One of the curiosities for me as a University of Florida undergraduate who loved all things Gator was this question: Why aren’t we singing the fight song? Why are we just rhythmically clapping along to the tune? Urban Meyer, to his everlasting credit, apparently asked the same question and changed that glaring error.
To a degree.
Now, we sing the chorus. Which obviously makes no real sense standing on its own, thus begging the question – why the heck can’t we, and don’t we, sing the first stanza?
In the column I provided an example of the old-school fight song being performed in a symphonic arrangement:
If you listened closely, you know it's a great fight song, with one caveat. I also gave a link to what clearly is the tune our fight song was modeled after -- the United States Military Academy's On, Brave Old Army Team.
So, what was the caveat? In the column I argued the fight song had one anachronistic line -- For Dixie's rightly proud of you -- that should immediately be changed to For Florida's rightly proud of you. That's the way I sing it now, and have for years. With that change, we could go back to singing what is a classic fight song without shame or controversy. The University of Miami routinely played Dixie at their football games until their University president banned it in 1968. We obviously stopped singing our fight song, for what was probably similar reasons, in the 1970s.
The upshot? Fix that one word, then go back to singing the true fight song with gusto.