Roar, Lion, Roar

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Roar, Lion, Roar is the fight song for the Columbia Lions. It was originally titled "Bold Buccaneers" and written with different lyrics for the 1923 Varsity Show Half Moon Inn by Columbia undergraduates Corey Ford and Roy Webb.


When the bold teams of old wore the blue and white,
Deeds of fame made their name here at old Columbia,
Nowadays, we can praise fighting teams again,
Hear the Lion roar his pride,
While the men of Morningside,
Follow the blue and white to victory!

Roar, Lion, Roar
And wake the echoes of the Hudson Valley
Fight on to victory evermore
While the sons of Knickerbocker
Rally 'round Columbia, Columbia!
Shouting her name forever
Roar, Lion, Roar
For Alma Mater on the Hudson shore!


The song is said have inspired Howard Dietz of the Columbia College Class of 1917, who was MGM's director of publicity, to persuade the film company to adopt a lion as its mascot.


It is unknown whether the term knickerbocker was meant as a blatant elitist reference to the aristocracy or a more general reference to New York residents.