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“Our Time, Our Yale”

Class of ’66 Anthem

It seems a lifetime since we joined each other here at Yale.
How could the years have gone on by…so quickly?
We were bright-eyed boys when we descended on this place;
Now the eyes are dimmer, and there’re lines on every face.

It was September, in the fall of nineteen sixty-two.
We came from almost everywhere…remember?
Sunny sometime-scholars, was there doubt behind the cheer?
Were we all quite ready for the test of Freshman Year?

So raise a glass together,
That they might last forever:
Mem’ries of OUR TIME, OUR YALE…
Those years belong to us.
Yes, those years belong to us.

We faced the light, and felt the flame of truth passed on to us.
We mourned the loss of Kennedy…deeply.
Our generation’s seismic shift first stirred while we were here;
A Brewster and a Coffin bent tradition without fear.

A thousand ways we went that day in June we said goodbye:
We left for school; we left for war…sadly.
A thousand lives we lived apart, yet once again we’re near,
Still joined in common quest for meaning we began while here.

So raise a glass together,
That they might last forever:
Mem’ries of OUR TIME, OUR YALE…
Those years belong to us.
Yes, those years belong to us…alone.

Words and Music © 2011 Damon W. Baker ’66