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Before they depart on orientation trips with first-year students in tow, trip leaders have to learn an important skill – how to sing the Bowdoin song, “Raise Songs to Bowdoin.”

Monday night at the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center, trip leaders were directed through a quick rehearsal by Senior Music Lecturer Tony Antolini ’63. Antolini trains trip leaders every year to sing the alma mater and a few other rousing Bowdoin tunes.

“You need to sing this a lot so first years can sing it when they get back here and meet with Barry Mills Saturday night. Your job is to teach this song to them,” Antolini advised. “And it doesn’t have to be beautiful. What it has to be is loud.”

Orientation trips for first years leave today to destinations across Maine.

Lyrics follow:

RAISE SONGS TO BOWDOIN

Words by K.C.M. Sills, Class of 1901
Music by C.T. Burnett
New lyrics by Anthony Antolini ’63
Arr. by Thornton W. Allen

Raise songs to Bowdoin, praise her fame,
And sound abroad her glorious name;
To Bowdoin, Bowdoin lift your song,
And may the music echo long
O’er whispering pines and campus fair
With sturdy might filling the air.
Bowdoin, from birth, our nurturer and friend
To thee we pledge our love again, again.

While now amid thy halls we stay
And breathe thy spirit day by day,
Oh may we thus full worthy be
To march in that proud company
Of poets, leaders and each one
Who brings thee fame by deeds well done.
Bowdoin, from birth, our nurturer and friend
To thee we pledge our love again, again.

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