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"Hark The Sound" is the alma mater of the University of North Carolina, written by William Starr Myers of the class of 1897. It is sung at the end of athletic events (win or lose) and other university gatherings, and is set to the music of "Annie Lisle".

It is usually followed by a rendition of Carolina's fight song, "I'm a Tar Heel Born".[1]


The first of the three verses is as follows; it is the only portion sung at University events:

Hark the sound of Tar Heel voices
Ringing clear and true.
Singing Carolina's praises.
Shouting N-C-U.
N-C-U !

Hail to the brightest star of all
Clear its radiance shine
Carolina priceless gem.
Receive all praises thine.

The second and third verses[2] are as follows; they are not typically sung at University events:

'Neath the oaks thy sons and daughters
Homage pay to thee
Time worn walls give back their echo
Hail to U.N.C.

Though the storms of life assail us
Still our hearts beat true
Naught can break the friendships formed at
Dear old N.C.U.

NCU is an antiquated abbreviation for "North Carolina University." Since at least the 1980s, it has been common to yell N-C-U! in the line shouting NCU. Also, after clear its radiance shine, students will stomp their feet in time with the drum roll.

In recent years, it has become common among students and younger alumni to shout priceless gem instead of singing it.

The composer was a member of the UNC Men's Glee Club when he wrote this piece.

In 2006, the lyrics of the second verse of Hark the Sound were officially changed. The first line was changed from "sons true hearted" to "sons and daughters."[3]




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