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Song of the Moment: On, Wisconsin!

"Tens of thousands of union supporters from Wisconsin and other states are engaged in an epic battle over what they see as a threat to the basic rights of workers to organize and bargain fair contracts," the Detroit Free Press reports.

"The 14 Wisconsin Democratic state senators in self-imposed exile are going to stick it out in northern Illinois even though conditions are far from ideal," the Ashland Current reports.

"The union protests that ballooned to nearly 70,000 people in Madison on Saturday have started spilling into other capitols, as well," AP reports.

Totally cool protest graphic spreads like wildfire!

On, Wisconsin.

Composed: 1909

Composer: Carl Beck

Wikipedia: "On, Wisconsin!" is the fight song of the Wisconsin Badgers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With modified lyrics, it is also the official state song of Wisconsin.

"On, Wisconsin!" was regarded by John Philip Sousa as "the finest of college marching songs."

An instrumental version of the song was used in the 1973 Disney animated film Robin Hood. During the fight scene where the music is played, Friar Tuck (portrayed as a badger) is cheering loudly.

The first four bars of the song can be heard in the Beach Boys 1963 hit song "Be True to Your School," about 1:05 minutes in.

Lyrics:

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN FIGHT SONG VERSION

On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Plunge right through that line!
* Run the ball clear down the field,
* A touchdown sure this time. (U rah rah)
On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Fight on for her fame
Fight! Fellows! - fight, fight, fight!
We'll win this game.

On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Stand up, Badgers, sing!
"Forward" is our driving spirit,
Loyal voices ring.
On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Raise her glowing flame
Stand, Fellows, let us now
Salute her name!

* Sometimes these lyrics are altered to say "Run the ball clear down the field, boys - touchdown sure this time!"

OFFICIAL STATE SONG VERSION

On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Grand old Badger State!
We, your loyal sons and daughters,
Hail thee, good and great.
On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Champion of the right,
"Forward", our motto,
God will give thee might!

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Previously in Song of the Moment:
* Iron Man
* The Story of Bo Diddley
* Teach Your Children
* Dream Vacation
* When The Levee Breaks
* I Kissed A Girl
* Theme From Shaft
* Rocky Mountain High
* North to Alaska
* Barracuda
* Rainy Days and Mondays
* Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
* Baby, It's Cold Outside
* Man in the Mirror
* Birthday Sex
* Rio
* My Sharona
* Alex Chilton
* Surfin' Bird
* By The Time I Get To Arizona
* Heaven and Hell
* Sunday Bloody Sunday
* Lawless One
* Tell It Like It Is
* The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
* Lake Shore Drive



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Posted on February 22, 2011


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