The Pitt Victory Song, one of the most popular and widely used fight songs of the University of Pittsburgh, is often played in conjunction with Hail to Pitt and the Panther Song. Lyrics were written by G. Norman Reis and Louis M. Fushan, music was written by Benjamin Levant. The song debuted in the Cap and Gown Clubs 1938 musical production entitled Pickets, although commonly performed at university events, few people today know the rarely heard first portion of the song that occurs before the chorus. However, the most common cheer that is used during Pitt-related events, which while perhaps derived from the songs lyrics, is often cheered even in absence of the song or music. During the 1940s Joseph Wood conducted a recording of a collection of songs entitled Songs of the University of Pittsburgh that featured Walter Scheff, Ralph Nyland, and Michael Stewart. Released on two 78-rpm discs by Republic records, the featured the Pitt Victory Song, as well as Hail to Pitt, the The Panther. Various compilations by the Pitt Band and Pitt Mens Glee Club have also produced that have included the Victory Song. Around the 1952-1953 school year, the Pitt Band and the Pitt Mens Glee Club collaborated to release a compilation songs entitled Songs of Pitt on RCA Victor Records. More recent compilations include Pitt Spirit released on cassette in 1989, Proudly Pittsburgh in 1997. The Victory Song is also included on Gameday Faves, Classic College Fight Songs Volume 8, as of 2010 the Victory Song is available for purchase in a variety of formats including compact discs, MP3s, and ringtones. The lyrics specifically reference and focuses on football and this reinforces the attention on, and popularity of, the universitys football team at the time of its writing. During the 1970s and 1980s, the rivalry was especially intense, during this period, words to the final portion of the song containing the bridge were substituted by students. The altered version without the bridge remains the version played by the Pitt Band to this day. However, the bridge was played as part of the Victory Chorale until 2015 where it was removed completely. A1938 printing of a book containing college songs shows a slight variation in verse from So lend a hand. That is described above to So give a hand, Hail to Pitt University of Pittsburgh Alma Mater Pitt Band Pitt Athletics Pitt football Pitt basketball University of Pittsburgh MP3 of the Pitt Victory Song Pitt Band
Benjamin Levant composed the music for the "Victory Song"
In the early 1950s, the Pitt Band and the Pitt Men's Glee Club cooperated with the RCA Victor recording company to release a compilation of Pitt songs entitled Songs of Pitt