Football Song (1881)
It's little we care for the bruises found, Upon the hard and stony ground, For while we're living, we still are bound To follow that bully football.
Chorus-- Oh, we'll kick her over, or rip the cover, God help the poor fellows that fall; They must take their show for a bruise or so, Who follow the bully football.
The kickers are all in their rival rows, With scarlet caps and scarlet hose; The word is given, and off she goes, And up with the bully football.
And now, as the opening line deploys, In silence kick, and hold your noise; And whenever a fist can reach her, boys, Then hammer that bully football.
And when the last over, the twenty gain, We quickly bury all the slain; And to-morrow the living are ready again, To follow that bully football.
- Carmina Universitatis Novi Brunsvici. Fredericton, NB: Literary and Debating Society of the University of New Brunswick, 1881.
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