Sunday, August 15, 2010

KU students can take jab at fight song lyrics

New words needed after conference realignment; contest will be offered during Homecoming

KU students will have the opportunity to help rewrite the KU fight song after conference realignment moved Nebraska and Colorado from the Big 12. The new lyrics will be revealed during homecoming week.


As Kansas University residence halls fill up with students this weekend, the KU Alumni Association is hoping a few of the more creative types will help the organization out.

You see, the Big 12 Conference realignment will raise an issue with the school’s fight song — it needs some new lyrics.

Outgoing conference foe Nebraska is mentioned twice and Colorado is mentioned once in the lyrics to “I’m a Jayhawk.” Nebraska gets a nod in the chorus of the song, “Got a bill that’s big enough to twist the Tiger’s tail. Husk some corn and listen to the Cornhusker’s wail.”

This fall, during homecoming week in October, the KU Alumni Association will conduct a student contest to come up with new lyrics for the song.

Kevin Corbett, KU Alumni Association president, said that hasn’t stopped the suggestions from flowing in already from alumni.

“We haven’t changed it in so long,” he said — since 1958 to be exact, when a reference to the Haskell Indian Nations University Braves was replaced. “The song’s not often sung to begin with. People are concentrating on getting the clapping part right.”

Jennifer Sanner, a senior vice president at the alumni association, said more details on the contest will likely be hammered out in the days to come.

One thing’s for sure, however, she said. Though there may be room to incorporate some new conference opponents, some parts of the song remain sacrosanct.

“I can’t imagine that we’ll mess with ‘I’m a Jay, Jay, Jayhawk,’” she said.


100 10 years, 3 months ago

Just leave the Big 10 Husker & Pac 12 CU Buffalo part in....

Then we cover three quarters of the country's television markets.

Don't change it.

Thanks, the Jayhawk nation

Jonathan Kealing 10 years, 3 months ago

It was a reference to "the braves," which represents Haskell.

minnhawk84 10 years, 3 months ago

Well, Haskell and KU at some point played 11 games in football, KU winning 6-5 in the series. While Haskell started off as an Indian Ag School and morphed into an "assimilation" boarding school, That stadium built out on its campus definitely is there for a reason. The two schools started playing in 1896 and last played a two game series in 1930-31.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 3 months ago

I'm sure there will be many creative versions suggested for the revised song.

Please, no hip-hop, free-style or whatever genre is in vogue musically in today's student collections. Lyrics including the following should be instantly rejected:

Shawty, Ho's, "G(-anything)", Makin' it rain, whips, etc.....know wut I'm sayin?

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 3 months ago

So, give me your rendition of the new song incorporating terms and words like those or others.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 3 months ago

Hey...contest over...Jaybate already wrote one!!!

Sam Constance 10 years, 3 months ago

Am I the only one who thinks this is stupid and a gigantic waste of time?

I don't seem to remember expanding the song in 1996 when we added the 4 Texas schools to the conference, and I don't see the point in changing it now. Heck, for all we know the conference could be completely re-aligning again in a few years.

There is over 100 years of history between Nebraska and Kansas and over 60 years of history between Colorado and Kansas. Just because that history/community didn't mean sh** to the Cornhuskers and Buffaloes doesn't mean we have to show we're just as capable of being petty.

Matt Kenton 10 years, 3 months ago

Students can take a JAB at the song by making fun of it? How about they take a STAB at writing their own lyrics?

Alan Braun 10 years, 3 months ago

The 1st (and only) verse, not the chorus, started out "talk about the sooners, the aggies and the braves". It now says "the cowboys and the buffs". Aggies was a reference to OSU even then. It's confusing too because the only part of the song the band ever plays is the chorus; nobody ever hears the music to the verse unless you have one of the CD's that was made 10 years or so ago.

This discussion is the 1st time I ever knew that it was Haskell that was being referred to. I tried once to look up old mascot names for schools that were part of the original Mo Valley Conference that we were part of in the 1900s to 1920s, trying to find one that may have once been called the "braves", but came up empty.

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