Godiva

The Engineering Hymn is a very important song to engineering students and will be sung throughout the week. Why Godiva? Well, let’s see what wikipedia has to say about that:

In some university engineering faculties, military engineering corps and other engineering organisations, Lady Godiva is regarded as a mascot and called the “Patron Saint of Engineers” or “Goddess of Engineering.” The origin is unclear, although it probably developed in Britain, where several early engineering schools were founded during the industrial revolution.

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Some university down the road has a bit more to say about it:

Lady Godiva was the beautiful wife of Leofric III, Earl of Mercia and lord of Coventry. The people of that city were suffering grievously under the earl’s oppressive taxation. Lady Godiva appealed again and again to her husband, who obstinately refused to remit the tolls. At last, weary of her entreaties, he said he would grant her request if she would ride naked through the streets of the town. Lady Godiva took him at his word, and after issuing a proclamation that all persons should keep within doors or shut their windows, she rode through, clothed only in her long hair. One person disobeyed her proclamation, a tailor, ever afterwards known as Peeping Tom. He bored a hole in his shutters that he might see Godiva pass. Her husband kept his word and abolished the onerous taxes.

Lady Godiva is the patron Saint of Engineering because her story captures the essence of selfless dedication to the betterment of society, which all engineers are bound to. We honor Lady Godiva through our song, the Engineers’ Hymn, which is sung at most engineering schools in North America.

So there you have it! Even if you subtract all the history and camaraderie, you still have a fun song to learn and sing.  You’ll find some of the lyrics below, but remember: new, hilarious verses are always in demand, and may even earn you a nickname.

Chorus:

(Everybody sings)

We are, we are, we are, we are, we are the Engineers
We can, we can, we can, we can demolish forty beers
So come, so come, so come, so come, so come along with us
For we don’t give a damn for any old man who don’t give a damn for us

Verses:

Godiva was a lady who through Coventry did ride
To show to all the villagers her lovely bare white hide
The most observant man of all, an Engineer of course
Was the only one to notice that Godiva rode a horse

“I’ve come a long, long way,” she said, “and I will go as far”
“With the man who takes me from my horse and leads me to a bar”
The men who took her from her steed and stood her to a beer
Were a bleary-eyed Surveyor and a drunken Engineer!

Venus is a statue made entirely of stone
There is not a fig leaf on her, she’s as naked as a bone
On noticing her arms were broke an Engineer discoursed
“The damn thing’s busted concrete, it should be reinforced!”

A maiden and an Engineer were sitting in a park
The Engineer was busy doing research after dark
His scientific method was a marvel to observe
While his right hand wrote the figures down, his left hand traced the curves

My father was a miner in the northern Malamute
My mother was a mistress in a house of ill repute
They kicked me out at an early age and neither shed a tear
Saying “Get out of here you son of a bitch and join the Engineers!”

The army and the navy boys went out to have some fun
Down to the local tavern where the fiery liquors run
But all they found were empties for the Engineers had come
And traded all their instruments for gallon kegs of rum

An artsie and an Engineer once found a gallon can
Said the artsie, “Match me drink for drink, to prove that you’re a man”
They took three drinks, the artsie fell, his face was turning green
But the Engineer drank on and said, “It’s only gasoline!”

Caesar set out for Egypt at the age of fifty-three
But Cleopatra’s blood was warm, her heart was young and free
And every night when Julius left her house at 3 o’clock
A Roman Engineer waiting just around the block

On reading Kama Sutra, they tried position nine
For proving masculinity it truly was divine
But then one night the girl rebelled and kicked him on his rear
For he was a feeble artsie and she an Engineer

[Ladies' chorus, to be sung directly following the "Kama Sutra" verse]
We are, we are, we are, we are the Female Engineers
We can, we can, we can, we can drink twice as many beers
Bring men, bring men, bring men, bring men, and come along with us
Cause we don’t give a fuck for any old fuck who can’t get it up for us

I happened once upon a maid whose eyes were full of fire
Her physical endowments would have made your hands perspire
To my surprise she told me that she never had been kissed
For her boyfriend was a tired engineering Scientist!

My mother pedals opium, my fathers on the dole
My sister used to walk the streets but now she’s on parole
My brother runs a restaurant with bedrooms in the rear
But they won’t even speak to me ’cause I’m an Engineer

Rapunzel let her hair down for two suitors down below
So one of them could grab a hold and give the old heave-ho
The prince began to climb at once, but soon came out the worst
For the Engineer rode up a lift, and reached Rapunzel first

Sir Francis Drake and all his ships set out for Calais Bay
They heard the Spanish Rum Fleet was heading up that way
But the Engineers had them beat by a night and half a day
And though they were so far away you still could hear them say…

An Engineer once came to class so very drunk and late
Carrying a load that you’d expect to ship by freight
The only things that held him up and kept him on his course
Were the boundary condition and the electromotive force

So now you’ve heard our story and you know we’re Engineers
We love to love our women/fellas and we love to drink our beers
We’ll drink to anyone who comes from far and near
‘Cause we’re a hell-of-a, hell-of-a, hell-of-a, hell-of-a, hell-of-an Engineer!