Colorado School of Mines Fight Song

Colorado School of Mines LogoEarlier this week, a couple of co-workers and I somehow got onto the topic of school songs.

I still had a copy of a small portion of the song from the 'mines.pl' t-shirt that was popular with computer science majors; however, I wanted to find the rest of the song. It took a little digging, but I was eventually able to find a cached copy of the song from the old CSM Alumni site. I thought I would post a copy online to make it easier for anyone else who may be looking for a copy.

Colorado School of Mines Fight Song - "The Mining Engineer"

In 1876 the school passed to the control of the new state of Colorado. It was during this period that our famous song, "The Mining Engineer", was adapted from the old English drinking song, "The Son of a Gambolier".

We find the song featured on early programs, and our oldest living graduates testify that they learned it at this time.

Question often arises as to whether our song originated at Mines or at the Georgia School of Technology. Georgia Tech was chartered in 1885, and instruction first began there in 1888. We know that our inspiring song originated on our campus at least ten years before Georgia Tech ever held classes.

Verse 1

I wish I had a barrel of rum and sugar three hundred pounds,
The college bell to mix it in and clapper to stir it round.
Like every honest fellow, I take my whisky clear,
I'm a rambling wreck from Golden Tech, a helluva engineer.
Chorus A helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva engineer,
A helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva engineer,
Like every honest fellow, I take my whisky clear,
I'm a rambling wreck from Golden Tech, a helluva engineer.
Verse II And if I had a daughter, I'd dress her up in green,
I'd send her up to Boulder to Coach the football team,
But if I had a son, sir, I'll tell you what he'd do,
He'd yell "To hell with Boulder," like his daddy used to do.
Chorus He'd yell "To hell with Boulder," like his daddy used to do.
He'd yell "To hell with Boulder," like his daddy used to do.
But if I had a son, sir, I'll tell you what he'd do,
He'd yell "To hell with Boulder," like his daddy used to do.
Verse III If you want to gear the planets that revolve around the sun,
We'll do the job up nicely, and we'll only call it fun,
And if you want a bridge to Mars, or a ten-foot shaft to hell,
We're the engineers of a thousand years and we'll do the job right well.
Chorus The engineers of a thousand years and we'll do the job right well.
The engineers of a thousand years and we'll do the job right well.
And if you want a bridge to Mars, or a ten-foot shaft to hell,
We're the engineers of a thousand years and we'll do the job right well.
Verse IV

Submitted by - Laurence Gardner '53
The Miner's 'M', a symbol of a brand of mining men,
Whose courage knocks the mountains down and builds them up again,
No matter in this paydirt world orediggers choose to roam,
Mines is always with them, The 'M' still stands for home.

mines.pl T-Shirt

The code for the 'mines.pl' t-shirt was 'designed' by one of CSM's many awesome teachers, Mike Colagrosso.

#!/usr/bin/perl -w
use strict;

  my$song="helluva";                                my$drink="whisky";
  my$g="Golden";my$csm                            ="Tech";my$w="wreck"
  ;my$demeanor="honest";                        my$conscience="clear";
  my$a="rambling";my$enemy                     ="engineer,";my$f="ll";
       my$sp=chr(32);my$line                 ="A";for(1..4){$line
       .=$sp.$song.","}$line.=             $sp.$song.$sp.$enemy;;
       for(1..2){print$line,"\n"         ;}$enemy=~tr/,/\./;print
       "\040\010\114\151\153\145",     "$sp\145\166\145\162\171",
       "$sp";my$p=  "\160\162\151";; $p.="\156\164";  my$q="\042"
       ;my$simile=    "$p$sp$q\044\144\145\155ea".    "\156\157".
       "\162$q$sp"      ;eval$simile;my$grade="f"     ;eval"$p$sp
       $q$sp\044".        "\147\162\141\144e".        qq($q);eval
       "print\"e\"          ,\"$f\157\167\",          \"\054$sp\"
       ;";$_='\111            $sp\164\141\            153\145$sp\
       155\171$sp\              044\144\              162\151\156
       \153$sp\044                \143\               157\156\163
       \143\151\14                  5                 \156\143\14
       5,\n\111\04                                    7\155$sp\14
       1$sp\044\14                                    1$sp\044\16
  7$sp\146\162\157\155$                          sp\044\147\044\163\16
  0\044c\163m\54$sp\141                          $sp\44s\157\156\147$s
  p\044\145\156\145\155                          \171\n';s#\s*##g;;$_=
  eval"qq($_)$sp";eval"                          $p$sp\"$_\"$sp"#mikec

$ ./mines.pl
A helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva engineer,
A helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva engineer,
Like every honest fellow, I take my whisky clear,
I'm a rambling wreck from Golden Tech, a helluva engineer.