The Texas State school song, named "Alma Mater," was written by Jessie Sayers (one of the first faculty members and sister of Texas Gov. Joseph Sayers.) in the early 1900s to the tune of "Ancient of Days," a Presbyterian hymn written in 1896 by J. Albert Jeffrey.
A tradition associated with the song is for students to come together at the end of an athletic event and sing it together, win or lose. Only the first and last verses are actually sung.
With turrets pointing upward to the sky;
We yield to thee our love and our devotion;
Mother of hopes and aspirations high.
Fair river flowing gently to the sea;
Thy hills are crowned with ancient oak and laurel
Fit emblems they of strength and victory.
Raising the fallen, cheering the oppressed;
Thy call will echo clearly down the ages.
Dear Alma Mater, mother loved and blessed
Keep that maroon and gold on high!
until you hear that Bobcat battle cry!
Until the whole world knows our name.
We're gonna shout it —
Bobcats will win this game!