The Scarlet and Gray Forever
We love to sing of O. S. U., our noble Alma Mater;
In all the west she is the best, and none will e'er be greater;
The ties that bind us to college days, no power can ever sever;
For we'll be true to the O. S. U. and the Scarlet and Gray forever.
Tune ev'ry heart to sing for joy, and banish ev'ry sorrow;
The boys and girls who leave today, will build her up tomorrow;
We're all in love with our college days, the pride of our endeavor;
And we'll be true to the O. S. U. and the Scarlet and Gray forever.
When we have left these dear old halls, upon our graduation;
Another throng shall sing our song, of loyal adoration;
The mem'ry of our college life, shall never fade, no, never;
We'll all be true to the O. S. U. and the Scarlet and Gray forever.
The Scarlet and Gray Forever was written by Charles W. Gayman, in the late 1890s. He was music director of The Ohio State University Men's Glee Club and was instrumental in putting together both editions of Songs of the Scarlet and Gray. He was also a composer of his own right, by contributing several songs to the song book. It is suspected that this song was in use in 1916, as it is the lone Charles W. Gayman song to be published in Songs of Ohio State University.
Photo: 1892 Campus, Courtesy of The Ohio State University Archives
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