The Good Old Song

The Good Old Song is the de facto alma mater of the University of Virginia. It is set to the music of Auld Lang Syne. The name of the song is also often given as the "Good Ole Song." The song is often said to be the University's fight song, but the actual fight song is a very different piece (set to different music) called the Cavalier Song.

Various sources, including the Cavalier Marching Band, ascribe the authorship of the "Good Old Song" to Virginia Glee Club membercite web
title=University of Virginia Glee Club Photo, February 11, 1893
url=http://mcgregor.lib.virginia.edu/prints/FMPro?-db=uvaprints.fp5&-format=details.html&-lay=main&-op=cn&Keyword=glee%20club&-max=20&-recid=40510&-find=
accessdate=2008-02-05
date=1893-02-11
] Edward A. Craighill on or about 1895,cite web
title=Cavalier Marching Band: Lyrics from UVA Songs
url=http://www.virginia.edu/marchingband/lyrics.php
accessdate=2007-08-22
] even though Craighill's 1922 article on the song disclaims sole authorship.cite journal
last=Craighill
first=Edward
title='The Good Old Song' in the Making
journal=University of Virginia Magazine
date=October 1922
volume=73
issue=1
pages=1,3
] The best documentary evidence to date indicates that the song's lyrics were more or less spontaneously composed by a group of students in 1893, and that by 1894 the song was already being documented in the student annual, "Corks and Curls".cite web
last=Meacham
first=Scott
title=The Persistence of "Wa-hoo-wa," Dartmouth's "Indian Yell," at the University of Virginia
url=http://www.dartmo.com/Indian_Yell_Meacham.pdf
format=PDF
date=2004
accessdate=2007-08-22
]

Lyrics

References

External links

* [http://www.virginia.edu/marchingband/lyrics.php Lyrics] at Cavalier Marching Band site
* [http://www.student.virginia.edu/~pepband/music/goodoldsong.mp3 Virginia Pep Band version]
* [http://www.lib.virginia.edu/small/exhibits/music/audio/mp3/good_old_song.mp3 Virginia Glee Club, Virginia Women's Chorus, and University Singers version]
* [http://www.lib.virginia.edu/small/exhibits/music/virginiana_goodold.html Virginiana: Good Old Songs (exhibit at the University of Virginia Library)]


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