There Goes Old Georgetown

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Hoya cheerleaders at an NCAA basketball game

"There Goes Old Georgetown" (Listen) is the unofficial name of the Georgetown University sports teams' fight song. It is also known as simply "Georgetown Fight Song".[1] It is actually an amalgamation of three songs, only the oldest of which, 1913's "The Touchdown Song", contains the lyric "here goes old Georgetown". Onto a version of this was added "Cheer for Victory", written in 1915, and "The Hoya Song", written in 1930, both of which are included in their entirety.[2] The authors of these songs, and of the combined version, are unknown.[3] Although some effort has been taken to change the song, no serious proposal has come forth.[4][5]


Georgetown's fight song is rare among U.S. university fight songs for mentioning other colleges by name, generally rivals of Georgetown in the early to mid-20th century.[6] Specifically, it mentions Yale University, Harvard University, Princeton University, College of the Holy Cross, the United States Naval Academy, and Cornell University, and mocks their fight songs. In the late 20th and early 21st century, the Hoyas only played Cornell and Holy Cross regularly in football, and many of these schools no longer used the fight songs that Georgetown's song mocks.[7] By 2015, rowing was the only sport in which Georgetown athletes competed against all colleges named in the fight song. The song lacks references to Big East Conference rivals, such as Villanova.[8]

During men's and women's basketball games, the line "Straight for a touchdown" is typically changed to "Straight for a rebound," which allows the rhyme to continue.[9] In some editions, both the football and basketball versions are sung back to back, while others repeat the first two verses.[10] The final verse is usually followed by a call and response of the school cheer, "Hoya Saxa." Anyone can start the Georgetown fight song by asking a large group of Hoyas, "How long's it been?" The group will reply with the fight song. With a properly motivated Hoya crowd, starting and holding the long low base note of "It's…" will also work.[original research?]


The song is typically performed at athletics events by the Georgetown University Pep Band, but is also used at other large university occasions.[11][12] Campus music groups such as The Georgetown Chimes use the song regularly in their performances.[13] In 2006, Georgetown students produced a film, Georgetown Forever, which brings to life different elements of the fight song.[14] The fight song has also been parodied by campus groups such as the Georgetown Solidarity Committee.[15] Though freshmen often memorize the lyrics as part their first week's activities,[16] the song is notoriously difficult to learn,[4] and accurate performance of the fight song is required for membership in certain spirit groups, such as Hoya Blue and the Jack Crew.[17][18]

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  1. ^ "Fight Song and Alma Mater". Georgetown University Alumni Association. 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Georgetown Traditions: The Songs". Retrieved March 4, 2007.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ Studwell 1998, p. 8
  4. ^ a b Bayer, Michael (October 22, 2003). "Hoya Hoya Saxa". The Georgetown Independent. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ Colligan, Danny (October 22, 2003). "Hoya Hoya Suxa". The Georgetown Independent. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ Stewart & Zeysing 2010, p. 35
  7. ^ "It's Been So Long … That We Might As Well Keep Singing the Fight Song". Newspaper. The Hoya. 24 August 2001. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Tannenwald, Jonathan (February 11, 2008). "Villanova-Georgetown pregame". Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2009.  External link in |work= (help)
  9. ^ Planchard, Jeff (October 27, 2006). "Homecoming Tradition is Indispensible at GU". The Hoya. Retrieved February 5, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Georgetown Fight Song". Georgetown University Athletics Site. 2007. Retrieved March 4, 2007.  External link in |work= (help)
  11. ^ "About Us". Hoya Blue. 2009. Retrieved February 5, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Georgetown University Students, Faculty, Staff & Fans Honors Men's Basketball Team During Afternoon Celebration on Campus". Georgetown University Athletics. April 2, 2007. Retrieved February 4, 2009. 
  13. ^ Shine, Tim (February 11, 2010). "Chiming in: When you're a Chime, you're a Chime all the way". The Georgetown Voice. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Story". Georgetown Forever. April 22, 2006. Archived from the original on September 25, 2008. Retrieved February 4, 2009. 
  15. ^ Heydemann, Sarah David (2009). "Living Wage Fight Song!". Georgetown Solidarity Committee. Archived from the original on February 28, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  16. ^ Malliet, Richmond & Wilson 2011, p. 98
  17. ^ Leader, Jamie (January 19, 2007). "What's a Hoya? Who Knows? Who Cares?". The Hoya. Retrieved February 5, 2009. [permanent dead link]
  18. ^ Kinzie, Susan (March 30, 2007). "Hoyas' Mascot Laps Up The Love". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 17, 2008. 


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