Recognize That Tune? It's a Northern Accent of Georgia Football

The emigration of an abolitionist, pro-North Civil War strain to a football group in a Deep South fundamentally strikes some observers as odd.

Christian McWhirter, a historian from Canada who wrote “Battle Hymns,” a book about Civil War songs, pronounced that when he initial listened a Georgia chronicle during a football game, “It strike me like a ton of bricks.”

The tune’s tour demonstrates a energy to stir feelings of righteousness, no matter a piece of a words. And during a time when how to commemorate a Civil War is a divisive question, a melody’s dear standing among Georgia fans suggests that a enlightenment wars are not always a full-time struggle.

“Associating it with a ‘Battle Hymn of a Republic’ was not unequivocally something we did,” pronounced Harvey H. Jackson III, a historian of a South during Jacksonville State University who warranted his Ph.D during Georgia. “It was a college football quarrel song.”

Georgia football fans are not alone in co-opting a melody. The pro-labor intone “Solidarity Forever” is maybe a many widely famous adaptation. In northern England, certain fans sing “Glory, Glory Man United” for their favorite soccer team. In college sports there is “Glory, Glory Colorado,” as good as a less-used “Glory, Glory to Ole Auburn.”

The balance originated in a early 1800s with a hymn, “Grace Reviving a Soul,” according to a book “Battle Hymn of a Republic: A Biography of a Song That Marches On.” Its lyrics went, “Say brothers will we accommodate us,” 3 times, and then, “On Canaan’s happy shore.”


The rope typically plays dual versions of “Glory, Glory,” one quick and one slow, many times via a game.

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In a open of 1861, a soldiers of a Boston-based Union ordain pinned a balance to a lyrics: “John Brown’s physique lies a-mouldering in a grave/His essence is marching on.” It was an paper to a male who was hanged for raiding a Harpers Ferry Armory in criticism of labour not dual years earlier.


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Julia Ward Howe, a well-to-do Northern abolitionist and poet, listened a balance that autumn while watching Union infantry in Virginia. She motionless to prettify a lyrics, that had stretched to embody such lines as, “We’ll hang Jeff Davis from a green apple tree.”

She wrote 5 verses — commencement with a famous “Mine eyes have seen a excellence of a entrance of a Lord” — and submitted them to The Atlantic Monthly. The communication editor published them in a Feb 1862 emanate underneath a pretension “Battle Hymn of a Republic.” The lyrics became intensely renouned — Abraham Lincoln praised them — and remained widely famous after a quarrel had ended.

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“Glory, Glory” emerged during a time when football was usually gathering adult in a region, pronounced Bruce Schueneman, an author of an anthology of college quarrel songs. The initial diversion in a Deep South was played in 1892 between Georgia and Auburn (which competence explain since they both have versions of a song). There is a published anxiety to a being played during a 1906 ball deteriorate opener contra Clemson.

“There’s no approach we would use that balance in a late 19th or early 20th century though meaningful it’s a ‘Battle Hymn of a Republic,’” McWhirter said.

A expected reason for a Southern school’s adoption of a Northern song, historians say, was that it was a time of patriotism, quite around a Spanish-American War.

Besides, it is really, unequivocally catchy.

“They swindle these new lyrics onto it since it’s easy to do it,” McWhirter said. “That’s since this balance has always been popular.”

The strain was not a usually thing Southern football acolytes adopted. Football itself subsequent from a North, pronounced Wayne Flynt, a highbrow emeritus of story during Auburn, and was seen as a entertainment of a East Coast chosen that Southerners would do good to copy.

“They did what roughly anybody does when they’re tiptoeing into something new to them, though informed elsewhere: borrowing a manners from a North, a series of players, a thought of mottos and propagandize names and colors,” Flynt said.

But as a 20th century played out, a balance encountered some-more turmoil in a South. In 1937, a Daughters of a Confederacy called for a lyrics to be rewritten. At football games, pronounced McWhirter, a melody, either as a propagandize quarrel strain or as “Battle Hymn of a Republic,” was frequently offset with “Dixie,” that was increasingly used as a racially kaleidoscopic reverence to a Old South. At a University of Mississippi, “His law is marching on” would infrequently be altered to “The South shall arise again.”


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When a rope executive Roger Dancz inaugurated to mislay a word “Dixie” from a Redcoat Marching Band’s name in a 1971 season, he was hanged in effigy, pronounced Mark Maxwell, a Georgia entertainment archivist. A animation in a rope annual joked that “redcoat,” “marching” and “band” were also descent difference that would need to be removed. (“Redcoat” is not a British Army reference, as a satirists suggested, though a punning puncture during a opposition Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.)

These days, “Glory, Glory” has been embraced comprehensively. Since 1987, home games have incorporated an elaborate tradition in that a wail soloist in a stands starts to play a down-tempo version, that a rope calls “Slow Glory,” followed by a available inspirational debate about Georgia from a play-by-play announcer Larry Munson, who died in 2011.

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For lifelong Georgia fans, it is simply their quarrel song. On Monday night in Atlanta, it will paint zero some-more than a Bulldogs’ aspirations to better a Crimson Tide and explain a inhabitant championship.

“This is a balance that predates a Civil War to start with,” Bawcum said. “The war’s been over a prolonged time, and a U.S. won.”

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