The University of Chicago Fight Song

And Some Cheers

Thanks to John A. and Stephanie G. These are published NOWHERE ELSE on the web.
Also see: University of Chicago Alma Mater
More Chicago Yells, ca. 1929 (see at end)

NEW: The Physical Constant Cheer, 2005

WAVE THE FLAG

Wave the flag of old Chicago,
Maroon the color grand.
Ever shall her team be victors
Known throughout the land.
With the grand old man to lead them,
Without a peer they'll stand.
Wave again the dear old banner,
For they're heroes ev'ry man.

CHICAGO CHEER

C-H . . . Chicago!
C-H . . . Chicago!
C-H . . . Chicago!
What is C H for?
METHANE!

PHYSICAL CONSTANT CHEER

Gimme the speed of light ......C
Gimme Planck's constant.........H
Gimme root negative one..........I
Gimme carbon......................C
Gimme the Bohr radius..............A
Gimme the gravitational constant....G
Gimme the additive identity of a non-trivial group...O
What's that spell? ...............CHICAGO!

(if you said CHICAG0, you are a true Maroon)


Cheers from the Archives, ca. 1936

C STANDS FOR CHERISHED COURAGE

C stands for cherished courage,
H for her honor high,
I for her iron-bound interest,
C for her college cry, CHI-CA-GO,
A for her aim so ardent,
G for her gallantry,
O stands for Old Man, the best coach in this land, the big "C" for victory. (see full version if you like)

CHICAGO LOYALTY

Chicago we're true to you
Our Alma Mater ever dear
Chicago we're true to you
That we are loyal never fear,
       (Rah, Rah, Rah)
Chicago we're true to you,
We greet you now with cheer and song,
With deeds of worth and tested courage strong,
Chicago we're true to you.

WE ARE CHICAGO

We are Chicago!
We all are ready for the fray.
Cheer! Cheer! Chicago!
For our old line shall not give way.

Fight! Fight! Chicago!
Our team has got to win today.

Three cheers--rah! rah! rah!
Chicago, Our Own Chicago.

ALL AMERICAN GIRL

She's got a halfback at Indiana
She loves a quarterback at Michigan
She threw a tackle at Minnesota
A Chicago guard's her flame
She goes to "proms" with an Iowa fullback,
A Purdue center has her in a whirl,
She's got a sweetheart at ev'ry college
She's just an All American Girl.


SACKBUT CHEERS

Harpsichords, clavichords,
Vocal chords, all!
Gambas, krumhorns,
Join in the call:
SACKBUT! SACKBUT! SACKBUT!

I say SACK, you say BUT[T] (repeated ad lib)

SACK-BUT . . . Chicago!
SACK-BUT . . . Chicago!
SACK-BUT . . . Chicago!
What is C H for?
SACKBUT!

ARHYTHMIC CHEER (MM. = 72)

Largo, lento, adagio, andante,
Allegro con brio,
Presto, presto, presto!

 

THE OLDEST CHEER (ca. 1900)
     
by A. A. Stagg, first director of athletics

Chica-go, Chica-go, Chica-go, Go!
Go Chica, Go Chica, Go Chica, Go!
[Tiger!]

 

THE OLDEST CHEER (revised 1929)
Chica-go, Chica-go, Chica-go, Go,
Go-Chica, Go-Chica, Go-Chica, Go!
     (Name of some individual)
           Y--E--A!

 

Horace Spencer Fiske's ballad (First stanza and refrain only; reprinted from Goodspeed's History, p. 380) ca. 1900

When the crowd has cheered the hostile teams and the band has played its best,
And roaring rooters warmed the lungs within the coldest breast;
When hat and cane and flag and feet have marked each rolling shout,
And the coin has told its little tale and the whistle sounded out--
Then the untried, slippery pigskin lies at rest upon the ground,
And silence wraps the people with expectancy profound.

(refrain)
Oh, the kick-off and the tackle and the sudden-footed punt,
And the stillness of the players on a down;
And the plunging and the lunging in the swaying battle's brunt,
And the megaphonic cries of town and gown!

 

LAW SCHOOL CHEER (apocryphal)

Wall Street, Law Review,
Contingent fees, all right!
To get an A from Levi,
We'll study all the night.
Rules of law and bar exams,
They can go to h---;
It's economic theory,
For which we're goin' to yell.
SO GO, GO, EFFICIENCY,
GILBERT'S ALL THE WAY.
Learned Hand and U of C
Are going to win this day.
GO, MAROONS!

 

SCHOLARLY YELLS

Themistocles, Thucydides,
The Peloponnesian War,
X squared, Y squared,
H2SO4.
Who for? What for?
Who we gonna yell for?
GO, MAROONS!

Logarithm, biorhythm,
Entropy, kinetics,
MPC, GNP, bioenergetics!
Maximize and integrate,
Titrate and Equilibrate--
GO, MAROONS!

Maximize our GNP,
Titrate their solution;
Calculate their MPC,
Crush their revolution!
GO, MAROONS!

 

TRADITIONAL CHEER

Repel them!
Repel them!
Make them relinquish the ball! (3x)

 

CHEERLEADER CHEERS

Go, go, Chicago, go, go, go,
(and variations on the same)

Get Them! Get Them! Get Them!

 

FUN HIGH SCHOOL CHEERS

De-fense! De-fense! Throw them over Da Fence!

A! Away away! (the rest is unintelligible) o, eoeoeoeoeo

 

SUBZERO CHEER

Let's get warmed up! Let's get warmed up!


CHICAGO YELLS (from the 1905 Chicago Song Book) VERBATIM

    Locomotive

Rah, rah, rah, rah! Go, Chica! Go, Chica!
Rah, rah, rah, rah! Go, Chica! Go, Chica!
Rah, rah, rah, rah! Go, Chica! Go, Chica!
     Go.

    Locomotive (revised 1929)

Rah-Rah-Rah-Rah--(slowly)
   Go-Chi-Ca-Go
Rah-Rah-Rah-Rah--(faster)
   Go-Chi-Ca-Go
Rah-Rah-Rah-Rah--(still faster)
   Go-Chi-Ca-Go
         GO!

    Seven Rahs

Rah, rah, rah, rah, rah, rah, rah!
The Team! The Team! The Team!
(Name of players.)
Tiger!

    Seven Rahs (revised 1929)

Rah-Rah-Rah-Rah-Rah-Rah-Rah
Team! Team! Team!
(Or some individual's name)
       Y--E--A!

    Three Rahs (added 1929)

Rah, Rah, Rah, Team, Team, Team
       (No "Yea")

    Gee Hee

Gee hee, gee ha!
Gee ha, ha, ha!
Ha, ha! Michigan!

    Every Time

Every time we hit the line
We go, go, go!
Who go? We go! Chicago!

    Who Can?

Who can? We can!
Chicago can can Michigan!

    Bow-Wow!

Bow-wow, bow-wow, bow-wow-wow-wow!
Gr-r-r-r! Chicago! Wow!

    Hello (added 1929)

Hello! Bello! Chicago!
Rah, Rah, Rah, Rah, Rah, Rah, Rah,
            Chicago!
            Y--E--A!

    Sky Rocket (added 1929)
S-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s
Boo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-m
   Whistle____________________
   Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h
          CHICAGO!

Maroon Fight (added 1929)

Maro-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-n fight!
Maro-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-n fight!
Rah!--Rah!--rah, Rah, Rah!
     Team! Team! Team!

Team Fight (added 1929)

Team, Team,
     Fight-Fight-Fight!
Team, Team,
     Fight-Fight-Fight!
(To be used when team is in tight place)

Varsity (added 1929)

Rah!
Varsity, Rah!
(Name of an individual)


                 believe me, I did not make these up