1931 IN REVIEW
Sparked by a 9-0 start, the Packers become the first team to win three straight NFL Championships with a 12-2 record, holding off a challenge from the Portsmouth Spartans.
GO YOU PACKERS GO
The 2006 season marked the 75th anniversary of the team’s official song, ‘Go! You Packers Go!’ Originally composed by Eric Karll in 1931, the song still is played before every game at Lambeau Field, after introductions and before the national anthem. Few people know that the famous modern-day chant, “Go, Pack, Go,” shouted by fans in unison at home games, orignated from Karll’s composition. Karll’s work came on the heels of Green Bay’s three consecutive NFL championships (1929-31). Capturing the spirit of the day, and the passion of fans in his home state, Karll enjoyed a successful composing career. He flourished on the vaudeville circuit, becoming a renowned and highly regarded lyricist and musical producer. A pioneer in the early days of radio, Karll also originated a nationally syndicated show, Down at Herman’s. During World War I, he produced a musical entitled Welcome Home, Sweet Home, to
entertain troops of the 32nd Division. He also drafted political music. One
of his jingles, Welcome Mr. Roosevelt, was used on the campaign trail to
inspire voters to re- elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt to a second term.
Born in 1888 in Reedsburg, Wis., Karll passed away in 1973. But his
legacy lives on his music, especially before every game at Lambeau
Field. The song’s lyrics:
Hail, hail, the gang’s all here to yell for you
and keep you going in your winning ways
Hail, hail, the gang’s all here to tell you, too, that, win or lose,
we’ll always sing your praises
Go, you Packers, go and get ’em
Go, you fighting fools, upset ’em
Smash their line with all your might
A touchdown, Packers, fight! Fight! Fight!
Fight on, you blue and gold, to glory
Win the game, the same old story
Fight, you Packers, fight and bring the bacon home to old Green Bay