I learned the words to Bama's fight song while still a little girl. My brother Jim, who was seven years my senior, taught me the words and taught me to love this school. The song was composed by E.L.'Epps' Sykes in 1926. This site has a fascinating history of 'Yea, Alabama' http://bryant.ua.edu/includes/band/behindyeaalabama.pdf
How fitting that the song refers to the Rose Bowl, which Alabama had just won in January of that year, earning its first national championship. Now, in 2010, Alabama returns to the Rose Bowl once again, with the opportunity of capturing another national title. If you listen to the song it may be difficult to hear all of the lyrics--here they are: Yea, Alabama! Drown 'em Tide! Every 'Bama man's behind you, hit your stride! Go teach the Bulldogs to behave, Send the Yellow Jackets to a watery grave! And if a man starts to weaken, That's a shame! For Bama's pluck and grit Have writ her name in crimson flame! Fight on, fight on, fight on, men! Remember the Rose Bowl we'll win then! Go, roll to victory, Hit your stride, You're Dixie's football pride, Crimson Tide!