Swaying during the alma mater

Submitted by jmblue on March 11th, 2011 at 10:10 PM

When did it become de rigueur for our students/fans to lock arms and sway during the singing of "the Yellow and Blue"?  I know it's always been played after games, but I don't remember the swaying.  I know ND does that.  Did we copy them?



March 11th, 2011 at 10:17 PM ^

throughout my 4 years that ended somewhat recently...I only remember it at basketball games though...And there were only like 20-30ish people that would stay that long after the games...

LSA Superstar

March 11th, 2011 at 10:34 PM ^

This is really really really melodramatic but I remember tearing up doing it at my last basketball home game against Purdue back in 2009. We did it all four years I was at U of M.

Section 1

March 11th, 2011 at 10:35 PM ^

I sort of hate the idea of doing anything the way they do them at O-HI-O or Our Lady of Northern Indiana.  But if it gets youngsters to actually learn the words to The Yellow and Blue, then I'm mildly impressed.  It'd be better if you could do it without swaying.

M Fanfare

March 11th, 2011 at 10:54 PM ^

I always get disbelieving looks when I sing along to Varsity and the entire "Victors." My next goal is to learn the other two verses of "The Yellow and Blue" (I still can't understand why we sing the first verse and not the third--the first is about yellow, the second is about blue, and the third is about both colors and the college).


March 12th, 2011 at 12:15 AM ^

I suppose the third verse might be deemed sexist, or something, with the lines "Here's to the maid of the golden hair / And eyes that are brimming with blue!"  (The AAUM website actually doesn't even mention the third verse.)    

The full lyrics: 

Sing to the colors that float in the light;

Hurrah for the Yellow and Blue!

Yellow the stars as they ride through the night

And reel in a rollicking crew;

Yellow the field where ripens the grain

And yellow the moon on the harvest wain;


Hail to the colors that float in the light

Hurrah for the Yellow and Blue!

Blue are the billows that bow to the sun

When yellow-robed morning is due.

Blue are the curtains that evening has spun

The slumbers of Phoebus to woo;

Blue are the blossoms to memory dear

And blue is the sapphire and gleams like a tear;


Hail to the ribbons that nature has spun;

Hurrah for the Yellow and Blue!

Here's to the college whose colors we wear,

Here's to the hearts that are true!

Here's to the maid of the golden hair,

And eyes that are brimming with blue!

Garlands of bluebells and maize intertwine,

And hearts that are true and voices combine;


Hail to the college whose colors we wear;

Hurrah for the Yellow and Blue!


March 11th, 2011 at 11:01 PM ^

All of us in section 17 at yost started doing it this season. A few of us were singing the Yellow and Blue after the team leaves the ice for the past few seasons, but it has really started becoming standard for all of our games this season.