Where did the FSU Fight Song come from?

Where did the FSU Fight Song come from?

Florida State's song, dubbed "FSU Fight Song," began as a poem penned by student Doug Alley; Professor Tommy Wright then based the melody on the poem. Professor Wright, an enthusiastic Seminole football fan, handed up the song's rights in return for a pair of season tickets. Navy Anchors Weigh The Line refers to the moment when a ship's anchor is lifted to free it from land.

The poem that became "FSU Fight Song" started out as a response to a newspaper column by Tallahassee Democrat editor Ralph McGill which criticized Florida State students for their lack of spirit. In order to prove him wrong, Alley wrote a poem titled "We Are Not Whiners" with the intention of singing it at a game. After seeing action in several more games, "We Are Not Whiners" was finally sung at a 1956 game against Duke. Although the song wasn't officially adopted as the school fight song until later that year, it has become one of Florida State's most recognizable identities.

Here are the first two stanzas of "We Are Not Whiners":

We are not whiners, we're just happy to be Florida State students!

And we don't care about our critics, 'cause we know they're jealous of us!

They say Florida State isn't tough enough, so we'll show them we are!

Who is the composer of the FSU Fight Song?

Professor of music Thomas Wright noticed the poem in the newspaper and was moved by the outpouring of school spirit to write a tune to it. Every year, Thomas Wright donates the song's rights in return for two season tickets. Fifty years later, the FSU Fight Song is still one of the most well-known college songs in the country.

Thomas Jefferson Wright was born on January 1st, 1858 in Chatsworth, Georgia. He received his education at the University of Georgia, where he studied music theory and composition under Professor William B. Bradshaw. After graduating in 1880, Wright took a job as an instructor of piano and organ at the College of Charleston. In 1884, he was appointed director of bands at Francis Marion University in South Carolina. In this role, he wrote several popular marches that are still played today by FSU's band. In 1890, Wright was invited to become professor of music at Florida State College (now known as Florida State University). He accepted the position and has been there ever since.

In 1905, Wright added a few more words to the original poem to create what is now known as the FSU Fight Song. He used statistics from a football game between Florida State and Bethune-Cookman to come up with lyrics that had a good chance of being sung by fans at Doak Campbell Stadium. The next day, the Daytona Beach Morning Journal published an article about the fight song which caught the attention of other newspapers across the country.

Who wrote the FSU war chant?

The battle song's words were written by student Doug Alley, while the soundtrack was created by Thomas Wright, Professor of Music. Mr. Wright owns the song's rights and enables FSU to play it every year in return for two season tickets.

Mr. Alley was a freshman class president who took a semester off from school to write music. He wrote the song after visiting a football game with his family. His father said he was so impressed by the courage of the players that he decided to write a song about them.

The first time the song was played was during a home game against Miami on November 11, 1980. Even though Florida State lost that game 27-6, the students responded well to the song and its message of courage. It has become one of the most popular songs at FSUCampus.

Today, "War Chant" is considered by many to be one of the best songs in the history of the FSU football program. The song has been used as inspiration by other teams at Florida State when they face each other in the football stadium.

In addition to writing the song, Doug Alley also received credit for coming up with the name "Seminoles". During a meeting with President John T. Smith and Vice President James Baker before the start of the 1979 season, they asked him what name should be given to the team.

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