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Songs of Iowa State

Songs of Iowa State University

The bells of Iowa State ring out over central campus, and we are daily reminded of the importance of music in our lives. Our songs help us give voice to our traditions.

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ISU Fight Song Rise Sons of Iowa State For "I", for "S"
Bells of Iowa State Alma Mater  

ISU Fight Song

O we will fight, fight, fight for Iowa State,
And may her colors ever fly.
Yes, we will fight with might for Iowa State,
With a will to do or die,
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Loyal sons forever true,
And we will fight the battle through.
And when we hit that line we'll hit it hard ev'ry yard for I. S. U.

Hear the ISU Cyclone Marching Band play The Iowa State Fight Song.

Rise Sons of Iowa State

Rise Sons of Iowa State

Fighting sons we sing to you,
Keep you spirit ringing true;
Make our valor carry on,
And you'll see the battle through,

Rise sons of Iowa State,
And proudly raise our flaming banner to the sky;
Lift our ringing challenge valiantly,
Let our fighting war cry ever be "Victory!"
Bold sons of Iowa State,
keep marching onward ever near the vic'try gate;
There to consecrate our everlasting loyalty.
Rise! Iowa State.

Hear the Iowa State singers perform Rise Sons of Iowa State.

For I, For S

For "I," For "S"

For "I", for "S", forever
For Iowa State all the way,
Let's go! To show them what the gang's all here for
Go! To show them how the Cyclones cheer.

For "I", for "S", forever
For Iowa State do it right!
It's time to climb up on the vict'ry wagon,
Fight! Iowa State, Fight! Fight!

Hear the ISU Cyclone Marching Band play For "I" for "S".

Bells of Iowa State

Bells of Iowa State

James C. Wilson (1900-1995) was a member of Iowa State's English faculty from 1928-1931.  He had to resign due to his lack of a Ph.D., and prior to his departure, he submitted a college song candidate for a song contest sponsored by the Iowa State Club of Chicago.

Jim and his wife, Alice, moved to Chicago where as he notes, "We (in addition to their two babies) had $212 in cash from my last paycheck, our five-year-old Chevrolet, and the tent."  He won first place with "The Bells of Iowa State," and the family was able to purchase a small cottage on Lake Michigan.

"When I wrote "The Bells of Iowa State," I thought then that it had much more depth and emotion than your basic football fight song," Wilson said.  "Its continuing popularity leaves me very pleased, not so much because it's my own song, but because it has had such a good effect on those who have been touched by it."  (The Iowa Stater, June 1983)

The "Bells of Iowa State"
Current Alma Mater

Green Hills for thy throne,
And for crown a golden melody,
Ringing in the hearts of all
Who bring thee love and loyalty.

Dear Alma Mater,
Make our spirits great,
True and valiant,
Like the Bells of Iowa State

Hear the ISU Cyclone Marching Band play The Bells of Iowa State.

Alma Mater

(Replaced by Bells of Iowa State)

Stately stands our Alma Mater
On the Western plain.
From her halls and to her glory
Raise we now our strain.

Gather now and lift her praises;
Sing them loud and free (true).
Come, ye loyal sons and daughters
Hail to I.S.C. (I.S.U.)

Hear the Iowa State Singers perform the Alma Mater.

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