“Some maebuggh da bah da baaa . . . ba da SCHOOL THEY THINK SO GRAND!” said Jeffrey Phillips, senior class of 2014, as he uncomfortably tugged at his ear and stared at the floor.
While every Aggie who has been to a football game can recite the upbeat Aggie War Hymn, Phillips still struggles after four years to remember all the words to the almost as frequently sung but much less popular alma mater of Texas A&M University, “The Spirit of Aggieland”.
“I mean, it’s a nice song, but it’s hard to make out what exactly each word is when tens of thousands of people are shouting it out at the same time,” said Phillips, “and instead of spending effort on looking it up online, I’d rather just take four years of mumbling a couple of the lines while awkwardly glancing at the people standing next to me to see if they can tell I don’t know the words.”
Phillips’ friends were not aware of the fact that he did not know the words to the song. While they were quick to judge, they were also the first to admit that they were not entirely sure what it means to “boost all the rest” and if the yells afterwards are actually considered part of the song or if the yell leaders are just uncreative with what yells to use to follow up the alma mater.
Phillips questioned why we even refer to ourselves as “farmers” in the yell. He said that a farmer is one of the world’s lamest mascots and “isn’t that the whole reason we made up the word Aggie, so no one would realize our mascot is just a man with a penchant for carrots?”
However, if there’s one thing that Phillips is certain of, it’s that “we’ve got to fight,” even if he may not know “why the hell we say Texas A.M.C.”