The University of Arkansas Fight Song is celebrating
its one hundredth anniversary. This instantly
recognizable song has inspired many generations
of Razorbacks. Its up beat tune and lyrics
were written and arranged by a university
student and professor making the fight song
a uniquely Arkansas tradition.
My favorite part of the fight song would definitely
have to be the lyrics just because, you know,
it reminds us that Arkansas, we never yield.
It’s actually a really simple song.
It was written by a student at the university
by the name of William Douglas. He was an
engineering student but he was also a member
of the university orchestra.
Our fight song was first played by the cadet
band that eventually became the Razorback
The fight song brings us together as a family,
as a unit, and inspires us to do better.
I always like to hear it at the end of the
game because we have a happy, happy locker
room. That means we won the game.
Everybody’s excited. Peppy. And that’s whenever
you play it. It just elicits that sort of
For thousands and thousands and thousands
of students, alumni and fans, it is the rallying
It’s powerful. You know what’s coming. You
get up on your feet. You start cheering and
it just totally redefines the atmosphere in
When we’re playing the fight song in the big
A when the team takes the field, it’s just
so exciting. All the fans are on their feet
and we’re playing the fight song and it’s
just something you can’t describe. One of
the best feelings of my college career.
This Arkansas tradition has endured for one
hundred years, and will hopefully inspire
razorbacks for generations to come. For more
about the University of Arkansas visit ShortTakes.uark.edu