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Yells Through the Years

I took a look back at the history of yells at A&M to prove that some things never change.

Cushing Memorial Library

Texas A&M has an incredible history and from that history was born some of the greatest traditions in college football.

  • E. King Gill, The 12th Man – 1922
  • Midnight Yell Practice – 1932
  • Good Bull Hunting – 2012

I am biased towards our Yell Leaders, but, having begun in 1907, we are easily one of Texas A&M's oldest traditions. 337 men have served and of those, 214 are alive today. This weekend in College Station is the Former Yell Leader reunion. It is always a fun experience for me to hear the good bull stories of formers that got chewed out by General Rudder, meeting legends that have dedicated their lives to our school, and many remarks from our more mischievous members glad that "social media didn't exist back in my day."

Yells have come and gone. Currently we utilize 13: Gig 'em, Aggies, Farmers Fight, Military, Ol' Army, Locomotive, Kyle Field, Beat the Hell, 15 for Team, Team, 15 for Team Farmers Fight Call it a Night, Horselaugh, and Busdriver. In fact, our consistently used Beat the Hell wasn't even created until 1970 by Head Yell Leader Sam Torn. With all of the discussion lately about the constant evolution of the culture at Texas A&M and our traditions I thought this week would be a good time to take a look back at the history of our yells to understand how much we are still rooted in our rich past.

I want to give special thanks to Terri Siqueiros and the Cushing Memorial Library, without whose help this research would not have been possible.

From the archives we were able to gather a series of Yell Books dating from 1906-1931.

The yells were quite complicated by today's standards and some were more than a little racist, but it was over 100 years ago. I won't hold it against them. I also believe that people alive at the turn of the century were wizards at making up words.

The Early Years

Click on picture to view full Yell Book



I was intrigued to see that yell books existed as far back as 1906 because this was before the school had formal Yell Leaders (even if they were just fish in janitors' uniforms). Perhaps the 1906 squad had a Visor Guy of their own, leading yells from the stands.

Click – i – tee – chuck!
Click – i – tee – chuck!
Look at our luck!
Look at our luck!
We've got the men!
We're in the swim!
We've got to win
For A. & M.!
Hip, hip, rip-zee-e-e BANG!

Hi, yi, hi, yi!
College, college, A. M. C.!
Razzle, dazzle, sis!
Boom! Bah!
College, college, Rah! Rah! Rah?

Bing-i-ty, bing-i-ty binger bar!
Jing-i-ty, jing-i-ty jinger jar!
Rollicky! Rollicky!
Who are we!
We are! We are!
A. M. C.!

Hullabaloo! Caneck! Caneck!
Hullabaloo! Caneck! Caneck!
War-hee! War-hee!
Look at the man!
Look at the man!
Look at the A. & M. man!
(Player's Name)

Sis! Boom! Boomerlacker!
Crickity bim!
Rah! Rah! Hoow Raw! A. & M.
Crickity! Bow! Wow!
Chickity! Chow! Chow!
Texas! Texas! A. & M.!


The first official year of Yell Leaders. Upperclassmen, frustrated that their dates were bored, sent several freshmen down to the field to entertain the crowd. We see an early example of the yell Skyrocket and what will later become part of the War Hymn as an individual yell.

Sis! Boom! Bah!
Texas! Farmers!
Wah! Who! Wah!
Cotton ale, old ale,
Turpentine and tar,
Texas A. & M.!
Rah! Rah! Rah!

Hip, Ho! Zip, Rolly
A. & M., A. & M., Hot-to-molly,
Rah! Rah! Rah! 1, 2, 3
A. & M. , A. & M., A. M. C.

(A very long whistle)

Rough! Tough!
Real! Stuff!
Texas A. & M.


This year brings the orignial version of the yell, Horselaugh. The spelling of 'Rickety' was changed to 'Riffety' by 1912.

Rickety! Rickety! Riff-Raf!
Chifity! Chifity! Chif-Chaff!
Riff-Raf! Chif-Chaf!
Let's give them the horse laugh!


Much like the Land Shark, did Texas A&M create Hotty Toddy before Ole Miss? Also, what is up with the Lizzie yell?

Hity! Tity!
Tie your didy!
Toot! Toot! Varsity

Rah! Rah! Rah!
Is my hat on straight?
Lend me your powder rag,
Sweet cherry phosphate!
1! 2! 3!


Perhaps we can pull out this old yell, Bulldog, when we have an SEC match-up against Georgia.

Gr-r-r-r-rah! rah!
A. & M.!


The first version of the Locomotive yell. It has changed slightly, but this one is still used today. We also see a different version of the yell Lizzie.

U----rah----rah-A. M. C.
U---ran---rah-A. M. C.
U--rah--rah-A. M. C.
U-rah-rah-A. M. C.
Yell (Loud)

Rah! Rah! Rah!
Is my hat on straight?
Lend me your powder rag,
Sweet cherry phosphate!
1! 2! 3!



We see Military for the first time. I also think we should bring back the Spell Yell just for Johnny.
1915 is the first year that Saw Varsity's Horns Off! is included in the Yell Book as a song.

Squads Left! Squads Right!
Farmer-Farmers! We're all right
Texas A. & M., give us room!

N-A-M-E (J-O-H-N-N-Y)
Name!!! (Johnny)
Name!!! (Johnny)
Name!!! (Johnny)
Gig 'em


Try saying this 1917 doozy, What?, ten times fast.

What! What's what?
That's What,
What's what?
That's what they all say
What do they all say?
A. & M.! A. & M.! A. & M.!


*Yell Book Cover Only*


*Yell Book Cover Only*


*Yell Book Cover Only*


I take partial blame for the creation of the failed Bleacher Stomp yell, but they were doing it as far back as 1930.

K-y-l-e F-i-e-l-d?
Kyle Field
Fight'em - Aggies

(Clap Hands)
(Pat Feet)
Rah! Boom!


As a piece of trivia for you, 1931 brings about my favorite yell of all time, Ladies. I will spare you the details of the pass-back.

Yeh - Gig 'em Aggies!

We see you - Ladies
We hear you - Ladies

Popularity Contest

Most Used Yells from 1906 - 1932


23 Years


22 Years


21 Years

Rickety Rock! De-Rock!

21 Years


21 Years


20 Years

As you can see some of the yells have died away while new ones have taken their place. It is comforting to know that so much of the tradition from our early heritage still lives on in our yells as Aggies have been chanting the same words for the last 100 years. I will see you all at Midnight Yell on Friday night; we have some practice to do.