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 The Maine Stein Song

The Maine "Stein Song" has its origins with undergraduate Adelbert Sprague. In 1902, while working in Bar Harbor, Sprague heard a march called "Opie," written by E.A. Fenstad, and composed the "Stein Song" melody based on the German composition. Sprague then gave the music to his roommate, Lincoln Colcord, who wrote the now-familiar words. Sprague later joined the UMaine faculty and chaired the Department of Music. Colcord went on to sail around the world, and was an author of sea stories.

The current version of the song was written by Rudy Vallee. Vallee was a UMaine student from 1921-22 before transferring to Yale. In 1929, as the host of the Fleischman Radio Hour on NBC, he introduced the song to the American public. Vallee's version, with a stepped-up tempo and a few word changes, was recorded a year later.

In 1998, the book "College Fight Songs: An Annotated Anthology" named the Maine "Stein Song" as the nation's sixth best college fight song. It was ranked behind the "Notre Dame Victory March," "The Victors" (Michigan), "On Wisconsin," "Down the Field" (Yale), and "Anchors Aweigh" (Naval Academy), and ahead of such noted fight songs as "Fight on USC," "Ramblin Wreck from Georgia Tech," "Indiana, Our Indiana," and "Tiger Rag" (Clemson).

 

- Portions taken from the book "UMaine Sports History"

 

Fill... the steins to dear old Maine,
Shout 'til the rafters ring!
Stand... and drink a toast once again!
Let every loyal Maine man sing.
Drink... to all the happy hours,
Drink to the careless days;
Drink... to Maine, our Alma Mater,
The college of our hearts always.

To the trees, to the sky!
To the spring in its glorious happiness;
To the youth, to the fire,
To the life that is moving and calling us!
To the Gods, to the Fates,
To the rules of men and their destinies;
To the lips, to the eyes,
To the girls who will love us someday!

 

Fill... the steins to dear old Maine,
Shout 'til the rafters ring!
Stand... and drink a toast once again!
Let every loyal Maine man sing.
Drink... to all the happy hours,
Drink to the careless days; Drink... to Maine, our Alma Mater,
The college of our hearts always.



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