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Strive for Honor: Quit Tarnishing Our Fight Song

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As the new Fall semester starts coming around the corner, and the new swarm of Freshman start moving into their dorms, that can only mean one thing. Football is almost back.

This also means that this is a good time to bring up one very important issue that I want to make sure everyone understands. It has to do with our school’s fight song, and the way in which we are disrespecting it. STOP TARNISHING OUR FIGHT SONG!

With the thousands of new students stepping foot on campus, this is our chance to work with a clean slate, and start teaching these freshman the right way to sing the fight song before the first game is even played.

For those of y’all who don’t know, and for those of y’all who need a refresher, this is how Texas Tech’s fight song goes:

Fight, Raiders, Fight! Fight, Raiders, Fight!

Fight for the school we love so dearly.

You'll hit 'em high, you'll hit 'em low.

You'll push the ball across the goal,

Tech, Fight! Fight!

We'll praise your name, boost you to fame.

Fight for the Scarlet and Black.

You will hit 'em, you will wreck 'em.

Hit 'em! Wreck 'em, Texas Tech!

And the Victory Bells will ring out!

Alright, now that we clarified that, what is one thing that you won’t find in our school’s fight song? Curse words. Personally, I’d like to keep it that way. To quote our fight song, Texas Tech is “The school we love so dearly”. If we truly did love our school so dearly, we wouldn’t change the lyrics of the fight song just to be insulting. I’m not going to tell you what the lyrics are known to be changed to, because I don’t want to give the person who came up with it any credit.

If you are one of those people who do say it wrong, I encourage you to stop, because every time you make our fight song vulgar you are painting a less than positive picture of the school that I truly love so dearly. If you are reading this article and you are an incoming freshman, first and foremost, welcome to the family. As for the fight song, sing it like you see it above, and sing it loud and proud. I want this trend of defacing the fight song to stop, and it starts with each and everyone of us.

Being loud, prideful, and full of spirit does not mean you have to be vulgar and disrespectful. We can still bring the noise on game day without parents having to cover their kids ears. I don’t want our fan base to be known as people who sing the fight song so loud that you can audibly hear the profanity even on live TV. I want us to be known as the fan base who is respectful to the opposing team, but it still obnoxiously loud for 4 hours.

Some day down the road, I want to be able to bring my kids to Tech games to have a great time, and to share the game day experience with him or her without worrying about what he or she is going to hear. It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world to walk into the stadium and cheer on our beloved Red Raiders, and I don’t want anyone to leave that stadium with a negative lasting impression.

I am going to sound like a total politician here, but together, and only together, we can work to make our fight song great again. So, to anyone who is planning on attending a Tech game this year, please keep it classy. There will be kids and hopeful future Tech students all around you, and you should try your best to be a good influence on them.

I’ll be at every single home game this season, and if I hear anyone say it wrong (which I am expecting), I have no problem calling y’all out. I consider it my duty to respect this great university at all times. That being said, I will call you out every single time. Let the tortillas fly, but not the blue streaks.