I'm a ramblin' wreck from Georgia Tech and a helluva engineer.
A helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva engineer.
Like all the jolly good fellows, I drink my whiskey clear.
I'm a ramblin' wreck from Georgia Tech and a helluva engineer.

Oh, I wish I had a daughter sir I'd dress her in white and gold.
I'd put her on the campus to cheer the brave and bold.
And if I had a son sir, I'd tell you what he'd do.
He would yell "To HELL with Georgia!" like his daddy used to do.

Oh if I had a barrel of rum and sugar three thousand pounds,
A college bell to put it in and clapper to stir it around,
I'd drink to all the good fellows who come from far and near,
'Cause I'm a ramblin', gamblin', helluva engineer.



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Ramblin` Wreck from Georgia Tech song meanings
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    General Commenta Ramblin' Wreck was adapted from an old drinking song called Sons of the Gamboliers and first appeared in print in the 1908 edition of the Blueprint, Georgia Tech's yearbook. The song was subsequently scored by Frank Roman. Roman's version, marked by its trumpet flourishes, has arguably become one of the most recognizable school songs in the world.

    Then-Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev sang the song together when they met in Moscow in 1958 to reduce the tension between them. As the story goes, Nixon didn't know any Russian songs, but Khrushchev knew that one American one as it had been sung on the Ed Sullivan show.

    I'm a Ramblin' Wreck has had many other notable moments in its history, including being the first school song played in space. Gregory Peck sang the song while strumming a ukulele in the movie The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. John Wayne whistled it in The High and the Mighty. Tim Holt's character sings a few bars of it in the movie His Kind of Woman (1945). There are numerous stories of commanding officers in Higgins boats crossing the English Channel on the morning of D-Day leading their men in the song to calm their nerves.
    sillybunnyon September 16, 2006   Link

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