Georgetown Basketball History: Songs Of Georgetown
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Below are some traditional Georgetown athletic songs. Three of these songs, written between 1911-1930, form what is commonly known as today's Georgetown Fight Song, listed below and to the right.

NOTE: We are currently seeking lyrics for the following songs. Any assistance on locating these songs is appreciated:
"Georegetown Victory March" (1940)
"Hail! Hoya Men" (1941)
"Georgetown Alumni Song" (1947)



The Touchdown Song (1913)
Lyrics: Unknown
Music: "Goodbye, My Baby, Goodbye"
 

Virginia plays in the same old way,
Lie down, Virginia, lie down;
Tho' we've not met for many a day
Lie down, Virginia, lie down.

Chorus:
Here goes old Georgetown,
Straight for a touchdown;
See how they gain ground,
Lie down, Virginia, lie down.
Lie down, Virginia, lie down.

We've missed you much since last we met,
Lie down, Virginia, lie down;
Or have you any money to bet?
Lie down, Virginia, lie down.


Cheer For Victory (1911)
Lyrics: Unknown
Music: "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp", 1864

 
"Rah! Rah! Rah!
Hurrah! for Georgetown
Cheer for victory today
'Ere the sun has sunk to rest,
In the cradle of the West
In the clouds we'll proudly float
The Blue and Gray."


The Hoya Song (c. 1930)
Lyrics: Unknown
Music: Unknown

 
"We've heard those loyal fellows up at Yale
Brag and boast about their "Boola-Boola"
We've heard the 'Navy yell',
We've listened to 'Cornell'
We've heard the sons of Harvard tell
How 'Crimson lines' could hold them
'Chu! Chu! Rah! Rah!', dear to Holy Cross
The proud old 'Princeton Tiger' is never at a loss
But the yell of all the yells,
The yell that wins the day
Is the 'Hoya, Hoya Saxa!'
of the dear old Blue and Gray."

The Georgetown Fight Song
aka "There Goes Old Georgetown"

It's been so long since last we met,
Lie down forever, lie down;
Or have you any money to bet,
Lie down forever, lie down.

There goes old... Georgetown
Straight for a... touchdown
See how they... gain ground
Lie down forever, lie down,
Lie down forever, lie down."

Rah! Rah! Rah!
Hurrah for Georgetown
Cheer for victory today
'Ere the sun has sunk to rest,
In the cradle of the west
In the clouds will proudly float
The Blue and Gray."

We've heard those loyal fellows up at Yale
Brag and boast about their Boola-Boola
We've heard the Navy yell
We've listened to Cornell
We've heard the sons of Harvard tell
How Crimson lines could hold them
'Chu, Chu, Rah, Rah,', dear old Holy Cross
The proud old Princeton tiger
Is never at a loss
But the yell of all the yells,
The yell that wins the day
Is the 'HOYA, HOYA SAXA!'
Of the dear old Blue and Gray.

It's been so long since last we met,
Lie down forever, lie down;
Or have you any money to bet,
Lie down forever, lie down.

There goes old Georgetown
Straight for a (rebound)
See how they gain ground
Lie down forever, lie down,
Lie down forever, lie down."


Other Traditional Songs

Cheer For Old Georgetown (1911)
Alma Mater, we thy children
Praise and tribute bring,
And on victorious field
While foeman yield;
With thunderous sound
Make earth resound
And e'er the heavens ring.

To countless hearts
Thy name imparts
True pride in thy renown;
And till the sun grows cold
We'll cheer for old Georgetown.


Dear Old Gray & Blue (1913)
Lyrics: Unknown
Music: "Battle Hymn of the Republic", 1862

 

Princeton has the black and orange
Eli has the blue;
Fordham has the old Maroon
and Penn her colors too;
But the loyal sons of Georgetown
Are forever true;
To the dear old Gray and Blue.

Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah for Georgetown,
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah for Georgetown,
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah for Georgetown,
And the dear old Gray and Blue.

We've met a lot of college teams
And there have been a few,
That wrestled vict'ry from the hands
Of Georgetown's gallant crew
We've held our colors high in air
And fought like demons too
For the dear old Gray and Blue.


The College Boat Song (1876)
Lyrics: John Agar (C'1876) Music: Unknown
 
Above the smooth and limpid wave
Come, speed our boat along
And as she dashes to the goal
We'll time her with a song

Chorus:
Give way, give way, no man shall say
We're laggards at the oar;
No dame shall flush, nor maiden blush
For Georgetown's honest fame.
Hurrah! then, boys, hurrah! hurrah!
The Blue and Gray forever.

We give to thee, Potomac fair,
Thou river all our own,
As trim a bark, as blithe a crew
As e'er thy waves have known

(Chorus)

Speed, speed her on with stalwart arms,
Cleave, faster cleave the wave!
These storied shores should look alone
Upon the dauntless brave.

(Chorus)

She flies: the oars, with rhythmic beat,
Divide the sparkling spray
She leaps like some gay thing of life,
All eager for the fray.

(Chorus)

Still on! The Blue our pennon bears,
To triumph leads the way
Or, if we fail we still shall hold
To honor with the Gray.

(Chorus)

Sons of Georgetown (1894)
Words by Robert Collier (C'1894)
Music: "Men of Harlech", 1794

 
Sons of Georgetown, alma mater
Swift Potomac's lovely daughter
Ever watching by the water
Smiles on us today.

Now her children gather 'round her
Lo, with garlands they have crowned her
Reverent hands and found enwound her
With the Blue and Gray.

Wave her colors ever,
Furl her standard never
But raise it high, and proudly cry
'We're Georgetown's sons forever.'

Where Potomac's tide is streaming
From her spires and steeples beaming
See the grand old banner gleaming
Georgetown's Blue and Gray.


Here's To The Blue & Gray (1911)
Lyrics and Music: Edward P. Donovan (C'1911)
 
Let's give a "Hoya" for old G.U.,
Let's give a loud "Saxa" too
Hold fast our ranks, on Potomac's banks
Faithful, forever and true
Fling our proud banner, as bright as day
High in the sky while we say
Glory and honor to Georgetown
Here's To The Blue & Gray!


Fight, Georgetown Men (1937)
Lyrics & Music by Anthony Terranova (M'1937)
 
"Fight Georgetown men,
Victory again!
Raise high your shield
And march down the field
On to the fray,
Unfurl the Blue and Gray
And we'll fight, fight, fight
Men of Georgetown, fight!"


Forward, Sons Of Georgetown (c. 1920)
Words & Music by Larry Lennon (C'22) and Frank Corcoran (C'23)
 
Forward, sons of Georgetown
Down the path of glory
Never flinching, knowing no despair
The end will tell the same old story
Sons of Georgetown fight with all your might
For we are out to win today--
Let's give a "HOYA!" and a "SAXA!"
For the Blue and Gray."


The Blue & Gray Triumphal March
"Fight on for old Alma Mater
The vict'ry is our aim;
Although the odds are great
We shall march on
To triumph and to fame
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Get up that old Hoya spirit,
Go in there and fight!
We'll win the fray, and the victor of the day
Will be the Blue and Gray."


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