The Spirit of Aggieland

Texas A&M's alma mater hymn was written in 1925 by Marvin Mimms, class of 1926. The music is by band director Richard J. Dunn. The duo wanted to compose something that was different from the Aggie War Hymn that was more appropriate for somber ceremonies, like Muster. The song was first performed at the first Midnight Yell of the 1925 season.

Some may boast of prowess bold

Of the schools they think so grand

But there's a spirit can ne'er be told

It's the Spirit of Aggieland

(Chorus)

We are the Aggies — the Aggies are we

True to each other as Aggies can be

We've got to FIGHT boys

We've got to fight!

We've got to fight for the Maroon and White

After they’ve boosted all the rest

Then they will come and join the best

For we are the Aggies — the Aggies are we

We're from Texas AMC

(Yell sequence that follows; traditionally deleted at Muster)

T-E-X-A-S A-G-G-I-E

Fight! Fight! Fight-fight-fight!

Fight! Maroon! White-white-white!

A-G-G-I-E

Texas! Texas! A-M-C!

Gig 'em. Aggies. 1-2-3

Farmers fight! Farmers fight!

Fight! Fight!

Farmers, farmers fight!

The Aggie War Hymn

The words to the song were written by James Vernon "Pinky" Wilson, class of 1921. He wrote it in 1918, while on guard duty stationed along the Rhine River in Germany, during World War I. He incorporated two yells: "Hullabalo, Caneck Caneck" and "Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem ..." Wilson returned to A&M after the war, and bandmaster George Farleigh set the words to music. The song's original title was Goodbye to Texas University. Wilson wrote another verse in 1928 to offset the fact that the original words were directed at a single rival, the University of Texas. Today, the first verse is omitted and the second verse is sung twice, followed by the "Saw Varsity's Horns Off," when Aggies put their arms across the shoulder of the person standing next to them and sway, thus mimicking a saw.

Hullabaloo, Caneck Caneck!

Hullabaloo, Caneck Caneck!

(*The first verse in generally omitted and the second is sung twice.)

All hail to dear old Texas A&M

Rally around Maroon and White

Good luck to the dear old Texas Aggies

They are the boys who show the real old fight

That good old Aggie spirit thrills us

And makes us yell and yell and yell

So let's fight for dear old Texas A&M

We're goin' to beat you all to

Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem

Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem

Rough Tough! Real Stuff! Texas A&M

(Second verse)

Good-bye to texas university

So long to the Orange and the White

Good luck to dear old Texas Aggies

They are the boys that show the real old fight

"The eyes of Texas are upon you…"

That is the song they sing so well (Sounds like hell)

So good-bye to texas university

We're going to beat you all to

Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem

Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem

Rough Tough! Real Stuff! Texas A&M

Saw Varsity's Horns Off

(Follows the singing of the Aggie War Hymn)

Saw Varsity's horns off!

Saw Varsity's horns off!

Saw Varsity's horns off!

Short!

Varsity's horns are sawed off!

Varsity's horns are sawed off!

Varsity's horns are sawed off!

Short!

(5) comments

rmlowry4

The Spirit is missing a whole line.
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rmlowry4

The Spirit is missing the following line:
"After they’ve boosted all the rest"

rmlowry4

in its discussion of the "Block-T banners", it says "Bugle Corps". Today they are called the "Bugle Rank", I doubt if they were ever called the "Bugle Corps", nut I am not sure?. There used to be a subset of the FTAB that was called The Drum and Bugle Corps, consisting of ... wait for it... bugles and drums.

Mark BQ'79

Yes, it is Bugle Rank. Also, they were white Sam Browne belts, not crossed white belts. There was a Drum and Bugle Corps, made up of fish and sophomores from the Band when I was there 1975-79. They also wore white Sam Browne belts.

Mark BQ'79

Also-- it is NOT a "fight song"-- it is the "Aggie War Hymn"-- period. Texas A&M does not have a "fight song."

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