the Irish and the Jews.
Fourth Verse
Goodnight, poor Harvard --
Goodnight, poor Harvard --
Wintergreen for President (four times)


A sample recording:

Yo ho! The good ship Harvard
Is goalward bound again;
All the crew are at the halyards,
Here's a hail for Johnny Harvard's men!
Bright Crimson at the forepeak
Rides high above the foam.
While we sweep through the deep blue,
Harvard strikes home!

Sample halftime shows

Brown 2007 - Drillmaster Matthew Fasman


ANN: Ladies and gentlemen, the Harvard University "Live from Soldier's Field, it's Saturday Night" Band!

(Band out to OD, bangs to H)

We're sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled studying plans, but we figured that holding the game after the libraries closed was the only way to make Harvard students leave their rooms and have some fun. Besides, you can still study here in the stadium; the lights are at least as bright as those in Lamont.

(Band plays 'Soldiers', off to 10,000.)


ANN: Ladies and gentlemen, the Harvard University "What can Brown do for you?" Band!

(Band runs out to IQ)

Some schools have always prided themselves on being forward-thinking and non-traditional. These colleges have abandoned required classes and also grades; now, casting off all pretense, they have gotten rid of learning itself.

(Band bangs to downward graph, which slowly unfurls during following.)

A recent US News and World Report study shows that Brown students actually know less when they graduate than when they arrived. Seriously. We'd explain the math, but they'd probably forget it anyway.

(Band plays 'Fortunate Son' and bangs to ABC)

Perhaps one cause of this negative learning is that students at these earth-toned ivies can major in anything, from "The Alphabet" to "Shapes and Colors." This year they will even be able to graduate - with honors - in the new field of "Team Spirit."

(Band bangs to UPS)

To encourage more students to attend games, Brown's athletic department has created Brown Nation, a rewards program for sporting events. Students earn points by attending games and wearing body paint. Five points get a hat, ten points get a T shirt, and 400 points get something they all hope for: a job.

(Band plays 'Don't Stop Believing' and bangs to Sun Symbol)

In response to Brown Nation, Harvard has decided to buy its own nation, spending some of its 35 billion dollars to purchase a small country just for itself.

(Band bangs to Moon Symbol)

In Harvard Nation, the streets are paved with gold, everyone owns an investment bank, and the sun is always shining - except when we turn it off for night games.

(Band plays 'Walking on Sunshine.' Off to 10,000.)

Lehigh 2000 - Drillmaster Danny Rhodes


ANN: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Harvard University "How big is your endowment?" Band!

March out to Our Director, then form the big H

ANN: The Band would like to welcome all students, faculty, alumni, and fans of Harvard football to today's game between the Harvard Crimson and Les Mountain Hawks de LeHigh. We invite everyone to please sing along as the band plays "Gridiron King."

Band plays Gridiron King

ANN: And now, please rise, as the band performs our national anthem, under the direction of our choice for the next president of Harvard, Student Conductor Kristoffer R. Gauksheim.

Band plays Star Spangled Banner. Off to Ten Thou.


ANN: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Harvard University "I'm super, and thanks for asking" Band!

Band runs out to ROCK

ANN: In the history of rock and roll, many bands come and go and fade away over the years. But among the forgotten masses, there are a few truly gifted performers who revolutionize the art. Today we honor one of those great bands. From their humble beginnings stemming from the friendship of two young men, they took the world by storm. They were received in America by millions of screaming fans, and they are still revered and loved today. Please put your hands together as the band performs our tribute to... (pregnant pause) The Village People!

Band plays Macho Man, as they bang from ROCK to HARD. The Band then bangs to MAN

ANN: But it was also their message of diversity and compassion that touched us and made us love them. Where else could one find a cowboy and a Native American, a biker and a cop, a construction worker and that other guy, joined together in songs of love for their fellow man? They also inspired a sense of national pride and community. They filled us up with patriotism coupled with their signature feel-good disco beats.

Band plays In the Navy, while they bang from MAN to LOVE. The Band then bangs to AT THE

ANN: It has been over 20 years since the Village People took the world by storm. Although many of their later recordings like "Fox on the Box," "Just a Gigolo," and "Action Man" are not very well-known, they still entertain fans all over the world with their classic hits. But before we end our rockumentary, we invite everyone to get up and sing and dance along as we play one more tune. You know how this one goes.

Band plays YMCA, as they bang from AT THE to YMCA. Off to Ten Thou.

Princeton 1987 - Drillmaster I. Jones


Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Harvard University Band!

(Band marches on the field to "Our Director" forms H)

Announcer: The Band welcomes alumni and students and invites you all to join us in singing "Yo-Ho."

(Band plays "Yo-Ho.")

Announcer: Please stand as the Band, under the direction of professor Thomas G. Everett, performs our National Anthem.

(Band plays "Star Spangled Banner," off to Ten Thou)


Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Harvard University Scholastic Aptitude Band!

(Band marches out to "Harvardiana," forms SAT during verse. BANG to VIP

Announcer: You will have six minutes to complete the Harvard Band's S.A.T. Princeton students, please be sure to fill in each oval completely with a number two school. The first section of the test is analogies. For example, Harvard is to Princeton as:
A) Massachusetts is to New Jersey;
B) Harmony with nature is to toxic waste;
C) Camembert is to Cheese Wiz;
or D) John Fitzgerald Kennedy is to Brooke Shields.

(BANG from VIP to DIP)

(Band plays "Fame." BANG from DIP to VW symbol)

Announcer: Part two of the Harvard Band's S.A.T. is problem solving. Consider this example: A Princeton graduate leaves Teaneck New Jersey heading Northeast at a velocity of 34.5 Miles Per Hour. Two hours later, a Harvard graduate leaves Beacon Hill travelling at a speed of 96 miles per hour. If the Princeton graduate is driving a Volkswagon, what kind of car is the Harvard graduate driving?

(BANG from VW symbol to Mercedes symbol)

(Band plays "Satisfaction." Off to Ten Thou...)

UMass 1976 - Drillmaster R. Minard


ANN: Ladies and Gentlemen: presenting a revival of that love story for all ages, "Desire Under the Elms," the Harvard University Hoary Old Chestnut Band!

(Band out to Harvardiana. Bang to ARBOR.)

ANN: What can you say about a 27 year old tree that died? That it had nice roots? That it burned well without much smoke? I'm stumped - I still can't believe that Hazel is dead. I first cedar one day in the woods. She was standing there on the mountain cliff with her white skin shinging in the sun. I fell in love at first sight.

(Band plays "Theme from Love Story". Bang to WOOD.)

ANN: Oh, I knew it was Knotty to pine after a tree, no matter how poplar it was. Hazel even told me I was too young for trees - that I still belonged in the Ivy league. But we had so much in common; we both loved the paintings of Rembranch and the music of J.S. Bark and Woody Herman. I proposed one night to the tune of Woodchopper's Ball.

("Woodchopper's Ball". WOOD to WOO. Bang to TREE SHAPE.)

ANN: We were married, and then honeymooned in Palm Beach. Then - I was such an ash - I axed Hazel to leaf her mountain top and come live with me in the city while I went to Log School. That was the start of a terrible fall.

("Autumn Leaves." Clarinets (the leaves) blow off the branches. Bang to TAP.)

ANN: How could I have known that some crazed boy scout from Dartmouth would think Hazel was a sugar maple? (Bang to SAP.) She died a few weeks later from hepablightis. Well, I've been a willower ever since, and even though I spend weeks each year climbing through mountains and ravines, I have yet to find another tree as lovely as Hazel, my first cliffy Birch.

"Try to Remember." SAP marches to SAD. Then slowly off the field.

Dartmouth 1972 - Drillmaster S. Seicol


ANN: Ladies and Gentlemen, the HU Bienniel Biodegradable Band!

(First measure of H's from sidelines, then stop; bang to Paramecium.)

ANN: This afternoon the Band once again interrupts its normal halftime routine to take a look at life among the lower classes. Join with us as we peer into this often overlooked culture and discover the drama of an old fashioned love story, entitled "The Age of Protists."

(By now half the Band is a paramecium on the right side of the field.)

ANN: Here we see Peter the Young Paramecium.

(Peter plays the theme from "Peter and the Wolf.")

ANN: Poor Peter was lonely and neglected. He passed the time by sitting in his petri dish and flagellating. Rarely did he venture from his cell. His whole life seemed to be a vacuole.

(Play "I've Got Plenty of Nothing." Bang - AMY forms on the left side.)

ANN: One day, as Peter sat contemplating his oral groove, into his dish happened Amy the Amoeba.

(Amy plays "Once In Love with Amy.")

ANN: She was a lovely creature with round curving pseudopodia.

(Wolf whistle from Peter.)

ANN: For Peter..... (Play Peter's Theme)
ANN: And Amy..... (Play Amy's Theme)

ANN: It was a glorious moment when they met.

(Drift together on "Zarathustra" and touch on climax in music. Bang to Star and Cross.)

ANN: When they first touched, they felt cilia, there among the other phagocytes. For their love could never be - they were of two different cultures.

("Havah Nagillah" once through then "Onward, Christian Soldiers." They join in form two more times.)

ANN: It was true that they were star crossed lovers.

(Diffuse back to Amy and Peter.)

ANN: So it was that when Peter asked Amy to conjugate, all she could do was decline.

(Trombones glissando from an F down.)

ANN: Suddenly Peter observed that his culture was basic and Amy's was acidic.

(Peter: "Aha!")

ANN: Proper pH would change the whole complexion of their relationship. This was the answer.

(Whole Band plays "Hallelujah Chorus.")

ANN: And so they escaped to another petri dish where Peter allowed himself to be slightly debased, and indeed they had settled on the perfect solution.

(Come together and form a giant blob.)

ANN: From that day on, Peter... (Play Peter's Theme) and Amy... (Play Amy's Theme) lived happily ever after and continued to have organism after organism.

(Play a final chord while small blobs shoot from the large one.)

Princeton 1961 - Drillmaster M. Marmor


As the Band comes on, ANN: "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Harvard University Band."

The Band spells out towards Princeton: HI then CATS. Then the Band jumps to a Princeton semicircle.

ANN: "The Princeton Medley."

Band jumps to a big H facing Harvard.

ANN: "Ladies and Gentlemen, our National Anthem."


As the Band comes on from the side of the stadium, and before it reaches center:

ANN: "Ladies and Gentlemen, the dapper Harvard University Band." takes hats off to Princeton.

The Band marches into the center of the field and then down towards the Harvard sidelines. As soon as it finishes playing:

ANN: "As a consequence of the recent Soviet atomic explosions, the United States is expected to resume atmospheric nuclear testing. Defense contractors are overjoyed."

The Band expands into a large mushroom cloud, and plays Happy Days are Here Again. As soon as the gun fires for the next formation,

ANN: "These recent tests have caused great concern about the fallout of Strontium 90 fallout."

The Band has now formed into Sr-90, and plays "I've Got You Under My Skin." As soon as the gun goes off for the next formation,

ANN: "Unfortunately, in the event of an atomic war, most people won't have to worry about fallout."

Band is now in R.I.P. and it plays "When the Saints Go Marching In." After the piece, the Band jumps to a Harvard semicircle, and as soon as it is formed,

ANN: "Although Princeton might be destroyed in a war, there will always remain..."

At this cue, the Band goes right into "10,000 Men of Harvard." As soon as it finishes,

ANN: "The Band salutes Harvard fans all around the stadium with Yo-Ho and Soldier's Field."

The Band swings the semicircle around to face the closed end, and plays Yo-Ho; then the semicircle swings to the Princeton side, and plays Soldier's Field. The gun fires for the Band to go off, and the semicircle continues going in an arc, becomes a yelling circle and closes in on the gallant Drum Major and Drillmaster who make a last stand in the center. As the smoke clears and the Band runs off, the two brave soldiers are left dying in the field. The Prop Crew carries off the corpses to end the drill.

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You can also get a list of college fight songs at Wikipedia.