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Husky Spirit Songs

Washington's fight song 'Bow Down to Washington' was written by Lester Wilson in 1915. Wilson, who could not read music, is said to have written the song in response to a fight song contest in Washington's student newspaper The Daily. Wilson pulled an all-nighter on the eve of the contest deadline, refining the song on the piano while a friend put the music to paper. The song made its debut at the UW's game vs. Cal in Berkeley on Nov. 6, 1915, sparking the Huskies to a 72-0 win. The song has earned acclaim worldwide, even leading the San Diego Journal to state, "It is generally agreed that 'Bow Down' is the greatest college fighting song." Following are the lyrics to the tune, which Husky students and alumni proudly sing at Husky sporting events.

Bow Down To Washington

Bow Down to Washington

Bow Down to Washington,
Bow Down to Washington,
Mighty Are The Men
Who Wear the Purple and the Gold,
Joyfully We Welcome Them
Within the Victors Fold.
We Will Carve Their Names
In the Hall of Fame
To Preserve the Memory of Our Devotion.
Heaven Help the Foes of Washington;
They're Trembling at the Feet
Of Mighty Washington,
The Boys Are There With Bells,
Their Fighting Blood Excels,
It's Harder to Push Them Over the Line
Than Pass the Dardanelles.
Victory the Cry of Washington...
Leather Lungs Together
With a Rah! Rah! Rah!
And O'er the Land
Our Loyal Band
Will Sing the Glory
Of Washington Forever.

Alma Mater

To her we sing who keeps the ward
O'er all her sons from sea to sea
Our alma mater Washington
A health, a health we give to thee
Child of the mighty western land
You're the mother of a mighty race
Silent her gentle vigil holds
In strength, purity and grace
All hail! O Washington!
Thy sons and daughters sing glad acclaim
Through years of youth and loyalty
And still in age we sing they fame
In honor thy towers stand
The battlements shine in dawning light
And glow again in sunset rays
All hail! O Washington!

Victory for Washington

Vict'ry for Washington

Vict'ry for Washington
For the purple and the gold
Vict'ry for Washington
Hear the Husky cry of old to win
The Husky pack is fighting on again
Hear the loyal rooters sing
Vict'ry for Washington
Our Alma Mater will ring.

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