Victory (Pennsylvania State University fight song)
While a Penn State student and Glee Club member in 1913, James Leyden began singing a song he had just created at the athletic Track House. His roommate, Albert A. Hansen, published the song in the fall semester of 1913. The Blue Band played an arrangement of the song as early as 1915. During a Penn State Nittany Lions football game at Beaver Field against Lehigh University, students held aloft blue and white streamers and alternated the colors with the beats of the song; the novel cheering method became popular with the spectators in the crowd.
Leyden would later compose The Nittany Lion in the 1920s.
The song's lyrics are:
- Come now Classmen, let us sing,
- Loyally support the team,
- We're here today with our colors gay,
- Ready to win the fray.
- Whether it be Pitt or Penn,
- Harvard or Cornell,
- Play the game, every man, and we will win again!
- Fight, Fight, Fight, for the Blue and White,
- Victory will our slogan be;
- Dear Alma Mater, fairest of all,
- Thy loyal dens will obey thy call
- To fight, fight, fight, with all their might,
- Ever the goal to gain,
- Into the game for Penn State's fame
- Fight on to Victory!
- Range, Thomas E.; Sean Patrick Smith (1999). The Penn State Blue Band: A Century of Pride and Precision. Penn State Press. p. 232. ISBN 0-271-01960-3.
- Mp3 of "Victory", performed by the Penn State Glee Club