Alma Mata Anthem
Words and Music
Annie Lisle is the name of an
1857 ballad by Boston, Massachusetts songwriter
H. S. Thompson and published by
Oliver Ditson & Co. It is about the death of a young
maiden, by what some have
speculated to be tuberculosis, although the lyric does not
explicitly mention TB
(or consumption, as it was known by at the time).
The song might have slipped into obscurity had the tune not been adopted by countless
colleges, universities, and high schools worldwide as their respective alma mater songs.
The first college to have used the tune in
a spirit song seems to have been
Cornell University. In 1870, students Archibald
Weeks and Wilmot Smith wrote
"Far Above Cayuga's Waters" and used an adaptation
of Thompson's melody.
Many other colleges, almost certainly influenced by
have used since created their own renditions.
Words To GHS Anthem
back to alma mater
In the South of old Missouri
"Neath the sun's warm glow,
"Tis the home of Gideon High School
Finest Place we know.
May we cherish thy tradition,
Hold thy banner high
Ever guard thy Name in glory,
Live and do or die.
Gideon Seniors 1959
Copyright © 2001 by [Gideon Seniors 1959]. All rights reserved.
06/03/09 15:20:31 -0700.