From Alma Mater Vol. 1: The Midwest. Available Now!
Every year in La Crosse, Wisconsin,
A lantern is hung for the Eagles’ quests
On to the most nationals in Division III Sports
And through our best holiday—Oktoberfest!
The whole town is here for the Christmas of Beer!
It’s the beginning of fall so let’s start the parade!
Tap the Golden Keg beneath the autumn sun,
And drink golden beer under sun and shade.
These giant mugs are in happy hands!
Hofbräuhaus, Old Style, Hacker-Pschorr,
La Crosse Lager and so many more on tap,
This mighty river has flooded these shores.
zum Wohl! Prost! To all the Beer Maidens
In low-cut dirndls and blonde pigtails,
To the lads wearing lederhosen and hats,
And most of all: To all our future tales!
The Grand River Singers & Oktoberfest Singers
Lend festive song to this jolly crowd,
Ms. Oktoberfest waves to the drunken masses,
This drunkenness would make Gambrinus proud.
Sing and dance to our rock and polka!
Eat another brat to go with your beer!
This is the holiday season for all Wisconsin—
Merry Beer Christmas and a Happy New Beer!
Enjoy the fest, La Crosse and all students,
And when you finally return to school…
On your campus and at Hoeschler Tower:
We’ll leave the light on for you.
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