The Ohio State University

SCHOOL SONGS

Across the Field
“Across the Field” was written by OSU student William A. Dougherty, Jr. in 1915 in hopes to create a fight song more enthusiastic than the already established “Carmen Ohio.”   The song urges all OSU sports teams to victory and is sung by the football team in the locker room after every game.

Buckeye Battle Cry
In 1919, a contest was held for a new fight song to be played in the new Ohio Stadium.  The winner was Ohio University graduate Frank Crumit’s “Buckeye Battle Cry.”  “Buckeye Battle Cry” was  played that fall, has been played for every Ramp entrance since 1928, is played after every point scored in football, and is sung at the end of almost every performance of Script Ohio.
Listen to the Ohio State Men’s Glee Club singing “Buckeye Battle Cry”.

Carmen Ohio
In 1902, OSU lost to University of Michigan in Ann Arbor 86-0. Fred Cornell, an OSU student and member of the Ohio State University Glee Club at the time, was inspired by hearing the UM fans sing their alma mater, “The Yellow and Blue,” following the win. On the train ride home from Ann Arbor, Cornell began to pen “Carmen Ohio” on the back of an envelope. “Carmen Ohio” was first performed by The Ohio State University Glee Club on December 11, 1903.  In 1955, the OSU Marching Band added the sound of the Orton Hall chimes to the beginning of “Carmen Ohio.” “Carmen Ohio” is the oldest song to still be used by OSU.

Le Règiment de Sambre et Meuse
Reminiscent of the events of the French Revolution, the lyrics of “Le Règiment de Sambre et Meuse” originated from a French military poem that was set to music in 1871.  Eugene Weigel, the Director of the OSUMB from 1929-1939, became familiar with the tune while playing in a Navy Band, and quickly introduced it to the group. Since 1936, the band has performed the famed Script Ohio to the famed military march.  The version currently used today was arranged in 1964.
“Le Règiment” with “Fight the Team” intro


Hang on Sloopy

Originally recorded by The McCoys, a small rock group from Dayton, Ohio, the OSUMB added their own arrangement to its repertoire that same year on October 9th, in a game against Illinois. It was a hit with coach Woody Hayes, and soon after with the crowd. As such, a tradition was born. In 1985, the Ohio House of Representatives voted to make “Hang On Sloopy” the state of Ohio’s official rock song.

I Wanna Go Back to Ohio State
“I Wanna Go Back to Ohio State” was written in the early 1900s, illustrating the longing that an OSU alumnus has for returning to Columbus and the Ohio State campus. The song also exemplifies the spirit of watching a winning football game in Ohio Stadium and celebrating with a “keg of booze.” The first eight lines of the song take their roots from the University of Michigan’s song “I Wanna Go Back to Michigan,” written as a drinking song about an old tavern in Ann Arbor. In the 1920’s, the lyrics were tweaked (temporarily) to remove the stanzas that referenced drinking. “I Wanna Go Back to Ohio State” is played by the OSUMB on the field during the first game of the season and the Homecoming game, and is always a favorite at pep rallies. The song is also performed in the rotunda of the stadium after the band has marched over following the conclusion of a skull session; a lone sousaphone plays the song while the rest of the band sings along.

We Don’t Give a Damn for the Whole State of Michigan
The rivalry between Ohio and Michigan goes back before football to a territorial dispute along the border in 1803.  The border rivalry extended to football just a few decades later, and has since been one of the most storied rivalries in history.  Set to the tune of “Old Gray Mare,” it is not clear how the lyrics came about or when.  The song did appear in the 1942 movie “The Male Animal,” which is based on a 1940 play written by James Thurber about Midwestern University (believed to resemble OSU), and includes a rivalry game against Michigan.  Fans often break out into “We Don’t Give a Damn for the Whole State of Michigan” after an OSU victory, and it is sung by the OSUMB in many situations, including when they march into St. John Arena for the Skull Sessions prior to every home game.


“We Don’t Give a Damn” Sung by the OSUMB