Marching Mizzou performing at a football game, Photo by Karen Blaha via Flickr

 

There are three school songs every University of Missouri (Mizzou) student, alumni, and fan should know: the alma mater, the chant, and the fight song! They’re played by Marching Mizzou, also known as the “Big M of the Midwest”, at every Tiger football game, home and away. You’ll also hear them at other sporting events and during university activities performed by MU’s University Singers. You can find the lyrics for each of the Mizzou songs below.  

 

Alma Mater — “Old Missouri”

The UM alma mater, “Old Missouri,” was written in 1895 and expresses the love students have for their university.

First verse:

Old Missouri, fair Missouri

Dear old Varsity.

Ours are hearts that fondly love thee

Here’s a health to thee.

 

Chorus:

Proud art thou in classic beauty

Of thy noble past

With thy watch words: honour, duty,

Thy high fame shall last!

 

Second verse:

Every student, man and maiden

Swells the glad refrain.

‘Till the breezes, music-laden

Waft it back again.

 

Repeat Chorus

 

 

Chant — “Every True Son/Daughter”

“Every True Son/Daughter” and “Fight Tiger” were listed on Bleacher Report’s Top 50 College Football Fight Songs at number 32.

 

Every true son, so happy hearted,

Skies above us are blue,

There’s a spirit so deep within us,

Old Missouri here’s to you (RAH! RAH!).

When the band plays the Tiger war song,

And when the fray is through,

We will tramp, tramp, tramp around the Columns,

With a cheer for Old Mizzou!

 

HIT IT!

HOORAY, HURRAH, MIZZOU, MIZZOU!

HOORAY, HURRAH, MIZZOU, MIZZOU!

HOORAY, HURRAH, AND A BULLY FOR OLD MIZZOU,

RAH! RAH! RAH! RAH!

MIZZOU-RAH! MIZZOU-RAH! MIZZOU-RAH, TIGERS!

 

Fight Song — “Fight Tiger”

Find a PDF of the Mizzou fight song sheet music here. This is frequently sung when MU is on the defense or nearing a touchdown.

 

Fight, Tiger, fight for old Mizzou,

Right behind you, everyone is with you.

Break the line and follow down the field,

And, you’ll be, on the top, upon the top.

Fight, Tiger, you will always win,

Proudly keep the colors flying skyward.

In the end, we’ll win the victory,

So Tiger, fight for Old Mizzou!

 

 

In addition to the official songs, there is another chant tradition every student should know when attending a football game — the touchdown chant. After each touchdown, the student section chants “Miz!” followed by the alumni on the west side chanting, “Zou!” So when the Tigers score a touchdown, get ready to be loud and proud!