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Encyclopedia > Give My Regards to Davy
"Give My Regards to Davy" is frequently sung at Cornell hockey games.
"Give My Regards to Davy" is frequently sung at Cornell hockey games.

"Give My Regards to Davy" is Cornell University's primary fight song. The song's lyrics were written in 1905 by Charles E. Tourison 1905, W. L. Umstad 1906; and Bill Forbes 1906, a trio of roommates at Beta Theta Pi, and set to the tune of George M. Cohan's "Give My Regards to Broadway". The song refers to a fictional encounter between an anonymous freshman (a "piker") and David Fletcher "Davy" Hoy, the registrar and secretary for the commitee on student conduct, and Thomas Frederick "Tee Fee" Crane, the Professor of Languages and the first Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences revolving around the freshman's expulsion on account of bingedrinking. David Hoy was known for his ferocity as a strict diciplinarian. Professor Crane, on the otherhand, was generally well-liked among students. "Theodore Zinck's" was a bar in downtown Ithaca that has since closed. It's legend still lives on in the annual event "Zinck's Night", which is celebrated worldwide by Cornellians. Public Domain File links The following pages link to this file: Cornell University ... Public Domain File links The following pages link to this file: Cornell University ... For other uses of the name Cornell, see Cornell (disambiguation). ... Fight song is a primarily North American sports term, which refers to a song associated with a sports team. ... 1905 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Beta Theta Pi (ΒΘΠ) is an international college social fraternity founded on August 8, 1839 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA, where it is part of the Miami Triad. ... George M. Cohan George Michael Cohan (July 1878–November 5, 1942) was a United States entertainer, songwriter, actor, singer, and dancer. ... The Arts Quad includes the original three buildings of the University, Morrill Hall, McGraw Hall, and White Hall, seen on the left. ... Cornellians are persons affiliated with Cornell University, commonly including alumni, current and former faculty members, students, and others. ...


The original and best known lyrics:

Give my regards to Davy,
Remember me to Tee Fee Crane.
Tell all the pikers on the hill
That I'll be back again.
Tell them just how I busted
Lapping up the high highball.
We'll all have drinks at Theodore Zinck's
When I get back next fall!

Sometime in the 1950's, a second and unofficial version appeared, refering to President Deane Malott's "Social Events Standards" that attempted to ban fraternity parties, to ban women from visting men's off-campus apartments, and to maintain the strict curfews and sign-in/out times for women. This verse is only a modest form of outrage as compared to the protests that were staged (at one, students burned an effigy of Mallott) and the mobs that formed (one marched to President Malott's house demanding his resignation and throwing eggs, rocks, and smoke bombs). A highball glass is a type of drinking vessel. ...

Give my regards to Ezra
Remember me to Andy White.
Tell all the virgins on the hill
That I'll be back some night.
Tell them just how I licked it,
Lappin' up the brew at Jim's.
We'll all take shots at Deane Malott's
When I get back again!

Ezra Cornell (January 11, 1807 – December 9, 1874) was an American businessman and founder of Cornell University. ... Andrew Dickson White in 1885 Andrew Dickson White (November 7, 1832 – November 4, 1918) was an American diplomat, author, and educator, most known as the co-founder of Cornell University. ...

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A Digital Version of 'Give My Regards to Davy'

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These ranged from "No smoking on campus" to "Give your trolley seat to an upperclassman." Number four on that list was "Wear your cap." The cap was a red beanie with a grey button on top.
"Give My Regards to Davy" is Cornell's primary fight song.
It was written in 1904 by three roommates at Beta Theta Pi to the tune of George M. Cohan's "Give My Regards to Broadway".
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