103. “Bull Dog Dirge”


The anti-Yale “Bull Dog Dirge” was one of many Princeton fight songs in the early twentieth century. “Bring on the mourners and the grave diggers too, for we’ll change the Eli feelings to another shade of blue.  New Haven’s lost a bulldog, we’ll bury him today, and we’ll sing this sad refrain as they carry him away… Hard luck, New Haven, accept our sympathy, we’ll send you flowers in the morning, goodbye Y-A-L-E!”   Composers Joseph Hewitt ’1907 and Arthur Osborn ’1907 are better known today for their “Princeton Cannon Song,” which debuted between the acts of the 1906-07 Triangle show The Mummy Monarch, and as the founders of the Princeton University Band.

  • To learn more about Princeton spirit songs, see quotation #1 and Café Vivian picture #38.

  • To learn more about the Princeton Band, see icon #10 and 11, and Café Vivian picture #98 and 104.

  • To learn more about the Triangle Club, see icon #4 and 10, quotation #1, 22, 36, and 37, and Café Vivian picture #5, 13, 42, 82, 115, and 130.