Monday, November 5, 2007

Ode to Roger Staubach ... Anchors Aweigh

On Saturday Navy beat Notre Dame 46-44 in triple overtime. It was the first time the Midshipmen had beaten the Irish since 1963, when Jolly Roger Staubach was the Navy quarterback.

In honor of the occasion, here are a few words about Navy's ever-stirring fight song.
To "weigh anchor" is to bring an anchor aboard a vessel in preparation for departure. The phrase "anchor's aweigh" is an acknowledgment to the commander that this procedure has been completed.
"Anchors Aweigh" was composed in 1906 by a longtime Naval Academy bandmaster named Charles Zimmerman and Alfred Hart Miles '07. It was first played during the 1906 Army-Navy game at Franklin Field, Philadelphia. There have been many lyrics over the years, but the most commonly heard are from the current verse 2:
Anchors Aweigh my boys
Anchors Aweigh
Farewell to college joys (or "Farewell to foreign shores")
We sail at break of day day day day
Through our last night ashore
Drink to the foam
Until we meet once more
Here's wishing you a happy voyage home!

Click to hear "Anchors Aweigh."

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