BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL

Original The Beach Boys version


When some loud bragger 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"
(Hey, hey, take it away, get that ball and fight!)

So be true to your school (rah, rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah)
Just like you would to your girl or guy (rah, rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah)
Be true to your school, now (rah, rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah)
Let your colours fly (rah, rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah)
Be true to your school (rah, rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah)

I got a letterman sweater (ah)
With a letter in front
I got for football and track (ah)
I'm proud to where it now
When I cruise around (ah)
The other parts of the town
I got a decal in back (ah)

So be true to your school (rah, rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah)
Just like you would to your girl or guy (rah, rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah)
Be true to your school, now (rah, rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah)
Let your colours fly (rah, rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah)
Be true to your school (do it again, do it again, we like it, we like it)

(Wah, wah, wah, wah, rah)
Come Friday we'll be jacked up on the football game (ah)
And I'll be ready to fight
We're gonna smash 'em, now (ah)
My girl will be working on her pom-poms, now
And she'll be yelling tonight (ah)

So be true to your school, now (rah, rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah)
Just like you would to your girl or guy (rah, rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah)
Be true to your school, now (rah, rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah)
Let your colours fly (rah, rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah)
Be true to your school (rah – push 'em back, push 'em back, way back!)

Rah, rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah
Rah, rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah
Rah, rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah
Rah, rah, rah, rah...


Info

BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love and originally recorded by The Beach Boys who released it as a single in October 1963, with IN MY ROOM on the B-side (Capitol Records, catalogue # 5069). A different take of the song was released on their Little Deuce Coupe album that same month.

The Beach Boys -- "Be True to Your School / In My Room" (1963 USA 7-inch single, A-side label)
The Beach Boys -- "Be True to Your School / In My Room" (1963 USA 7-inch single, A-side label)

The above lyrics are for the original The Beach Boys single version of BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL as released in 1963.

Springsteen's Version

Although he has never performed it in full, Bruce Springsteen used a snippet of BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL, re-written as "Be True To Your Band", as an introduction to ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) on 03 Nov 1976 in New York City, NY. See the Live 03 Nov 1976 version of ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) for more details. As far as it's know, this was the only time that he performed The Beach Boys' BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL.

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL on this website:

BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL [Original The Beach Boys version]

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