This is probably the oldest MIT song still in reasonably common circulation. It's still sung (I believe) by the MIT Logarhythms, and appears in the MIT Songs section of How to GaMIT. The lyrics suggest that it might even date back to the period when MIT was Boston Tech, at the turn of the last century. (See the bits about Boylston Street and uniforms.)

I'm not an expert on MIT history, I just think it's neat. Corrections are appreciated. Lyrics taken from the 1998 online edition of How to Get Around MIT.


Take Me Back to Tech

I wish that I were back again at Tech on Boylston Street,
Dressed in my dinky uniform so dapper and so neat.
I'm crazy after calculus, I never had enough;
It's hard to be dragged away so young,
It was horribly awfully tough!
Hurrah for Technology, 'ology 'ology oh,
Glorious old Technology, 'ology 'ology oh!
Back in the days that were free from care in the 'ology varsity shop,
With nothing to do but analyze air in an anemometrical top.
The differentiation of the trigonometric pow'rs
The constant pi that made me sigh in those happy days of ours.
Hurrah for Technology, 'ology 'ology oh,
Glorious old Technology, 'ology 'ology oh!
Take me back on a special train to that glorious institute,
I yearn for the inspiration of a technological toot.
I'd shun the quizzical physical profs the chapel and all that,
But how I'd love to go again on a scientific bat.
Hurrah for Technology, 'ology 'ology oh,
Glorious old Technology, 'ology 'ology oh!
M-A-S-S-A-C-H-U-S-E-T-T-S
(and)
I-N-S-T-I-T-U-T-E-O-F-T-E
(but)
C-H-N-O-L-O-G and Y comes after G
(and what does that spell?)
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology!
Hey!

At Logs concerts, the song is often preceded by Arise, oh Sons of MIT, a short song with a very lyrical melody. The two pieces are sung together with only a tempo change to separate them, so it is unclear if they are one song or two.

Arise, oh Sons of MIT begins as follows: Arise oh sons of MIT, In loyal brotherhood, the future... (There are one or two more lines but I can't remember them at the moment.)

I found the full song, it is now noded at Arise all Sons of MIT, minus the comments on the Logs way of performing it.

The logs then segue into Take Me Back to Tech, which has a faster, more staccato, rhythm.

Here's how my father used to sing Take Me Back to Tech (He was MIT 1928 -- he always sang the school name first, then this one verse, then the school name again.):

M-A-S-S-A-C-H-U-S-E-T-T-S
I-N-S-T-I-T-U-T-E-O-F-T-E
C-H-N-O-L-O-G and Y comes after G
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology!
How I long to be back again at the Tech on Boylston Street,
Dressed in my dinky uniform so dapper and so neat.
I'd shun the physical quizzical profs, the chapel and all that,
But how I'd love to go again on a scientific bat.
Rah for Technology, 'ology 'ology oh,
Any old kind of 'ology, 'ology 'ology, 'ology 'ology --
M-A-S-S-A-C-H-U-S-E-T-T-S
I-N-S-T-I-T-U-T-E-O-F-T-E
C-H-N-O-L-O-G and Y comes after G
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology!

I even remember the tune and can still sing it, but would appreciate knowing if there's some place online I can hear it sung.

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