Redskins Fight Song

"Football without a band, is like music without an orchestra."
- George Preston Marshall

The Fight Song - Hail to the Redskins

In 1937, Marshall moved the Redskins to Washington and commissioned a 110 member band to provide the new fans with the 'pageantry' he thought football deserved. Wanting to emulate 'the spectacle of Roman gladiators', he oufitted the band with $25,000 worth of uniforms.

Corinne Griffith, Marshall's wife, wrote the lyrics to the first ever fight song, "Hail to the Redskins" (by renowned band leader Barnee Breeskin). It was performed for the first time as the official Redskins fight song on August 17, 1938. When the song made it's official debut, it was a slightly different version than the one heard today every time the Redskins score. Some of the words have been changed for political correctness:

Modern Version
Hail to the Redskins !
Hail to victory !
Braves on the war path !
Fight for old D.C !
Run or pass and score,
We want a lot more !
Beat em, Swamp em, Touchdown,
Let the points soar !
Fight on... Fight On...
Til you have won,
Sons of Washington !

Original Version
Hail to the Redskins !
Hail to victory !
Braves on the war path !
Fight for old Dixie !
Scalp em, Swamp em,
We will take em big score !
Read em, Weep em Touchdown,
We want heaps more !
Fight on... Fight On...
Til you have won,
Sons of Washington !

Every Redskin fan must know the fight song by heart. If you do not, we have put together a little 'helpful' Macromedia Flash movie to help you learn. Just click here.