absurdity

May. 18th, 2008 09:55 pm
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I am writing a paper on BCY and the symbolism within that makes it look an awful lot like a cosmogonic myth in the Eliadean tradition.

For a bit of Irony, I am including Charles Long's attack on the humanities as an inherently imperialistic endeavor (the line of reasoning is that the Enlightenment forces one to make anyone you are studying an "empirical other", whose otherness plays into the imperialist project). Ironic because the Enlightenment, if you listen to Eliade/Long is supposed to replace the sorts of archaic myths that Henry Durand seemed anxious to re-create in 1881 as he entered the liminal space between senior year and leaving Yale (the song was written for the senior glee club concert).

Song in its entirety:

(sung to die wacht am rhein--that song the german soldiers in Casablanca are singing when rick gets sam to start playing la marseillaise)

Bright College Years with pleasures rife / The shortest gladdest years of life / How swiftly are ye gliding by / Oh why doth time so quickly fly / The seasons come, the seasons go / The earth is green or white with snow / But time and change shall not avail / To break the friendships formed at Yale

We all must leave this college home / About the storm-y world to roam / But though the mighty o-cean’s tide / Should us from dear old Yale di-vide, / As round the oak the i-vy twines / The cling-ing tend-rils of its vines / So are our hearts close bound to Yale / By ties of love that ne-ver fail

In after years should troubles rise / To cloud the blue of sunny skies / How bright will seem through mem'ry's haze / Those happy golden bygone days / So let us strive that ever we / May let these words our watch-cry be / Where'er upon life's seas we sail / 'For God! For Country! And For Yale!'


If anyone reading this has seen the second verse before, let me know in comments. I found it among a bunch of manuscript entries in a contest to replace BCY, and had never heard it before (to my knowledge)
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