Song Lyric Sunday — School Pride

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams chose “School/Books/Learning.” I was originally thinking about the 1958 song, “The Book of Love” by the Monotones. But then I remembered a song that was popular when I was in high school, the 1963 Beach Boys song, “Be True to Your School,” and decided to go with that one.

“Be True to Your School” was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the Beach Boys. It was released as the third track of their album, Little Deuce Coupe, on October 2, 1963, and later that month as a single. The song ultimately reached number 6 on the Billboard Top 100.

Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and Al Jardine all went to Hawthorne High School in Hawthorne, CA. Brian, who wrote the track, incorporated some of Hawthorne’s fight song into “Be True to Your School.”

The cheerleaders on the track (chanting “Push ’em back! Push ’em back! Waaaaaay back!”) were from a girl group called The Honeys. Brian Wilson married Marilyn Rovel of the Honeys in 1964 and they had two daughters, Carnie and Wendy, who later formed the group Wilson Phillips.

Early Beach Boys songs dealt with issues important to teenagers — girls, cars, surfing, and in this case, school pride. These songs connected because of lead singer Mike Love’s lyrics, which captured a slice of life in the halls of American high schools.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

When some loud braggart tries to put me down
And says his school is great
I tell him right away
“Now what’s the matter buddy
Ain’t you heard of my school
It’s number one in the state”

So be true to your school now
Just like you would to your girl or guy
Be true to your school now
And let your colors fly
Be true to your school

I got a letterman’s sweater
With a letter in front
I got for football and track
I’m proud to wear it now
When I cruise around
The other parts of the town
I got a decal in back

So be true to your school now
Just like you would to your girl or guy
Be true to your school now
And let your colors fly
Be true to your school

On Friday we’ll be jacked up on the football game
And I’ll be ready to fight
We’re gonna smash ’em now
My girl will be working on her pom-poms now
And she’ll be yelling tonight

So be true to your school now
Just like you would to your girl or guy
Be true to your school now
And let your colors fly
Be true to your school

Rah rah rah Be true to your school
Rah rah rah Be true to your school
Rah rah rah Be true to your school
Rah rah rah Be true to your school

8 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — School Pride

  1. newepicauthor March 17, 2019 / 7:27 am

    Great pick Dango, it is always a pleasure to listen to the Beach Boys. I guess I always missed that part “Push ’em back! Push ’em back! Waaaaaay back!” before, but I heard it clear as a bell today.

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  2. tedstrutz March 17, 2019 / 1:47 pm

    The tune is in my head right now. I saw the Beach Boys many times in the 60’s, they loved to come to Sacramento because the fans were so strong. I think the album Beach Boys Concert opens up and there I am in a photo along with a thousand other kids on the steps of Memorial Auditorium. Thanks for the memories.

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    • Fandango March 17, 2019 / 9:36 pm

      I also saw them in concert a few times back in the day. Fun, fun, fun!

      Like

  3. leigha66 March 23, 2019 / 5:42 pm

    They are heading into town for a concert, next month I think. Would love to see them, can’t imagine they will be touring much longer. Good song!

    Liked by 1 person

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