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    Land of Sky Blue Waters

    Questions for those who have been in the band.

    1. When did ISU begin using this song during games?

    2. When did ISU stop using this song during games?

    3. Why did ISU stop using this song during games?


    I was just thinking that I missed this song being played.

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eiu8BmnIzFE&feature=related]YouTube - Hamm's Beer Commercial (1950's)[/ame]



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    Re: Land of Sky Blue Waters

    Better than Sweet Caroline.


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    Re: Land of Sky Blue Waters

    The song became a regular feature at Hilton during the Johnny Orr era. I'm guessing it stopped in the late 80's or around 1990, but I don't remember exactly when. It was stopped because a few people complained that it was offensive to native Americans. I was really upset about it because I thought it was just another example of caving to the public pressure of political correctness. That song drove the Hilton crowd into a frenzy. They came up with another song to try to replace it, but it never came close.



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    Re: Land of Sky Blue Waters

    MNclone, is that the full version of the song?


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    Re: Land of Sky Blue Waters

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneaholic View Post
    The song became a regular feature at Hilton during the Johnny Orr era. I'm guessing it stopped in the late 80's or around 1990, but I don't remember exactly when. It was stopped because a few people complained that it was offensive to native Americans. I was really upset about it because I thought it was just another example of caving to the public pressure of political correctness. That song drove the Hilton crowd into a frenzy. They came up with another song to try to replace it, but it never came close.
    Thanks for the info, I figured it had something to do with PC'ness. I bet there would be quite the reaction if they pulled it out just once in Hilton.



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    Re: Land of Sky Blue Waters

    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith86 View Post
    MNclone, is that the full version of the song?

    I think that may skip a few verses in the middle.
    Here are all the lyrics per wikipedia.

    From the Land of Sky Blue Waters,
    From the land of pines' lofty balsams,
    Comes the beer refreshing,
    Hamm's the beer refreshing.

    Brewed where nature works her wonders,
    Aged for many moons,
    gently mellowed,
    Hamm's the beer refreshing,
    Hamm's the beer refreshing.

    From across the rippling water,
    Through the whisp'ring pines and birches,
    Comes the beer refreshing,
    Hamm's the beer refreshing.

    Comes a call to cool enchantment,
    Comes a call to cool refreshment,
    Hamm's the beer refreshing,
    Hamm's the beer refreshing.

    Hints of lakes and sunset breezes,
    Dance and sparkle in each glassful,
    Hamm's the beer refreshing,
    Hamm's the beer refreshing.


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    Re: Land of Sky Blue Waters

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneaholic View Post
    The song became a regular feature at Hilton during the Johnny Orr era. I'm guessing it stopped in the late 80's or around 1990, but I don't remember exactly when. It was stopped because a few people complained that it was offensive to native Americans. I was really upset about it because I thought it was just another example of caving to the public pressure of political correctness. That song drove the Hilton crowd into a frenzy. They came up with another song to try to replace it, but it never came close.
    Was not those the good old days - back in the sky blue waters for the Native Americans.


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    Re: Land of Sky Blue Waters

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneaholic View Post
    The song became a regular feature at Hilton during the Johnny Orr era. I'm guessing it stopped in the late 80's or around 1990, but I don't remember exactly when. It was stopped because a few people complained that it was offensive to native Americans. I was really upset about it because I thought it was just another example of caving to the public pressure of political correctness. That song drove the Hilton crowd into a frenzy. They came up with another song to try to replace it, but it never came close.
    I agree with most of your post. Just adding that I was at ISU from 91-95 and they did play it for some if not all of that time.

    The person who wrote this song is native american, so how can it be offensive?


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    Re: Land of Sky Blue Waters

    So that can be used as Hamm's theme song?


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    Re: Land of Sky Blue Waters

    Quote Originally Posted by chadm View Post
    The person who wrote this song is native american, so how can it be offensive?
    I think the melody of the song comes from an indian war chant and that was why a few people complained that it wasn't appropriate.



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    Re: Land of Sky Blue Waters

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneaholic View Post
    I think the melody of the song comes from an indian war chant and that was why a few people complained that it wasn't appropriate.

    Why is the chant copyrighted and off limits? They could collect revenues for the song if they were smart. Instead, they need to run casinos to make money. The same could be said about the gregorian Chants.


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    Re: Land of Sky Blue Waters

    It had nothing to do with copywrites. Now I'm not sure about this, but I think it was just a matter of a few people complaining that it was offensive to take a sacred kind of song that was part of native american heritage and play it at sporting events. I don't think native americans in central Iowa really felt this way, but because a few people complained, the university felt it was best to stop playing the song. It was a real shame, because it was so popular that it drove the crowd into a frenzy right before the opening tip off.



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    Re: Land of Sky Blue Waters

    Looks like the original song was published in 1909. We could have a centennial return to Hilton this spring!!



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    Re: Land of Sky Blue Waters

    Almost as old as the native Americans in Minnesota.


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    Re: Land of Sky Blue Waters

    shame the university caved in on this song. IN the band we called it Indian Chant or War Chant or something. Everybody would stand up and do a 'gator type chomp clap' and get pumped up. The university dropped it due to pc reasons. The band tried to change the beat to a 'rock beat' but it was a dismal failure. In protest, I began doing tomahawk chops. Too bad. It was a great cheer back in the day.



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