Boston University Carols

Tidings of Comm Ave & Joy

Some things are just uniquely BU.

Whether you still live in Boston, haven’t been back in years, or aren’t sure how you stumbled upon such an excellent holiday page, we hope you enjoy this parodic foray into some traditional carols and songs of the season. It helps if you sing them aloud. Go ahead. No one else on the plane will mind.

Vote for your favorites, or offer up some BU titles of your own in the comments below. And you can share this page with anyone who enjoys laughter and bad puns. After all, ’tis the season. Or should we say, T’s the Season?

BU for the Holidays

Oh, there’s no place like BU for the holidays,
’cause no matter how far away you move,
when you pine for the bright shine of an icy glaze
on the Riverway, you can’t beat sweet BU.

I met a man who went to SED,
and he was headin’ for
Pennsylvania and some at-risk kids in need.
An ENG alumna, she was travelin’
from downtown to the South Shore,
testing plans for smarter cities;
she’ll report to her committee.

Oh, there’s no place like BU for the holidays,
’cause no matter how far away you move,
if you want to be happy in a million ways,
for the holidays, you can’t beat sweet BU.

Take a bus, take a jet,
take a distance class at MET,
tell the wife all about Sargent in the car.
For the pleasure that you know
when you see that bright “Citgo,”
no trip could be too far.

Oh, there’s no place like BU for the holidays,
’cause no matter how far away you move,
if you want to be happy in a million ways,
for the holidays, you can’t beat sweet BU.

For the holidays, you can’t beat sweet BU.

See also: “Home for the Holidays.”
Apologies to Composer Robert Allen and Lyricist Al Stillman, 1954.

Rhett it Snow!

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
but the BU Beach? Delightful.
Just look at that Terrier go.
Rhett It Snow! Rhett It Snow! Rhett It Snow!

The Marsh Chapel choir is singing.
In CAS, I heard a dinging;
the elevator’s got a weird glow,
Rhett It Snow! Rhett It Snow! Rhett It Snow!

When we finally catch the T,
how I’ll wish we had walked from the dorm,
but if you’ll take the seat by me,
all the way there I’ll be warm.

Let’s grab a quick beer at T’s Pub,
and maybe, order some grub.
It’s a BU holiday, so,
Rhett It Snow! Rhett It Snow! Rhett It Snow!

See also: “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”
Apologies to Composer Jule Styne and Lyricist Sammy Cahn, 1945.

T Ride Together With You

Just hear those car horns honk-aling,
Bumpers bonk-aling too
Come on, it’s lovely weather
For a T ride together with you.
Outside the snow is falling
And traffic’s stalling, boo-hoo.
Come on, it’s lovely weather
For a T ride together with you.
Clicky-clack, clicky-clack, clicky-clack,
some more can fit in, for sure,
Wedge your body in through the train’s back door.
Clicky-clack, clicky-clack, clicky-clack,
It’s grand, though you’ll have to stand,
We’re gliding along in a throng
Just watch where you put your hands.

Our cheeks are nice and rosy
And comfy cozy are we.
Just snuggle up together
On a seat of pleather with me.
Let’s take our monthly passes and
Take each other’s hands, too
Oh well, it’s lovely weather
For a T ride together with you.

There’s a B-Train coming
And it might just pass us by.
But we’ll wait at Packard’s Corner
For another ride.
We’ll be listening for the
Squealing wheels and seeking lights atop.
Is it an express or will it
really stop. Stop! Stop! Stop!

There’s a happy feeling
Nothing in the world can buy
When you find a seat that ‘gainst all odds is clean and dry
It’ll make us both smile even when we hear, “Folks, we’re standing by.”
These wonderful things are the things
We remember all through our lives!

Just hear those car horns honk-aling,
Bumpers bonk-aling too
Come on, it’s lovely weather
For a T ride together with you.
Outside the snow is falling
And traffic’s stalling, boo-hoo.
Come on, it’s lovely weather
For a T ride together with you.

See also: “Sleigh Ride.”
Apologies to Composer Leroy Anderson, 1946, and Conductor Arthur Fielder and the Boston Pops, 1949.

We are the Medical Campus

You know COM, SSW, SMG, SHA,
CGS, CFA, STH, LAW;
but do you know where
people go for their medical care?

We are the Medical Campus:
public health and dentistry,
and our School of Medicine,
near the statue of Hippocrates.

All of the other colleges
are more-or-less along Comm Ave,
but right here in the South End
you can find us in our labs.

We are helping people heal
all around the world,
shaping global policy,
you should really come and see.

So when you’re seeking advice
on health in your community,
hop on the BU shuttle
and ride it out to Albany! (Street!)

See also, “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
Apologies to creator Robert L. May, and composer/lyricist Johnny Marks, 1939.

My Terrier Things

Red and white mousepad and
red and white ball cap;
red and white sweatshirt and
a BU backpack;
Jack Parker bobbleheads
and my class ring:
these are a few of my Terrier things.

One thank-you puzzle
from Annual Giving,
a super-cute email
that came at Thanksgiving,
two luggage tags,
a BU USB:
these are a few of my Terrier things.

When I’m in town,
or feeling down,
and I need a lift,
I simply remember my Terrier things,
and then I renew
my gift.

See also, “My Favorite Things.”
Apologies to Rogers and Hammerstein (mostly Hammerstein), 1959.

Rough 'em Up, Terriers

Dashing down the field,
across an icy rink,
keeping steady keel,
so the shell won’t sink.

Make a full court press,
beat your fastest time,
slam it true over the net, and victory you’ll find.

Oh, rough ‘em up,
rough ‘em up;
our athletes sweep the field.

So many names
in the hall of fame,
cause Terriers don’t yield.

Oh, rough ‘em up,
rough ‘em up;
Terriers, let’s go!

We shot, full speed,
to the Patriot League,
now in those trophies flow.

The cracking of the bats,
divers on the boards,
bodies on the mats,
GPA awards.

In classrooms on Comm Ave,
reading books to kids,
working in the studio, maintaining BC’s skid:

Oh, Terriers, Terriers,
whether “home” or “guest,”
our student-athletes never quit;
they’re striving to be best.

Terriers, Terriers,
let’s go red and white,
you won’t stop
’til you reach the top,
I’ll cheer for you tonight.

See also, “One Horse Open Sleigh,” AKA “Jingle Bells.”
Apologies to James Lord Pierpont, 1857.

13 Comments on Boston University Carols

  • Excellent. Fav was Rhett it snow and T ride together with you.
    Well done!

  • Really cute! Someone spent a lot of time putting BU/Boston words to our favorite Christmas songs.

  • Thanks for the gift! The lyrics to all of the songs are all catchy, but my favorite is “My Terrier Things”. Happy Holidays to all there!!

  • Terrier their derriere in league this year.

  • Excellent……would expect nothing less from BU……MERRY CHRISTSMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

  • Love the trains, so it’s A T Ride Together With You!

  • “Rhett It Snow, Rhett it Snow, Rhett it Snow” what great lyrics!

  • Rhett it Snow is hilarious!!! Thanks for putting that extra ‘glow’ in my christmas. Merry Christmas BU!!!

  • Love Rhett It Snow!!!

  • My alma mater has done it again! Thank-you BU for brightening up my day. May 2014 be the best ever.

  • Great tunes. Very creative.That’s my alma mater for you!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Love It ALL! Merry Christmas And Happy Healthy New Year to BU/to ALL! xo

  • Congrats to the lyricist for “T Ride Together with You!” Well done BU. Happy New Year!

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