In 1958 Larry Elliot, fellow Chi Phi at Dartmouth and trombonist leader of the Dartmouth Indian Chiefs Dixieland Band, wrote the music and co-authored the book and lyrics with me for “The Chuck Sturdley Story,” a one-act musical.
The theatrical event won a college award for best presentation at the inter-fraternity theatrical contest sponsored by the college, and was subsequently awarded a spot at a college Variety Show in Webster Hall adjacent to Baker Library across from Dartmouth Row. The musical reflected events Chris Miller, Dartmouth ’62, dramatized in the movie “Animal House” years later. Here is our hit song:
We Are College Guys
We are college guys, with bloody blood shot eyes,
Everybody loves us, so do we.
Colorful til death, with whiskey on our breath,
Fraternity, virility, sexuality.
Inhibitions we hate
When seducing a date,
A clever remark,
A hand in the dark
Everything else can just wait.
Rah, rah, rah.
Singing and dancing and studiously romancing,
But to academic epidemics we’re immune.
As student we admit
We’re slightly out of fit
But you can get an “A”
In any way
If you remember to write in pen,
That’s the reason
We are college men!
If the producers of the new “Animal House” Broadway musical want to co-op the song, it’s available. — RICHARD PRESS
Above is a 1956 promotional video recently uploaded by Dartmouth to YouTube.