Letters to the Editor

Fight song edit

May 4, 2011


To the editor:

When Nebraska deserted the Big 12, one line in the Kansas University fight song, “I’m a Jayhawk,” became obsolete: “Husk some corn and listen to the Cornhuskers wail.” An alternative has been suggested and tried out at some events: “Hook some horns and listen to the Red Raiders wail.”

I think that substitute line is not very satisfactory for two reasons. First “Red Raiders wail” is a tongue twister, as can be easily demonstrated by trying it out. It comes out variously as “wed waders rail,” “red waders wail” etc. More substantively, Texas Tech is a relatively recent KU rival. Not to demean their importance, but I think it would be more appropriate to cite one of our historical Big 8 rivals.

The first line of the bridge of our fight song is directed at Missouri: “Got a bill that’s big enough to twist the Tiger’s tail.” So how about citing K-State in the next line: “Catch some ‘Cats and listen to the K-Staters wail”? Thereby our fight song would highlight our two prime conference opponents — Missouri and K-State — and eliminate the tongue twister.


cato_the_elder 6 years, 7 months ago

Outstanding suggestion. This would be an opportunity for our new AD to exhibit leadership and adopt an excellent idea from one of our most distinguished KU professors.

Jonathan Becker 6 years, 7 months ago

The critiqued line "hook some Horns and listen to the Red Raiders wail" makes no sense. "Hook 'em Horns" is a reference to the Texas Longhorns and the sobriquet that goes with the hand gesture of Texas fans that begins with a fist and the thumb and small finger extended as a symbol of longhorns. Why would the hooking of some Horns - a defeat of the University of Texas - cause a wail in one of it's arch rivals, the Red Raiders of Texas Tech University? I will concede there is a great deal of pride among the Texas institutions in each other, but that pride is left at the admissions gate, come game time. Stan's edit makes infinitely more sense and acknowledges our own intense rivalry with K-State, rather than some mishmash reference that fails to distinguish two Texas rivals.

Sara Garlick 6 years, 7 months ago

Don't edit the song. It's part of history and one of the oldest fight songs. KU shouldn't have to change "I'm a Jayhawk" just because Nebraska was stupid enough to leave The Big 12. Heck NU was part of the original Big 6.

friendlyjhawk 6 years, 7 months ago

All the world shaking events going on right now and you take the time to think about the KU Fight song?

mr_right_wing 6 years, 7 months ago

I'd deffinately consider this a much more critical issue than the 'royal wedding'.

But, compared to the death of Osama, and over 300 killed by tornadoes in the south...that's a different story.

Bin Laden's death did have that extra bonus...knocked the 'royal wedding' out of the headlines!

kantubek 6 years, 7 months ago

You're a couple months late.

There was a contest to rewrite the fight song, why didn't you participate if you care so much?

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