Songs of the College of Mines

By on March 1, 2013

During the 1930s and 1940s the Texas College of Mines continued to establish school traditions and build school spirit.  One important part of school spirit was the singing of school songs.  These songs included Fight! Miners! Fight!, the University of Texas song The Eyes of Texas, and The Engineer’s Song.  Compiled by Dean Beaven (Class of 1929) during the mid-1920s, The Engineer’s Song contained lyrics such as:  

Here stands a mining engineer with rough and ready crew,

There’s not a thing on this earth that he’s afraid to do

If you want a bridge to Jupiter or a ten foot shaft to Hell

Just ask a mining engineer and he will do it well.

 

He’s a mining, mining, mining, mining, mining engineer

Like every honest fellow he likes his whiskey clear

He dearly loves his whiskey, he dearly loves his beer

He’s a shooting, fighting, dynamiting mining engineer.

 

Here we have a mining man, in either hand a gun

He’s not afraid of anything and never known to run

And with his belly empty, the damn food knows no fear

He’s a shooting, fighting, dynamiting mining engineer.

 

With dandruff in his whiskers and dirt behind his ears,

With biscuits in his duffle bag that ain’t been touched in years.

So, with his belly empty, the damn fool knows no fear

He’s a shooting, fighting, dynamiting mining engineer.

 

Dean Beaven, The Flowsheet, 1929.

Dean Beaven, The Flowsheet, 1929.

 

In the late 1930s student Margaret Asmann (Class of 1940) wrote a school song for co-eds (female students) set to the tune of Betty CO-ED.  

 

Margaret Asmann, The Flowsheet, 1938.

Margaret Asmann, The Flowsheet, 1938.

And during the mid-1940s Dig Dig Dig for T.C.M. was added to the school’s musical repertoire.  Song lyrics included: 

Dig dig dig dig, dig dig dig dig dig! for T.C.M.

Dig dig dig dig, dig dig dig dig dig! for T.C.M.

March along to win, whatever the fight,

March along to win for Orange and White.

Oh, dig dig dig dig, dig dig dig dig dig! for T.C.M.

 

Let our rivals thru the pass at El Paso del Norte,

Show ’em hospitality and show ‘em we are sporty,

Kick ‘em in the end zone if they ever get cavorty,

Fight ‘em MININ’ MEN OF T.C.M.

 

After the school’s name changed to Texas Western College and later to the University of Texas at El Paso, some songs were replaced with new ones, such as the Alma Mater Song by William I. Shepherd in the 1950s, though The Engineer’s Song remained popular for many years.

tcmsongsSongs from the 1938-1939 Student handbook, MS 001 UTEP Publications, Box 41.

[Sources: The Flowsheet, 1929, 1938; Student handbooks, 1931-32, 1938-1939, 1944-1945, 1947-1948, 1952-1953]

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Abbie Weiser is the processing archivist at the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department of the UTEP Library. She earned a BA in history from George Washington University, a MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MA in history from UTEP. She is certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists.