Victory March (fight song)

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"Victory March" redirects here. For the 1976 Italian drama film, see Victory March (film).

"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 the most recognizable collegiate fight song 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] Controversy erupted in 2011 when Australia's premiere sportscaster Patrick Gareau claimed that the Victory March fight song was originally used by the AFL's Sydney Swans in the late 19th century, but this claim was met with skepticism from ESPN.[citation needed]


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

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