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Yellow and the Green
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TitleYellow and the Green
CreatorPutnam, Clarence Simeon, 1859-1944
Creator roleComposer
DescriptionSchool song of North Dakota State University, recorded by the NDSU Gold Star Band on the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 2004; Warren D. Olfert, conductor.
Date of Original2004-02-24
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectEntertainment
Colleges & Universities
Subject (LCTGM)Bands
Subject (LCSH)Band music
Student's songs
Personal NameMinard, Archibald E. (Archibald Ellsworth), 1878-1950
Olfert, Warren Dale, 1957-
Organization NameNorth Dakota State University. Gold Star Band
North Dakota State University - Songs and music
LocationFargo (N.D.)
Cass County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item NumberInst. CD-Audio M1200.O53 2004
Format of OriginalDigital audio
Relation[Is Part Of] 100 Years of the Gold Star Band
Ho! a cheer for Green and Yellow,
Up with Yellow and the Green;
They're the shades that deck our prairies
Far and wide with glorious sheen;
Fields of waving green in springtime,
Golden yellow in the fall--
How the great high-arching heaven
Looks and laughs upon it all.

Here in autumn throng the nations,
Just to gather in the spoil,
Throng on freight cars from the cities,
Some to feast and some to toil.
But [Then] the yellow grain flows Eastward
And the yellow gold flows back;
Barren cities boast their plenty
And the prairies know no lack.

Hushed upon the boundless prairies,
Is the bison's thundering tread
And the Red man passes with him
On the spoiler's bounty fed.
But the Norse, the Celt, the Saxon
With their herds increase, and find,
Mid these fields of Green and Yellow
Plenty e'en for all mankind.
-- From The Weekly Spectrum, November 12, 1907; the first formal publication of the lyrics. In the second verse 'But' is used while later versions use 'Then.'
NotesRecorded February 24, 2004 by the North Dakota State University Gold Star Band, Warren D. Olfert director and included as the final song on the CD: 100 Years of the Gold Star Band, published by NDSU in 2004.
Biography/HistoryThe Yellow and the Green is the second known NDAC college song. It was first sung at a student convocation in November 1907 and the lyrics were published in the student newspaper, The Weekly Spectrum, the next week on November 12, 1907. The lyrics were written by A.E. Minard, NDAC English professor who came to NDAC in 1904. The music was composed by C.S. Putnam, music instructor and founder of the Gold Star Band, who also joined NDAC in 1904. Minard had been encouraged by Professor H.L. Bolley to write a college song. On a Sunday afternoon at the home of Bolley, where he was staying, Minard began writing the lyrics. "The aim was to weave in the college colors, yellow and green, with life and scenery characteristic of the State, for I thought that the verses, if they chanced to have any value, might make a state song as well as a college song. The text is based upon his experience in the summer of 1905 of working in the harvest fields for three weeks on the Grandin farm near Blanchard, N.D. When he completed three verses he visited with C.S. Putnam about writing music for the song. Minard wrote an additional verse, published in the Spectrum of Feb. 9, 1915, but it has never been formally added to the original lyrics.
Publisher of OriginalNorth Dakota State University
Place of PublicationFargo (N.D.)
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionInstitute for Regional Studies Audio Visual Collection
Credit LineNorth Dakota State University Gold Star Band;
Rights ManagementCopyright held by North Dakota State University.
Digital ID19 The Yellow and the Green.mp3
Original SourceCD
Audio Sample Rate44100 Hz
Data Rate128 kbps
Digital AlterationsMinor editing of audio with Audacity.
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