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Friday, October 22, 2010

It’s a new song for Kansas Jayhawk fans; winner of alumni association contest includes all remaining conference schools

The Jayhawk Band rocks Massachusetts Street during a pep rally Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, for Kansas University's homecoming game this Saturday against Texas A&M. Kansas Athletics, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and several other groups were involved in the rally on the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street.

The Jayhawk Band rocks Massachusetts Street during a pep rally Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, for Kansas University's homecoming game this Saturday against Texas A&M. Kansas Athletics, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and several other groups were involved in the rally on the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street.

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KU changed the lyrics to their fight song. Did you ever learn the old lyrics?

  • I know the old lyrics by heart! 31% 624 votes
  • I sing the "Jay, Jay, Jay, Jay, Jayhawk" part and mumble through the rest 35% 700 votes
  • The fight song has lyrics? 33% 655 votes

1979 total votes.

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Listen to the new version of "I'm A Jayhawk"

KU’s new fight song lyrics

Talk about the Sooners, Cowboys and the Bears,

Aggies and the Tiger and his tail.

Talk about the Wildcats, and the Cyclone boys,

But I’m the bird to make ’em weep and wail.

Chorus:

’Cause I’m a Jay, Jay, Jay, Jay, Jayhawk,

Up at Lawrence on the Kaw —

’Cause I’m a Jay, Jay, Jay, Jay, Jayhawk,

With a sis-boom, hip hoorah,

Got a bill that’s big enough

To twist a Tiger’s tail,

Rope some ’Horns and listen

To the Red Raiders wail —

’Cause I’m a Jay, Jay, Jay, Jay, Jayhawk,

Riding on a Kansas gale.

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Submitted photo

Arch P. Naramore

Out with the Cornhuskers, and in with the Longhorns.

More than 50 years since it was last revised, Kansas University’s fight song has been tweaked, adding new Big 12 Conference opponents and taking out references to departing conference brethren Colorado and Nebraska.

The KU Alumni Association held a contest that wrapped up this week — with the winning entry being written by Matt Schoenfeld of Countryside. All 10 conference foes are mentioned in the new lyrics:

Talk about the Sooners, Cowboys and the Bears,

Aggies and the Tiger and his tail.

Talk about the Wildcats, and the Cyclone boys,

But I’m the bird to make ’em weep and wail.

Chorus:

’Cause I’m a Jay, Jay, Jay, Jay, Jayhawk,

Up at Lawrence on the Kaw —

’Cause I’m a Jay, Jay, Jay, Jay, Jayhawk,

With a sis-boom, hip hoorah,

Got a bill that’s big enough

To twist a Tiger’s tail,

Rope some ’Horns and listen

To the Red Raiders wail —

’Cause I’m a Jay, Jay, Jay, Jay, Jayhawk,

Riding on a Kansas gale.

Schoenfeld went to Baylor University, but has been a Jayhawk fan since following basketball teams coached by Ted Owens, according to a release.

“I remember sitting with my two roommates from Kansas City and tuning the radio until we could pick up the crackly voices of Bob and Max down in Waco,” he said in the release, referring to longtime KU broadcasters Bob Davis and Max Falkenstien. “Then this summer, I saw a Sports Illustrated story on the contest, and I sat down that night with my kids to work on lyrics. They frequently remind me that I’m not a true Jayhawk, and they have an interest in becoming Jayhawks.”

Comments

DCLawHawk 6 years, 5 months ago

Don't you mean all 9 conference foes are mentioned? The Jayhawks are not a foe.

I think these are good lyrics overall, but I would offer two fixes. First, how can a bill "listen" to the wail? It made more sense the old way, because the bill husked some corn to provoke the wailing. Now the lyrics just have the bill listening to the Red Raiders wail. Birds don't listen with their beaks. That makes no sense anatomically. I also side with those who think this makes the lowly Red Raiders too prominent in the fight song. How about: "Rope some 'Horns and make those little Wildkitties wail." You could replace Wildcats with Raiders earlier in the song if you wanted to keep all 9 foes in the lyrics.

I would also prefer Cyclone "teams" over Cyclone "boys" in this day and age. After all, isn't the fight song for the men's and women's teams?

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