You know it as the Och Tamale, but did you know its original moniker was the “Psalm of Collegiate Thanksgiving?”
It was written in 1921 by cheerleader C. Merle Waterman ’20 and classmates Walter J. Richards ’21 and Jack Slutsk ’22. According to alumnus and trustee Larry Burgess ’67 in his celebrated book With Unbounded Confidence, A History of the University of Redlands
, the trio were not “so sure their chant would go over, but hoped that the gimmick ‘each frosh class must learn it’ might sell the idea.”
Wouldn’t they be proud to know that 95 years later, the freshman class is still learning this unifying chant as an important first-step in their journey to become Bulldogs for Life?
Och Tamale gazolly gazump
Dayump dayadee yahoo
Ink damink dayadee gazink
Dayump, deray, yahoo
Wing wang trickey trackey poo foo
Joozy woozy skizzle wazzle
Wang tang orkey porkey dominorky
Redlands! — Rah, Rah, Redlands!