Saucers of Mud

January 24, 2008

SUNY Theme Song

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 6:35 pm

I heard they needed one, so here goes. Notice my emphasis on their high academic standards.

On the Lake Erie Shore
There’s a school called Buffalo
That’s where you wanna go
To get a college degree

You won’t have to cram
For a midterm or a final exam
If you’ve been studying hard
And there’s another campus in Potsdam
as well as Buffalo

Cayuga, Fredonia
Baby let us loan ya
tuition; you want to
go to Oneonta
Niagara, Oswego
Baby why don’t we go
down to Buffalo
we’ll take some classes and see what we know
That’s where we wanna go
Way down to Buffalo

Stony Brook, I wanna take a look

[sax solo]



  1. As you know, Mr. w, I was in Key West for a month or two around the holidays waiting for divorce to come through. It was an era in my life filled with Bryan Brownlike moments of despair and betrayal. And many was the time that this SUNY system theme song came on the radio. Or was it a song about a French man exploring the Tiko region of Cameroon? Who can recall. I will always associate it with the time of not eating traditional Christmas carrots, and instead floating recklessly drunk in aquamarine waters.

    Comment by foeb — January 26, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

  2. I am glad that you, at least, appreciate my little ditty.

    Comment by matt w — January 27, 2008 @ 7:56 pm

  3. Perhaps we can meet in New Paltz someday.

    Comment by foeb — January 27, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

  4. I’m not sure I want to reward a campus that refuses to scan.

    Comment by matt w — January 27, 2008 @ 8:00 pm

  5. I met in New Paltz someday. At a brew pub.

    Comment by standpipe — January 27, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

  6. “New Paltz” rhymes with “brew malts.” And “old salts,” and “no faults.”

    Stony Brook, I can’t help you with.

    Comment by Ben — January 27, 2008 @ 10:36 pm

  7. Excuse me, you covered Stony Brook. I meant to say Binghamton.

    Comment by Ben — January 27, 2008 @ 10:42 pm

  8. Oh, the rhymage for “New Paltz” isn’t a problem — it’s that it insists on being accented on the first syllable, when if it were accented on the second I could’ve done “New Paltz, O-neonta, baby don’t you wanta” instead of what I did do.

    Though (by the authority of Amazulu) “Montego” isn’t pronounced that way either, and the Stony Brook couplet was modeled on “Port au Prince, I want to catch a glimpse,” so it’s not like the Beach Boys are setting a high standard for scansion here.

    Comment by matt w — January 27, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

  9. You met in New Paltz without me? Negligent. New Pegligant, even.

    Comment by foeb — January 27, 2008 @ 10:54 pm

  10. Somehow, the thought of the Beach Boys in Port au Prince fills me with dread. Not the natty kind of dread, either, but the existential kind.

    Comment by Ben — January 29, 2008 @ 5:05 am

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