041 - Hail, Dear Old Rensselaer

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About the song

Hail, Dear Old Rensselaer was written by Charles S. Root '34. The verision which the band plays was arranged by A. Olin Niles. This is our fight song. It is played at the beginning and end of each period and whenever the team scores.

Although Hail may officially be catalogued as number 41, the number is never used. The song is simply known as Hail.

Lyrics

Occasionally there is a call for non-playing band members to sing, or for the RPI community to sing along to Hail. Here are the lyrics, as written by Charles S. Root '34:

Hail, dear old Rensselaer, the college of our heart
For dear old Rensselaer, we all must do our part (FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!)
True to old Rensselaer, we'll always strive to be
Now, dear old Rensselaer, hail to thee


Hear the tramp, tramp, tramp of marching feet
Hear the rat-tat-tat of drums that beat
Hear the voices ringing loud and sweet
Hear that mighty shout of...


Hail, dear old Rensselaer, the college of our heart
For dear old Rensselaer, we all must do our part (FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!)
True to old Rensselaer, we'll always strive to be
Now, dear old Rensselaer, hail to thee


Note that prior to the admittance of women to RPI in 1942, the refrain's 2nd and 3rd lines were sung as:


For dear old Rensselaer, each man must do his part
True sons of Rensselaer, we'll always strive to be


"Alternate" lyrics intended to be sung in a lazy manner, are:

Blah, blah blah Rensselaer, blah blah blah blah blah blah
Blah, blah blah Rensselaer, blah blah blah blah blah blah (FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!)
Blah, blah blah Rensselaer, blah blah blah blah blah blah
Blah, blah blah Rensselaer, blaaaah, blaaaah, blaaaaaaaaah.

Roadmap

The conductor begins by screaming, "Trumpets... One! Two!"

The song is played as written, with the exception that the conductor has discretion to instruct the band to play the sixteen measure breakstrain and to Da Capo. This is very rarely done more than once, and then only for good reason. Jim Cronen once played the breakstrain twice as music to cover up a skirmish that erupted on the ice after the clock had hit zero and the game was over.

The short form of Hail, without the breakstrain, is used after goals in hockey or after scores in football. During hockey games, the vocal cheer We Want More then immediately follows Hail.

The long form of Hail, with the breakstrain, is used when the hockey team comes onto or leaves the ice at the beginning or end of a period of play. It is also used when the band plays at miscellaneous school functions.

History

To be completed.



America's Pep Band (album)
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N/A 1. Hail (short) 2. O Canada


America's Pep Band (album)
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37. Alma Mater 38. Hail (short) 39. Rock Around the Clock/Hey Baby


Pep Band 2006 CD
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N/A 1. Hail (long) 2. O Canada


Pep Band 2006 CD
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18. Are You Gonna Be My Girl 19. Hail (short) N/A


Live in Québec 2008
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N/A 1. Hail 2. Gospel John