This Week in Milford

October 11, 2017

For Those Of You Curious About The Milford Fight Song…


I’m afraid I have bad news.

Panel 1: Gary’s pop star aspirations for Ricky might take a hit if that is Milford Pattern Balding syndrome that we’re seeing here. Also, too, spoon? WTH?

Panel 2: Idiots or Weirdos? Idiots it is.

Panel 3: I wouldn’t even know who Ed Sheeran is if not for online discussion of his recent appearance in a certain popular fantasy TV show. That aside, I have absolutely no clue who these two young Lady Mudlarks are, but their appearance today does lend support to my theory that Alison Bechdel really ticked Rubin off at some point.



  1. WHAT???????!!!!!!!????? The Milford Mudlarks have operated as a high school for damn near 60 years without a fight song???? Nothing based upon some college’s fight song such as “Cheer Cheer for old Notre Dame”, “On, On, U of K”, “On Wisconsin”, “Fight On!!!!!!!”(USC), “Go You Northwestern”, “Roll Tide”, “Hail to Georgia”, or “Ten Thousand Men of Harvard”?????? What has the Fighting Mudlark Marching Band been playing at halftime in its stead, bar room pieces like “Strangers in the Night” or “My Cup Runneth Over”? Karaoke selections??? They perform renditions of “Smoke on the Water”, “Say You, Say Me”, “Rock the Boat” then bolt to the stands without anyone ready to stand up and sing SOMETHING in support of their school??? “Um, sorry, gang, the UPS truck broke down and wasn’t able to deliver the sheet music to “Boola, Boola” in time. Anyone know the words to the hymn, ‘I Saw The Light'”???


    Band plays the intro
    “Uh, Mimi, what IS our Fight Song?”
    “Damn, Gil, I thought YOU knew the words.”
    “Well, I got something to bring up at the next school board meeting.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — October 11, 2017 @ 8:51 am

  2. Haha, T. Drew. My high school fight song was “Go You Northwestern”, and the only reason I knew that was because I got the sheet music for marching band (I think it was “Go U. Northwestern”).

    Were their words? I don’t know.

    Comment by nedryerson — October 11, 2017 @ 9:03 am

  3. Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd Rubin lets me down once again. I actually wanted to hear (read?) the Milford fight song.

    My high school co-opted Vanderbilt’s “Dynamite” for its fight song, which was adopted while I was in school there. During the process, I advocated strongly for ripping off the enjoyably schlocky “Houston Oilers #1” (a song first used by the Miami Dolphins, actually) but found no support among the faculty. “Dynamite” is a competent fight song tune, but anyone who hears a high school band playing it is bound to think “Oh, so you thought ripping off a fight song nobody knows would make you special?”

    Comment by billytheskink — October 11, 2017 @ 9:04 am

  4. Our fight song was to the tune of ” Go You Northwestern “. One of the faculty added the words. It is absurd that a high schools that has been in existence as long as Milford doesn’t have one. No one on the faculty never questioned this?

    Comment by Bobby Joe — October 11, 2017 @ 10:29 am

  5. “Fly Eagles Fly” would work. “Fly Mudlarks Fly, on the road to victory…”

    As for today’s riveting installment, uh, if the gang was expecting a fight song and Rick’s doing a number that reminds people of Ed Sheeran, presumably it’s some kind of sappy love song, in which case does anybody not notice that he’s totally not doing a fight song?

    I fear I’m overthinking this.

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 11, 2017 @ 10:47 am

  6. Thanks, Ned, you da man. I too barely remember the fight song from my high school alma mater which I believe came from “Minnesota, Hats Off to Thee”. The words are dribbling in even as I speak(ha). And don’t EVEN ask me about my college’s fight song. I can’t remember the music, let alone the words(ha ha).

    One thing I CAN say with assurance is that should Soto get afflicted with a sudden case of tabula rasa, the Bee Gees(P1) are ready to assume the stage at a moment’s notice. Wait, that might be Yardbird, with Jimmy Page in the middle and a young Clapton in the background, pouncing at the opportunity to get down on “Over, Under, Sideways, Down”. Soto knows how to play a violin, right?
    And I agree, timbuys. That Dairy Queen spoon and the lava lamp a/k/a Coke cup(P3) are definitely red herrings, not to mention the female Mr. T discussing Rick Soto(yin) with female #2 who is reminiscing about another red herring, Ed Sheehan(yang).

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — October 11, 2017 @ 11:09 am

  7. My HS was the Tigers. I thought the fight song was Tiger Rag, but the lyrics really don’t work:

    Hold that tiger! Hold that tiger ! Hold that tiger!
    Choke him, poke him, kick him and soak him!

    Now the Little Pup is at a another Tigers school, where the lyrics are just….incoherent:

    Rah! Rah! Rah!
    Rah! Tiger sis boom bah!
    And locomotives by the score!
    For we’ll fight with a vim
    That is dead sure to win,
    For Old Nassau.

    Comment by Drownedpuppy (@Downpuppy) — October 11, 2017 @ 11:30 am

  8. The Milford Fight Song! (to the tune of “On, Wisconsin”)

    On you Mudlarks, On you Mudlarks, fight with all you’ve got!
    Try to keep your fortitude as you struggle through the plot!
    Though our coach is uninvolved we know what we must win –
    Champions of whatever state we’re in!

    Comment by Philip — October 11, 2017 @ 12:59 pm

  9. We didn’t have a fight song but I remember the cheerleaders from a school in Norfolk cheering…”We don’t smoke, we don’t drink, NORFOLK, NORFOLK!”

    Comment by Knoxy — October 11, 2017 @ 1:36 pm

  10. Or…

    On old Milford, on old Milford, drive them down the field!
    Pass the ball around to our team, just one “ease up” more!
    (Rah rah rah!)
    On old Milford, on old Milford, we love you just the same!
    Fight, fellows, fight, though we will lose this game…

    (Our high school fight song was lifted from “On, Wisconsin” too. I never understood that “Drive them down the field” line either. Our arch-rival’s song was lifted from Notre Dame’s, possibly the most stirring of all fight songs. But they had a terrific music department: with first and goal, their 200 piece band would launch into a jazzy arrangement of “Joshua at the Walls of Jericho.”

    It’s amazing what you learn reading Gil Thorp. I just found out that Ed Sheeran is not only a real person but a 26 year old MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.) I first assumed he was another Gail Martin.

    Comment by vaganova — October 11, 2017 @ 1:51 pm

  11. Glory, glory to old Milford!
    Glory, glory to old Milford!
    Glory, glory to old Milford!

    (Hey, it fits.)

    Comment by teenchy — October 11, 2017 @ 3:46 pm

  12. Do we go MILFord?
    Of course we do!

    Rah, rah, Ms American MILF
    Drove my girlfriend to the Bucket but the Bucket’s a bore
    And them raging cougars they were giving me more
    Singin’ this’ll be the day that I score
    This’ll be the day that I score

    Comment by Drownedpuppy (@Downpuppy) — October 11, 2017 @ 4:32 pm

  13. […] the dynamo who is driving the plot, Andre! Here he is as part of the crowd and here is where we confirm his name. We also see him here being kind of a jerk about supporting Little Ricky’s fledgling singing […]

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