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I'm Proud to Be A Buckeye from Ohio

I'm proud to be a Buckeye from Ohio;
Football in Columbus is the best;
Ohio State's the team that we all cheer for;
On to victory and to hell with all the rest.

We love to think how great we were with Woody;
On or off the field we beat them all;
We'd grind it out in the year we scored that touchdown;
And you knew the fullback always had the ball;
(three yards and a cloud of dust)
Now Woody's gone but are things really different;
Earle Bruce wins games without a care;
We'll beat that Big Ten like we did with Woody;
But now we're gonna to do it in the end.

I'm proud to be a Buckeye from Ohio;
Football in Columbus is the best;
Ohio State's the team that we all cheer for;
On to victory and to hell with all the rest.

Now, we don't like Schembechler in Ohio;
Chewing gum and burping he's a gem;
So come on folks let's keep Ohio clean now;
You all go dump your trash in Michigan.

I'm proud to be a Buckeye from Ohio;
Football in Columbus is the best;
Ohio State's the team that we all cheer for;
On to victory and to hell with all the rest.

Now all you folks who call your selves the Buckeyes;
Whose heart pumps blood of Scarlet and Gray;
Let's show the football world you got the spirit;
If you love the Buckeyes stand and shout hooray!
(Hooray!)

I'm proud to be a Buckeye from Ohio;
Football in Columbus is the best;
Ohio State's the team that we all cheer for;
On to victory and to hell with all the rest.
On to victory and to hell with all the rest!


I'm Proud to Be A Buckeye From Ohio, was written by Dave Murphy and performed by the Irish Brigade, in 1980, after an 11 - 1 campaign in Earl Bruce's first season at Ohio State. The Buckeyes went 11-0 in the regular season and missed the national championship by one point as they fell to USC 17-16 in the Rose Bowl

The following is from the "Bucknuts" Web Site (www.bucknuts.com):

"Earle Bruce (1979-1987) 81 Wins, 26 Losses, 1 Tie, .755 Winning Pct.

Earle Bruce had the unenviable task of succeeding Woody Hayes. He almost pulled it off early by challenging immediately for the national championship in his first year, but lost the last game of the season to USC. He then reeled off a batch of 9-3 seasons and managed to finish with a winning record against Michigan. Earle was fired and replaced in 1988 by John Cooper.

W. W. (Woody) Hayes (1951-1978) 205 Wins, 61 Losses, 10 Ties, .761 Winning Pct.

We don't have enough web space to say all that needs to be said about Woody Hayes, and we recognize that it would be futile to try and put it into a brief description here. Therefore, of course, he gets his own separate page. Our attempt to memorialize him will never be big enough, but you can take a look at it here."

This song also mentions "Woody" and "Schembechler", referring to Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes and Glen E. "Bo" Schembechler repectively. You can read about these two famous coaches here. Suffice it to say this coaching rivalry is the most storied in college football.

In regards to this song, it uses the melody of I'm Proud to Be An Okie From Muskogee, a very popular song in its own right. There is not any more information about this song. I had to transcribe the lyrics from the MP3 file, so there may be errors in the transcription.

I wish to thank Tom Haney, for contacting me about this song and for the MP3 file, this contribution is greatly appreciated.

Photo: 1981 Earle Bruce Carried Off Field After Beating Michigan, Courtesy of Cleveland Plain Dealer (cleveland.com)


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Webmaster: Nick Metrowsky
The Ohio State University, BA, History, 1979
Life Member The Ohio State University Alumni Association
Life Member of The Ohio State University President's Club
Annual Member of The Ohio State University Varsity "O" Association

Last Updated: 18 September, 2015


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