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"I'm a Tar Heel Born" is the official fight song of the University of North Carolina. It originated in the late 1920s as an add-on (or "tag") to the school's alma mater, "Hark The Sound". Today, the song is almost always played immediately after the singing of "Hark The Sound", even during more formal occasions such as convocation and commencement. Just before home football and basketball games, the song is played by the Bell Tower near the center of campus, and is often played after major victories. [1]


I'm a Tar Heel born, I'm a Tar Heel bred.
And when I die, I'm a Tar Heel dead.
So it's rah-rah, Car'lina-'lina!
Rah-rah, Car'lina-'lina!
Rah-rah, Car'lina-'lina!
Rah, rah, rah!

Rah, rah, rah! is rarely sung, except by older fans. From the 1970s through the early 1990s, it was usually replaced by "Go to hell State!"; N.C. State was UNC's major athletic rival in sports other than basketball for most of the 20th century. Since the early 1990s, it has usually been replaced with Go to hell, Duke! However, the State variation was taught at freshman orientation well into the 1990s.

The traditional "Go To hell State!" is still commonly used during the football season. However, it is the Duke variation that has become popular in recent years, especially among younger fans unaware of past tradition. Other variations occasionally appear. For instance, during a 1996 football game in which the Tar Heels routed Clemson 45-0, some students were heard replacing the last line with Clemson sucks! Also, during the Tar Heels' unexpected run to the 2000 Final Four, students replaced the last line with Go to hell, Florida!

See also


  1. ^ "UNC School Songs." Retrieved on March 9, 2008.


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