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It was October 25th 1902, and the Ohio State Buckeyes had traveled to old Ferry Field in Ann Arbor to play the Michigan Wolverines. On this sun drenched bueatifull early Fall day, our beloved Buckeyes got blasted by the Maize and Blue 86-0....so bad was the defeat and out of hand got the play, that the officials stopped the game and called it, only half way thru the 2nd half.
In attendance that day was Fred Cornell who had been a member of the OSU Mens Glee Club in 1900. Fred was enthralled about the Michigan song "The Yellow And Blue", which was sung at the contest and seemed to lift the Michigan throng and players in attendance...he could not get it out of his mind, and as he boarded a train for the long ride back to Columbus he thought how the Buckeyes needed their own song, and a S & G Alma mater(i.e. the term or words alma mater are Latin and mean essentually "nourshing mother"...or what is most dear to us, in this case a university we love or cherish).
On the train Cornell wrote some thoughts and words down on paper as he could not get
get out of his mind that Ohio State needed its own song to inspire them after such a terrible defeat. He did not act on that idea at that time, but kept his notes, but a year later in 1903 he sit down and fully wrote the words to Carmen Ohio, as the Glee Club was now looking for an "alma mater".
At that time it was reported that others also tried their hand at writing an acceptable alma mater for the Buckeyes and many entires were submitted by men and women to be used.
In an off campus event, on New years eve of 1903, Carmen Ohio was first performed....it did not gain popularity at first even when sang at football games, but when the tune got changed to the Spanish March, it took off as the official and beloved Ohio State Alma Mater.
By 1918 "Carmen Ohio" was being played on the chimes of Orton Hall on the Oval, daily at 4:30pm following taps....it was first officially recorded on a record in 1921.
Which one of you true Buckeyes have not had a tear come to your eye as you belt out the words in that song.."the seasons pass the years will roll, time and change will shurley show, how firm that friendship O-H-I-O.!! Go Bucks! Geezee I love this school!
This post was edited by Bigjimmie 18 months ago
A side note....remembering back into Buckeye history at games I attended in the late 40's and 50's..."the alma mater", was almost always only performed at half time, at the close of the bands half time show.....today, and with the tradition set up by Jim Tressel..it is sung at the south end of the stadium as the players line up facing the south end right after the game.
In the recent years, it to may have been sung during the half time or maybe occassionally pre-game. I know it is very hard for me to sing it witout getting choked up and teary eyed!
I guess since OSU is my "alma mater" I can do that..ha ha..
every time I hear it big jimmie!
Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
-- Dean Wormer
The tune comes from a Spanish chant written in the 17th century. It was composed as an Anglican hymn in 1826 and is still in the Episcopal hymnal today as "Savior when in dust to thee..."
This post was edited by saludabuck 18 months ago
My youngest child's name is Alexandra Carmen. My wife and I couldn't decide on either name. She was born in Feb 07. The day of the '06 M*ch*gan game, I told my wife I had a great feeling we would win. I asked her if they win, could we use Carmen for her middle name. And the rest is history...
thanks for your replies---I was amazed when I was researching Carmen Ohio to find out it had other verses( 3 total)...but of course..we only sing the first one....and the one I consider the best.....
Yeah, our church organist was playing the "hymm" before services on the Sunday after we beat TSUN last Nov. Hee, Hee. Oh, it's a Lutheran church. OK, a Buckeye Lutheran church.
Oops, sounds like I'm trying to start a new denomination.
This post was edited by Steverino 18 months ago
I have been a member of Bucknuts for a year now and only read the articles and boards to keep up on the goings on with the Buckeyes. I grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio and moved to Tallahassee Florida when I was 27. I have followed the Buckeyes faithfully and really enjoy most of the posts on this site. I actually have Carmen Ohio, Hang on Sloopy (several versions) and The Buckeye Battle Cry on my Ipod and listen to them every morning on the way to work. It was great reading your post and I thank you for posting it. I miss and cherish everything Ohio (minus the snow). Go BUCKS!
I have never attended the school and the two times I have been in the shoe while singing I still get tears in my eyes. This song embodies everything good about our home state I miss living there and would move back if it weren't for my wife's career and our kids being established here. Gotta be close when grandkids start coming along.
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