Auburn Tradition | Fight Song
Auburn's fight song, War Eagle, was introduced at the beginning of the 1955 football season and has served as the official fight song ever since. The Auburn University Marching Band plays the fight song throughout games and immediately following scores. The song also rings from the Samford Hall clock tower every day at noon:
War Eagle, fly down the field,
Ever to conquer, never to yield.
War Eagle, fearless and true.
Fight on you orange and blue.
Go! Go! Go!
On to vict'ry, strike up the band.
Give 'em hell, give 'em hell,
Stand up and yell, hey!
War Eagle, win for Auburn,
Power of Dixieland!
The Auburn Band had been playing the Auburn Victory March as a fight song for decades. But in 1954, Auburn supporter Roy B. Sewell thought that the old tune was outdated and something new was in order. After several failed attempts from students and fans, Sewell commissioned two New York songwriters named Robert Allen and Al Stillman to write the words and music for a new fight song.
Thus War Eagle was born as the new Auburn fight song. Roy Sewell wrote, "Boy, we have a peach of a song," and the new tune was premiered at the Auburn football season-opener on September 24, 1955.
The Auburn Alma Mater was composed by Bill Wood in 1942 with word revision in 1960:
On the rolling plains of Dixie 'neath the sun-kissed sky,
Proudly stands our Alma Mater, banners high.
To thy name we'll sing the praise, from hearts that love so true,
And pledge to thee our loyalty the ages through.
We hail thee, Auburn, and we vow to work for thy just fame,
And hold in memory as we do now thy cherished name.