There are several cheers used at Tech, generally specific for each school
we face during the football season. From the always exciting "Climpson
is a Redneck School," to "Go to State," we keep them rolling.
However, only a few cheers have stayed with Tech over the centuries. First
and foremost is the original Tech cheer:
- Differential Y,
- Differential X,
- To Hell with Differentials,
- We want <fill in your own word here>
- Engineers Touchdown,
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Fight like Hell!
Or there is the watered down version:
- Differential X ,
- Differential Y,
- A Square, B Square,
- Integral of Pi....
As for Songs, there are three that you absolutely must know here at Tech:
"Up With the White and Gold," "Ramblin' Wreck," and
the alma matter. Here they are in full.
- White and Gold
- Oh, well, it's up with the white and gold,
Down with the red and black,
Georgia Tech is up for a victory.
We'll drop the battle-axe on Georgia's head,
When we meet her, our team is sure to beat her.
Down on the farm there will be no sound,
'Till our bow-wows rip through the air.
When the battle is over Georgia's team will be found
With the Yellow Jackets swarming round! Hey!
- Rambling Wreck
- Aside: The words to the world famous fight song, "Ramblin
Reck from Georgia Tech" were written somewhere around the turn of
the century and were first published in the metal bound Blueprint of 1908.
The song, is set to the tune of the "Sons of the Gamboliers",
a particularly raunchy Irish pub-song. The most notable instance of our
song's singing was during the vice-presidential trip of Richard Nixon to
Moscow in 1958. Then, in the midst of the kitchen debate between Nixon
and Nikita Krushchev, the two men, deciding to sing a song together to
lighten the scene a bit, discovered that Nixon did not know a Russian song.
The soviet premiere, however, knew a single American song: "The Ramblin
Reck from Georgia Tech". The two men sang the song for a group made
up largely of high level advisors and security personnel, but the event
was captured by a secret service agent on film, but, perhaps mercifully,
without sound. Anyway, here's the song:
- I'm a Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer,
A helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva, helluvan engineer,
Like all the jolly good fellows, I drink my whiskey clear.
I'm a Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer.
- Oh, If I had a daughter sir, I'd dress her in white and gold.
And put her on the campus, to cheer the brave and bold.
But if I had a son sir, I'll tell you what he'd do:
He would yell, "To Hell With Georgia!" like his daddy used to
- Oh I wish I had a barrel of rum, and sugar three thousand pounds,
A college bell to put it in, and the clapper to stir it 'round,
I'd drink to all the good fellows who'd come from far and near,
I'm a rambling, gambling, Hell Of An Engineer! Hey!
- Georgia Tech Alma Mater
(Music by Frank Roman; Words by I.H. Granath)
- Oh, sons of Tech, arise, behold!
The Banner as it reigns supreme,
For from on high the White and Gold
Waves in its triumphant gleam.
The spirit of the cheering throng
Resounds with joy revealing
A brotherhood in praise and song,
In memory of the days gone by.
Oh Scion of the Southland!
In our hearts you shall forever fly.
- We cherish thoughts so dear for thee,
Oh, Alma Mater in our prayer.
We plead for you in victory,
And in the victory we share!
But when the battle seems in vain
Our spirits never falter,
We're ever one in joy or pain
And our union is a lasting bond.
Oh! May we be united.
Till the victory of life is won.
These songs, and others, have had several paradies made, many of which,
not officially endorsed by Tech or the T-Book, can be found here.
Be warned, however, that many of the songs contain explicite content.
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