Texas Fight

Texas Fight

"Texas Fight" is the official fight song of the University of Texas at Austin and was written by Colonel Walter S. Hunnicutt in collaboration with James E. King, then director of the Marlin High School Band.cite news | url=http://lhb.music.utexas.edu/history/songs_index.html | title=History of School and Fight Songs | publisher=The University of Texas Longhorn Band | accessdate=2007-08-03] cite news | url=http://mackbrown-texasfootball.com/index.php?s=1134510296-1497354635&url_channel_id=39&url_subchannel_id=&url_article_id=39&change_well_id=2 | title=Texas Fight | publisher=MackBrownTexasFootball | accessdate=2007-08-03]

It is sung to a fast tempo version Taps, a song played at many military funerals. "Texas Fight" is played following touchdowns and extra points at University of Texas (UT) football games, other Longhorn sports events, as well as on other occasions of celebration.cite news | url=http://www.texas-exes.com/modules/AMS/article.php?storyid=5 | title=Texas Fight! | publisher=Montgomery County Texas Exes | accessdate=2007-08-03] The repeated strain contains portions of "The Eyes of Texas," the school's alma mater.

History and usage

"Texas Fight" is the official fight song of the University of Texas at Austin and was written by Colonel Walter S. Hunnicutt in collaboration with James E. King, then director of the Marlin High School Band.cite news | url=http://lhb.music.utexas.edu/history/songs_index.html | title=History of School and Fight Songs | publisher=The University of Texas Longhorn Band | accessdate=2007-08-03] cite news | url=http://mackbrown-texasfootball.com/index.php?s=1134510296-1497354635&url_channel_id=39&url_subchannel_id=&url_article_id=39&change_well_id=2 | title=Texas Fight | publisher=MackBrownTexasFootball | accessdate=2007-08-03] Hunnicutt wrote "Texas Fight" in response to the song used by Texas A&M University. One of the Aggie songs then was Farmers Fight, which consisted of the words "Farmers Fight" sung to Taps, a song played at many military funerals. Impressed by the song, Hunnicutt figured he would write "Texas Fight" also sung to Taps, but making the song more march-like and having "Texas" throughout instead of "Farmers." In a letter written in 1952 by Colonel Hunnicutt, he says "I wrote 'Texas Fight'... in an attempt to counteract the songs and yells of the Texas Aggies, which were not too complimentary to our Student Body and some of which tended to ridicule 'The Eyes of Texas'." [cite web|url=http://lhb.music.utexas.edu/history/songs.php|title=History of School and Fight Songs|publisher=University of Texas Longhorn Band|accessdate=2008-01-13]

The words of the song as finally adopted were written by "Blondie" Pharr, director of the Longhorn Band from 1917 to 1937. "Texas Fight" is played following touchdowns and extra points at University of Texas (UT) football games, other Longhorn sports events, as well as on other occasions of celebration.cite news | url=http://www.texas-exes.com/modules/AMS/article.php?storyid=5 | title=Texas Fight! | publisher=Montgomery County Texas Exes | accessdate=2007-08-03]

The repeated strain contains portions of "The Eyes of Texas," the school's alma mater. The mention of "A&M" is a reference to UT's major in-state rival, Texas A&M University. Similarly, A&M's "" refers to Texas.

Lyrics

:Texas Fight, Texas Fight,:And it's goodbye to A&M.:Texas Fight, Texas Fight,:And we'll put over one more win.:Texas Fight, Texas Fight,:For it's Texas that we love best.:Hail, Hail, The gang's all here,:And it's good-bye to all the rest!

:Yea Orange! Yea White!:Yea Longhorns! Fight! Fight! Fight!:Texas Fight! Texas Fight,:Yea Texas Fight!:Texas Fight! Texas Fight,:Yea Texas Fight!

:The Eyes of Texas are upon you,:All the livelong day.:The Eyes of Texas are upon you,:You cannot get away.:Texas Fight, Texas Fight,:For it's Texas that we love best.:Hail, Hail, The gang's all here,:And it's good-bye to all the rest!

Alternate Lyrics

"Hail, Hail, the gang's all here" is rarely, if ever, sung. It is almost always replaced with "Give 'em hell, give 'em hell! Go, Horns, go!"However, currently the popular version used at football games is "Give 'em hell, give 'em hell! Make 'em eat shit!" [cite news | url=http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=DP&p_theme=dp&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EAF44AD3A121CA5&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM | title=It's tradition, Texas-style | publisher=Denver Post | date=27 September 1996 | accessdate=2007-08-03 | author=Michaelis, Vicki ] [cite news | url=http://www.texassports.com/mainpages/001_structure/sob.html | title=Texas Basketball Fan Guide | publisher=TexasSports.com | accessdate=2007-08-03] Another version used at the annual OU-Texas game is "Give 'em hell, give 'em hell! OU sucks!"

References

External links

* [http://lhb.music.utexas.edu/sounds/texasfight_med.qtl "Texas Fight" performed by the Texas Longhorn Band]


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