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Faculty member proposes to change lyrics of Georgia Tech fight song

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Georgia Tech’s Fight Song “Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech” has been a school tradition for more than a century. Now a faculty member has created an online petition to modify the lyrics to make the song more inclusive for female students and faculty.

This is the argument made in the petition:

The Ramblin’ Wreck lyrics first appeared in print in 1908, at a time when women were not allowed to vote and could not attend Georgia Tech as students. The lyrics include the phrase:

“Oh! If I had a daughter, sir, I’d dress her in white and gold,
and put her on the campus to cheer the brave and bold.”

These lyrics do not reflect the significant achievements of women at Georgia Tech, who make up a growing fraction of students and faculty alike.

We propose to sing one word differently in the Ramblin’ Wreck lyrics: changing “cheer” to “join:”

“Oh! If I had a daughter, sir, I’d dress her in white and gold,
and put her on the campus to join the brave and bold.”

As of Friday afternoon, more than 1,600 people have signed the petition. There is also a counter petition online demanding the fight song not be changed. As of Friday, it had about 2,500 signatures.

“I personally always assumed the brave and bold to be the football team and since we have a single gender football team I’m not sure if it is 100% necessary,” contended Tech student Kevin Baker.

“I like it how it is personally – but I guess I could see the different points,” shared student Peter Toms.

The school sent CBS46 this statement about the fight song:

“Based on an old English and Scottish drinking song, it is a reflection of the time in which it was written and is a historical document… there are no plans to change the fight song at this time.”

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