On Tuesday, the Wolfpack community mourned the loss of one of its own. J. Perry Watson, former director of NC State’s music department and author of the lyrics to “The Red & White Song,” passed away.
When Watson wrote the lyrics to “The Red & White Song,” he anticipated students and fans would eventually replace words to the “Come over the hill, Caroline” part, suggesting a slightly warmer relocation for those pesky Tarheels.
The song debuted at a NCSU vs. Maryland basketball game on February 13, 1961, as an alternative fight song. Although it isn’t NCSU’s official fight song, it is definitely the most fun to sing and has remained a staple for many athletic events, especially when celebrating a win.
So whether you stick to the original lyrics, or shout “Go to Hell, Carolina” at the top of your lungs, let’s take a moment to remember J. Perry Watson for creating one of many Wolfpack traditions.
For a more detailed celebration of J. Perry Watson’s contributions to the NC State, check out the University’s website.
The Red & White Song
by J. Perry Watson
We’re the Red and White from State
And we know we are the best.
A hand behind our back,
We can take on all the rest.
Come over the hill, Caroline.
Devils and Deacs stand in line.
The Red and White from N.C. State.