Traditions

    IU Songs


    Indiana, Our Indiana
    Words by Russell P. Harker, Melody taken from "The Viking March", by Karl L. King

    Indiana's most recognized fight song, "Indiana, Our Indiana," was first performed by the IU Band in November, 1912 at a football game against Northwestern. The song has since been played at every Indiana football and basketball game.

    Indiana, Our Indiana
    Indiana, we're all for you
    We will fight for
    the Cream & Crimson,
    For the glory of Old IU
    Never daunted, we cannot falter
    In the battle, we're tried and true
    Indiana, Our Indiana
    Indiana, we're all for you!

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    Hail to Old IU
    Words by J.T. Giles

    Indiana's official Alma Mater song, "Hail to Old IU" was first performed on March 10, 1893 in Indianapolis. J.T. Giles, who organized the IU glee club wrote the words to a Scottish song in order to give the Hoosiers a school song for a performance at a state contest. The song has been a mainstay at Indiana events since that day.

    Come and join in song together,
    Shout with might and main;
    Our beloved Alma Mater,
    Sound her praise again.
    Gloriana Frangipana, E'er to her be true.
    She's the pride of Indiana,
    Hail to Old IU!

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    Indiana Fight
    Words and music by Leroy C. Hinkle

    Indiana's popular fight song melody today, the words to this song are rarely sung at an Indiana sporting event. The crowd usually just sings " GO! IU! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! Indiana, we're all for you!" at the end of the song.

    Fight for the Cream and Crimson,
    Loyal sons of our old IU
    Fight for your Alma Mater,
    and the school you love so true.
    Fight for old Indiana,
    See her victories safely through,
    GO! IU! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
    For the glory of old IU.

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    Chimes of Indiana
    Words and music by Hoagy Carmichael

    This song was composed by Indiana legend Hoagy Carmichael. In 1937, the class of '35 presented this song to the University as a gift. The song was proposed as an official Alma Mater for many years before the Alumni Association officially adopted it as such in 1978.

    Sing these chimes of Indiana,
    Hail to the crimson hue;
    Sing her praise to Gloriana,
    Hail to our old IU
    Lift your voices, join in loyal chorus
    Let your heart rejoice in praise of those before us,
    Sing these chimes of Indiana,
    Ever to her be true!

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