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Fight Songs
Boomer SoonerArthur M. Alden, in 1905 student,  wrote the lyrics to the fight song. The music for the song in a mix from Yale University's 'Boola Boola' & North Carolina's 'I'm a Tarheel Born'. One of the most recognizable college fight songs in the country, 'Boomer Sooner' immediately evokes enthusiasm from OU fans.Links to mp3s from Boomer Sooner (without intro) Boomer Sooner (with intro) Boomer Sooner (older)  Lyrics:Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner Boomer Sooner, OK U! Oklahoma, Oklahoma Oklahoma, Oklahoma Oklahoma, Oklahoma Oklahoma, OK U! I'm a Sooner born and Sooner bred and when I die, I'll be Sooner dead Rah Oklahoma, Rah Oklahoma Rah Oklahoma, OK U!Oklahoma! Perhaps, the most popular and recognizable state song in history. Oklahoma! is the final chorus of one of the must succesfull broadway musicals of all time, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma. Breaking all Broadway box office records when it opened in 1943, and running for 40 years, Oklahoma! was the first collaboration between the legendary pair who were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their seminal work. Links to mp3s from  Oklahoma! (without intro) Oklahoma! (with intro) Lyrics:Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet When the wind comes right behind the rain. Oklahoma, Ev'ry night my honey lamb and I Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk Makin' lazy circles in the sky. We know we belong to the land And the land we belong to is grand! And when we say: Ee-ee-ow! A-yip-i-o-ee-ay! We're only sayin', You're doin' fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma, O-K!O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A! O.K. OklahomaIn 1939, Fred Waring, a popular singer in the 1930s, was on the NBC Red Radio Network. As was the habit in those days, the program was named after its sponsor, the Chesterfield Hour.As part of a Sponsor's promotion, Waring would compose a new fight song for any college or university whose students or faculty submitted enough signatures on a petition. The University of Oklahoma students rose to the challenge in 1939, and in response, Waring composed the music and lyrics to  O.K. Oklahoma.Played in almost every game since its debut on Radio on December 1, 1939, it remains a lesser known an unheralded OU fight song, possibly due to its commercial beginings.Links to mp3s from  O.K. Oklahoma (modern) O.K. Oklahoma (1939 version)Lyrics:We'll march down the field with our heads held high,Determined to win any battle we're in,We'll fight with all our might for the Red and White.March on, march on down the field for a victory is nigh.You know we came to win the game for Oklahoma,And so we will or know the reason why! We'll march down the field with our heads held high,With ev'ry resource we'll hold to the course,And pledge our heart and soul to reach the goal.March on, march on down the field as we sing the battle cry.Dig in and fight for the Red and White of Oklahoma,So we'll take home a victory or die! 

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