Up With The White And Gold
By Clenaure Carter
The time is right around the corner. College athletes soon will lace their cleats and strap their helmets preparing for the season.
The sounds of the student body, horns and drum beats soon will fill the air as excitement rises at Bobby Dobbs Stadium in Atlanta. Bright lights will shine as the White and Gold Yellow Jackets take the field ready for battle. Ramblin' Wreck pride and tradition will take center stage from the youngest fan to the eldest almni member. Georgia Tech chapters and sororities will take their traditional place, but one of the most storied traditions is the one you will see here in the Saturday night lights.
"Up With the White and Gold" is deeply enriched in the spirit of competition and tradition. Up With the White and Gold is the title of one of Georgia Tech's two fight songs. Long lathered in tradition and recorded in 1920 by Frank Roman, the song title references school colors and the lyrics include a reference to Ga. Tech's long-standing tradition with in-state rival Georgia.
"Oh well up with the white and gold,down with the red and black
Georgia Tech is out for a victory
We'll drop the battle axe on Georgia's head
When we meet her our team is sure to beat her
Down on the old farm there will be no sound
Till our bow-wows rip through the air
When the battle is over Georgia's team will be found
With the Yellow Jackets swarming around!"
When the Yellow Jackets score a field goal or touchdown, the band pipes fill the air. Georgia Tech tradition means the full 55,000-seat capacity sings along. In addition to "Up With the White and Gold" getting belched out during scoring performances, Tech's oldest fight song "The Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech" also fills the air at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Published in 1908 and created by the group Son of Gamboliers, "The Ramblin Wreck from Georgia Tech" has received national and global notoriety. Gregory Peck sings the lyrics in the movie The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. John Wayne recalls the tune in the High and Mighty, and it played during the vice-presidential visit of Richard Nixon in Moscow 1958.
The college football season brings out the best in school pride and tradition not just here at Georgia Tech but at all higher institutes of education. This is the time of year when bands play, drums beat and horns blow while the student body engages in fight songs full of pride. Down with the red and black ... Oh well up with the white and gold. Georgia Tech's fight songs embolden the spirit, tradition and fight of the student body and Ramblin' Wreck football.