Victory March (fight song)
"Victory March" is the fight song for the University of Notre Dame. The Rev. Michael J. Shea, a 1905 Notre Dame graduate, wrote the music, and his brother, John F. Shea, who earned degrees from Notre Dame in 1906 and 1908, wrote the original lyrics. The lyrics were revised in the 1920s; Victory March first appeared under the copyright of the University of Notre Dame in 1928.
The chorus of the song is one of the most recognizable collegiate fight songs in the United States, and was ranked first among fight songs by Northern Illinois University Professor William Studwell, who remarked it was "more borrowed, more famous and, frankly, you just hear it more." The eminent college football analyst and historian Beano Cook ranked the Victory March "the fourth most well-known song in the country, behind only 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' 'Happy Birthday' and 'White Christmas'."
Rally sons of Notre Dame: Sing her glory and sound her fame,
Raise her Gold and Blue
And cheer with voices true:
Rah, rah, for Notre Dame
We will fight in ev-ry game,
Strong of heart and true to her name
We will ne'er forget her
And will cheer her ever
Loyal to Notre Dame
Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame,
Wake up the echoes cheering her name,
Send a volley cheer on high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky.
What though the odds be great or small
Old Notre Dame will win over all,
While her loyal sons are marching
Onward to victory.
The original lyrics were written when all athletes at Notre Dame were male and thus refers to the university's "sons." The university became a co-education institution in 1969 and, in recognition of that fact, the 'Victory March' is now played for athletic teams composed also of women, many modify the words accordingly.
Knute Rockne, All American, Knute Rockne (played by Pat O'Brien) delivers the emotional "Win one for the Gipper" speech, at which point the background music swells with the Victory March. Drawing from this reference, the song has been used in mass media in situations that seemed to compel an inspirational "halftime speech". The "Win one for the Gipper" speech was parodied in the 1980 movie Airplane! when, with the Victory March rising to a crescendo in the background, Dr. Rumak, played by Leslie Nielsen, urged reluctant pilot Ted Striker, played by Robert Hays, to "win one for the Zipper", Striker's war buddy, George Zipp. The Victory March also plays during the film's credits. The song also was prominent in the movie Rudy, an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of Notre Dame despite significant obstacles. The Dropkick Murphys released an instrumental version of the Victory March, called "Victory" with the single Walk Away and subsequently with their collection, Singles Collection, Volume 2. The song was used in the 20th season of The Simpsons in an episode called Double, Double, Boy in Trouble, as a reference to Joe Montana, an alum of Notre Dame, who made a brief cameo in that episode. On the television series Scrubs, the character Dr. Perry Cox sarcastically sings the Victory March melody to rally Elliot and Turk to action in Season 2, Episode 11.
Usage by other sports teams
The tune of the Victory March is also used by:
- Holyoke High School in Holyoke, MA
- John Handley High School in Winchester, VA
- Gate City High School in Gate City, VA
- Port Adelaide Magpies Football Club (South Australian National Football League) - It was used by the Port Adelaide Football Club prior to them leaving the SANFL and joining the AFL.
- Sydney Swans Football Club (Australian Football League) - It had been used by the Swans' predecessor, the South Melbourne Football Club, before relocation to Sydney
- East Fremantle Football Club (West Australian Football League)
- St Patrick's College, Ballarat - College Song, "Cheers Cheers for Old SPC".
- The Holy Cross School in New Orleans, Louisiana, which was founded by the same Brothers of the Holy Cross as the University of Notre Dame, also uses the same victory march.
- Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi uses the music for their fight song, "Purple and White."
- Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia also uses the music for their fight song and other campus festivities.
- Tri-West Hendricks High School in Lizton, Indiana uses the music for their fight song. Most of the lyrics are used as well.
- Calumet High School in Calumet, Michigan uses the music for their fight song. The school is the only high school in its district, which includes Laurium, Michigan, birthplace of George Gipp.
- Nouvel Catholic Central High School in Saginaw (Saginaw Charter Township)
- Allendale High School (Allendale, Michigan) (Allendale Charter Township) Uses the music for their fight song, "Go Big Red." Michigan
- CK McClatchy High School in Sacramento, CA
- The tune of the fight song is also played at many high school football games throughout the United States of America.
- Bishop Moore High School (Orlando, Florida) uses the music for their fight song.
- Oviedo High School (Oviedo, Florida) uses the music as their fight song.
- Clay High School (South Bend,Indiana) uses the music in their fight song.
- V. J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School (Omaha, Nebraska) uses the music for their fight song.
- John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham, Alabama
- Longview High School in Longview, Texas
- Mishicot High School in Mishicot, Wisconsin
- A.W. Cox School in Guilford, Connecticut
- Adamsville High School in Adamsville, Tennessee
- Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School in Peterborough, Ontario
- Southridge High School (Kennewick) in Kennewick, Washington uses the tune of the "Notre Dame Victory March" for their fight song "Southridge Will Forever Hold My Heart".
- Little Valley Central School in Little Valley, New York used the tune as the basis for their song until its dissolution into the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School district in 2000, at which point a new fight song based on "In the Good Old Summer Time" was composed.
- Alhambra High School and Fillmore High School in California use the tune as a basis for their fight songs.
- Littlestown High School, Littlestown, Pennsylvania
- Lawson High School in Lawson, MO uses the victory march for their fight song.
- La Joya Community High School in Avondale, AZ uses the tune as a basis for their fight song. The school colors are also Navy Blue and Gold.
- Toledo, Ohio's Bowsher High School and Central Catholic High School both use the fight song as their own. Central Catholic's teams are also known as the "Fighting Irish".
- Brockport High School in Brockport, New York
- The former Cambridge High and Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
- North Tonawanda High School in North Tonawanda, New York.
- Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Louisiana
- Haughton High School in Haughton, Louisiana
- Sulphur High School in Sulphur, Louisiana
- San Marcos High School in San Marcos, Texas
- Austin Preparatory School in Reading, MA
- Reitz Memorial High School, Evansville, In. Brothers of Holy Cross
- John Paul II High School, Plano, Texas
- Central Catholic High School (Bloomington, Illinois) in Bloomington-Normal
- Boyd County High School in Cannonsburg, Kentucky
- Martinsville High School in Martinsville, IN
- Carmel High School in Carmel, IN
- Cortland High School in Cortland, NY
- Belton High School in Belton, MO uses the latter half of the Victory March as their fight song.
- B.M.C Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts
- Opheim High School in Opheim, MT
- Smithville High School in Smithville, OH
- Lake View High School in San Angelo, Texas
- Hunter Huss High School in Gastonia, NC
- Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, WA
- "Irish fight song deemed better than M's 'Victors'". The Michigan Daily News. September 11, 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-20.
- Lukacs, John D. "Lukacs: ND's Victory March Transcends Sports". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved November 7, 2008.
- citation needed
- Notre Dame Victory March (hosted by the Internet Archive)
- Notre Dame Victory March page at official Notre Dame Athletics site
- Sports Illustrated article ranking the best college fight songs