Penn State University


Fight On State
Penn State’s fight song was composed in 1935 by Joseph Saunders while Saunders was living in Atlantic City. It was first a song for the freshman class before the Blue Band and school adopted it as their own. The lyrics state that “victory we predict for thee,” and even tell the team to run up the score! (This was written before the Paterno Era, remember). The song is sung by the Glee Club and played by the Blue Band following every touchdown or field goal. Listen to the PSU Blue Band play  “Fight On State”

Composed by Penn State Glee club member James Leyden in 1913, this rousing number is performed both by the Glee Club and the Penn State Blue Band (an instrumental version) during their pregame drill. The verses urge classmates to “loyally support the team” against then-rivals Cornell, Penn and Harvard, as well as their hated nemesis, Pittsburgh. Victory is also included on the “Penn State Forever” fight song medley sung by the Glee Club. Listen to the PSU Glee Club sing “Victory”

The Blue and White
Set to the same tune as Cornell’s Alma Mater, “The Blue and White” is known as the school’s second Alma Mater. This moving melody is included with “Victory” and “Fight On State” in a fight song medley called “Penn State Forever,” which is sung at the conclusion of each Penn State Glee Club concert. Listen to the PSU Glee Club sing “Blue and White”

Hail! Oh Hail!
Composed by Glee Club alumnus Ray Fortunato (class of 1947), “Hail! Oh Hail” begins every Penn State Glee Club concert. It tells listeners to “shout for Alma Mater’s glory, mate.” Though “Hail! Oh Hail” has a second verse, the Glee Club traditionally sings the whole first verse and chorus then whistles the lyrics until the chorus the second time. Many audience goers say this  short, little ditty is their favorite piece. Listen to the PSU Glee Club sing “Hail! Oh Hail!”

The Nittany Lion
Also composed by James Leyden in 1919, this classic number has four verses (with the potential for a fifth verse as Nebraska enters the conference) talking about each of the teams Penn State has played or plays in sports. The first verse talks solely about Penn State and its mascot, the Nittany Lion, while the second verse (older teams like Pitt, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, and Penn) and third verse (half of the Big Ten) talk about each of the other schools’ mascots and how they pale in comparison to the “mighty Nittany Lion.” Realizing that the song left out Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, Penn State Alumni Association director Roger Williams added a fourth verse in the new millennium. Listen to the PSU Glee Club sing “The Nittany Lion”