August 18th, 2006

Coat of Arms

Yea Alabama

I would like to bring your attention to something that has bothered me since my undergraduate days at UA in the late 1990s: people singing the wrong words to the fight song.

The correct lyrics are "Yea Alabama, Drown' em, Tide!  Every 'Bama man's behind you; hit your stride."

Unfortunately, at every game you can hear people singing, "Yea, Alabama, Crimson Tide..." This is just wrong.  The words "Crimson Tide" don't occur until the very end of the song.

I also hear people singing, "If a man starts to weaken, that's a shame, 'cause 'Bama's pluck and grit have writ her name in Crimson flame..."

The correct lyrics here are "If a man starts to weaken, that's his shame, for  'Bama's pluck and grit..."

The "a" in place of "his" I can handle, since it seems to flow just fine.  But "'cause" just isn't very poetic...I think you'll agree that "for" just works better.

So, in closing, if you're one of these people, or if these people are your friends, please inform them of the correct lyrics before the season opener.  

Roll Tide!

  • Current Mood
    ready for the season to start!