Victory March (fight song)

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"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 world 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."[1]

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In 1961, Notre Dame and other musical houses granted the South Melbourne Football Club (currently the Sydney Swans), an Australian rules football team in the Australian Football League (AFL), a copyright to adapt the Victory March into their own club song, "Cheer, Cheer the Red and the White," which begins "Cheer, cheer the red and the white / honour the name by day and by night". (Previously, the Swans' club song had been an adaptation of Springtime in the Rockies by Gene Autry.)[2]

The East Fremantle Football club (WAFL) also uses the melody, with their club colours of Blue and White.


  1. ^ "Irish fight song deemed better than M's 'Victors'". The Michigan Daily News. September 11, 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  2. ^ Sydney Swans Club Song

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