The "Minnesota Rouser" is the fight song of the University of Minnesota. A fight song is primarily an American and Canadian sports term referring to a Song associated with a team The University of Minnesota Twin Cities ( U of M or The U) is the oldest and largest part of the University of Minnesota system. It is played at all Minnesota Golden Gophers games. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are the college sports team for the University of Minnesota.
It was the subject of a 1909 contest held by the Minnesota Daily and the Minneapolis Tribune to write a suitable song for Minnesota football games, to replace the hymnlike "Hail! Minnesota". The Minnesota Daily is the campus Newspaper of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, published every Weekday while school is in session and The Star Tribune (also Star Trib or Strib, as it is often referred to is the largest Newspaper in the U American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with A hymn is a type of Song, usually religious specifically written for the purpose of praise adoration or Prayer, and typically addressed to a deity/deities " Hail! Minnesota " (also simply called " Minnesota " in early years is the State song of Minnesota, and a variation is used as a The song was written by Floyd Hutsell, then the choir director of First Methodist Episcopal Church in Minneapolis. He originally included a verse, but only the refrain is sung today. Hutsell is best known outside Minnesota as "Robert LaMar," a prominent vaudeville and operetta actor and producer. The song was originally titled, "Minnesota, Hats Off To Thee," but eventually became known as simply the "Minnesota Rouser. "
Ironically, William T. Purdy wrote another song written for the contest, "Minnesota, Minnesota. " He withdrew it from the contest at the last minute, and entered it for a similar contest at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, under the title "On Wisconsin. "On Wisconsin!" is the fight song of the Wisconsin Badgers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "
Minnesota, hats off to thee!
To thy colors true we shall ever be,
Firm and strong, united are we.
Rah, rah, rah, for Ski-U-Mah,
Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah!
Rah for the U of M.
(The phrase 'Ski-U-Mah' was part of an early cheer for the U of M. )
Gopher fans traditionally thrust their fists in the air during the spell-out, and twirl their index fingers during the yell.
The Boston-based rock orchestra, The Wings of Fire Orchestra, uses a variation of the U. of Minnesota Rouser on the song Connorfool (from Bullfighter Ballet, 2006).
|University of Minnesota School Songs|
|"Minnesota Rouser" • "Minnesota March" • "Go Gopher Victory" • "Our Minnesota" • "Minnesota Fight" • "Hail! Minnesota" • "Battle Hymn of the Republic"|