Sounds of Miami

The Alma Mater & Fight Song

Both the Alma Mater and Fight Song are important for students to know. These songs are played and sung at Miami athletic contests and other University events.

 

Miami University Fight Song & Alma Mater
Performed by Miami Men's Glee Club
"Straight Out of Oxford"

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Miami Fight Song
Love and honor to Miami
Our college old and grand,
Proudly we shall ever hail thee,
Over all the land

Alma mater now we praise thee,
Sing joyfully this lay,
Love and honor to Miami,
Forever and a day.

 

Old Miami, New Miami (Alma Mater)

MODERN VERSION

Old Miami from thy hillcrest,
Thou hast watched the decades roll;
Generations questing from thee,
Sturdy hearted, pure of soul.

Old Miami! New Miami!
Days of old and days to be;
Weave the story of thy glory,
Our Miami, here’s to thee!

Our Miami, you were founded
In our nation’s early days;
Now we join with generations
In this song of love and praise.

Old Miami! New Miami!
Days of old and days to be;
Weave the story of thy glory,
Our Miami, here’s to thee!


ORIGINAL VERSES by A.H. Upham

Old Miami from they hillcrest,
Thou hast watched the decades roll;
While thy sons have quested from thee,
Sturdy hearted, pure of soul.

Aging in thy simple splendor,
Thou the calm and they the storm;
Thou didst give them joy in conquest,
Strength from thee sustained their arm.

Now of late thyself envigored,
Larger usefulness awaits;
Hosts assemble for they blessing,
Youth and maiden throng they gate.

Thou shalt stand a constant beacon,
Crimson tow’rs against the sky;
Men shall ever seek thy guiding,
Pow’r like thine shall never die.

Chorus (between each verse and at end)
Old Miami! New Miami!
Days of old and days to be;
Weave the story of thy glory,
Our Miami, here’s to thee!

Additional verses added April 1989 (solicited from alumni, students, faculty, staff):
Our Miami, alma mater,
Ages old yet ever new;
Sons and daughters from your hillcrest
Roam the world, yet ne’er leave you.

You’ve embraced the generations,
Men and women, young and old;
Of all races, from all nations,
And your glory will be told.

Though the years may bring their changes,
Your bright lamp will ever burn;
Giving wisdom, truth, and knowledge
To each one who comes to learn.

Our Miami, you were founded
In our nation’s early days;
Now we join with generations
In this song of love and praise.


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