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Thread #54776   Message #4059390
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
15-Jun-20 - 05:45 PM
Thread Name: Origin: The Eyes of Texas (Are upon You)
Subject: RE: Origin: The Eyes of Texas (Are upon You)
Are racist, but traditional, songs OK?

A school song, alma mater, school hymn or school anthem is the patronal song of a school. In England, this tradition is particularly strong in public schools and grammar schools. [wiki]

Google (or whatevs) “The Eyes of Texas” “racist” and hold on to your Stetson:

William L. Prather (1848-1905) was paraphrasing Robert E. Lee, president of Prather's own alma mater, Washington College, Virginia. Lee died in 1870. Prather was a pallbearer at the funeral and graduated class of '71. It's Washington and Lee University today… but not for long methinks.

“You are as a new-risen star, and the eyes of all men are upon you; let not your own negligence make you fall like a meteor.”
[Francis Bacon to the new PM George Villiers, later 1st Duke of Buckingham. Alas, poor George.]