Notre Dame Music
Just about every community uses music as a joyful way to express its solidarity, and the Notre Dame community is no different. Besides the official, high-profile presentations of music by the Band of the Fighting Irish, its subgroups and the Glee Club, plus the harmonious physicality of the cheerleaders, student clubs like the Pom Squad, the Bagpipe Band, and the Undertones express their enthusiasm through music at various points during the weekend. Moreover, the entire community of students, parents, faculty, alumni, staff, and friends of Notre Dame are likely to get caught up in song when they hear the Alma Mater and the Notre Dame Victory March. Speaking of alumni, Glee Club alumni often participate in the closing numbers of the group’s Joyce Center Fieldhouse concert on Saturdays, and many hundreds of alumni from the Band return every few years to participate again. Enjoy these times when the music is multiplied.
Alma Mater Notre Dame, Our Mother
Notre Dame, our Mother
Tender, strong and true
Proudly in the heavens,
Gleams thy gold and blue.
Glory’s mantle cloaks thee
Golden is thy fame
And our hearts forever
Praise thee, Notre Dame.
And our hearts forever,
Love thee, Notre Dame.
Notre Dame Victory March
It’s not a fight song. It’s the Victory March. Real Irish fans get it right.
Rally sons of Notre Dame:
Sing her glory and sound her fame,
Raise her Gold and Blue
And cheer with voices true:
Rah, rah, for Notre Dame
We will fight in every game,
Strong of heart and true to her name
We will ne’er forget her
And will cheer her ever
Loyal to Notre Dame
Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame,
Wake up the echoes cheering her name,
Send a volley cheer on high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky.
What though the odds be great or small
Old Notre Dame will win over all,
While her loyal sons are marching
Onward to victory.
Hike, Notre Dame
The march is on
No brain or brawn,
Can stop the charge of fighting men,
Loud sings the cry,
A grim defy,
Of hard attack let loose again.
O it’s hike, hike, hike to victory,
The call to rise and strike,
For Notre Dame men are winning,
When Notre Dame hears hike, hike, hike.
Hark to the cheering
Songs rising high,
Hark, hark to the roar,
As her ranks go marching by!
Shoulder to shoulder,
Chanting her glorious name,
Burn high your fires,
And sing along for Notre Dame.
When Irish Backs Go Marching By
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Up! Notre Dame men answer the cry
Gathering foemen fling to the sky
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Brave hosts advancing challenging your name
March to the battle, Notre Dame!
And when the Irish backs go marching by
The cheering thousands shout their battle cry:
For Notre Dame men are marching into the game,
Fighting the fight for you, Notre Dame
And when the Irish line goes smashing through
They’ll sweep the foemen’s ranks away;
When Notre Dame men fight for Gold and Blue,
Then Notre Dame men will win the day.
Down the Line
On down the line! Beside the glory of her name.
On down the line! Beneath the colors of an ancient fame.
On down the line! Another day for her proclaim.
Old Gold and Blue – You’re going through -
Go down the line for Notre Dame.