On, Wisconsin


On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Plunge right through that line!
Run the ball right down the field, a touchdown sure this time.
On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Fight on for her fame,
Fight! Fellows! Fight! Fight, fight, we'll win this game.

On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Stand up, Badgers sing!
'Forward' is our driving spirit loyal voices ring.
On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Raise her glowing flame!
Stand, fellows, let us now salute her name!

(Copyright 1909 by William T. Purdy; words by Carl Beck)

Who wrote On, Wisconsin?

"William Purdy, Chicago, wrote a football song intended for the University of Minnesota, but his roommate Carl Beck wrote some new words for the tune and persuaded Purdy to submit it to the University of Wisconsin. On November 11, 1909, Purdy played the song, entitled "On, Wisconsin," at a pep rally at the armory on the UW campus in Madison where it was an immediate hit. Famed Bandman John Philip Sousa called it "the best college melody I have ever heard" and it has become the single most-used melody for high school and college football songs throughout the country."
(Source: Wisconsin -- Then & Now, article by Harva Hachten, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, September 1973)

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Varsity Band threw 100th birthday party for ‘On, Wisconsin!’: http://www.news.wisc.edu/17921