The Whiffenpoof Song (Tod B. Galloway)

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  • (Posted 2013-07-22)  CPDL #29688:       (Finale 2011)
Editor: James W. Keefe (submitted 2013-07-20).   Score information: Letter, 17 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Verse is arranged a cappella for Mens Quartet or Chorus and SATB with piano accompaniment for the chorus.
  • (Posted 2000-10-09)  CPDL #01464:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 2000-10-09).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 63 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MP3 file available at Whiffenpoof's website.

General Information

Title: The Whiffenpoof Song
Composer: Tod B. Galloway
Lyricist: Meade Minnigerode

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: TTBB or SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: The text of the Whiffenpoof Song, the theme song of the Yale University Whiffenpoof Choir, is from 1909-10. It was a parody on one of Rudyard Kipling's "Barrack-Room Ballads" entitled "Gentlemen-Rankers." That text was set to music by Tod B. Galloway in 1909. The actual text of the Whiffenpoof Song was written by Meade Minnigerode and George S. Pomery c. 1910 and set to Galloway's melody. The work is in the public domain. It is used here in accordance with the CPDL copyright license which allows users to download,print, copy and distribute a score freely and even modify the score or text under the same license conditions. For more,see

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Original text and translations

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To the tables down at Mory's
To the place where Louie dwells
To the dear old Temple bar we love so well
Sing the Whiffenpoofs assembled with their glasses raised on high
And the magic of their singing casts its spell

Yes, the magic of their singing of the songs we love so well
"Shall I Wasting" and "Mavourneen" and the rest
We will serenade our Louie while life and voice shall last
Then we'll pass and be forgotten with the rest.


We're poor little lambs who have lost our way
Baa, baa, baa
We're little black sheep who have gone astray
Baa, baa, baa

Gentleman songsters off on a spree
Doomed from here to eternity
Lord have mercy on such as we
Baa, baa, baa.