Venus Trapped in Mars

10 October 2014

Home Sweet Home To Me

There are few things in this world that get me more excited than college Tennessee football season. The smell of smokey dogs on tailgate grills, mimosas for noon-time kickoffs, snagging 50 yard-line seats at the last minute from a scalper, losing your voice from screaming as your running back tip toes through the end zone to win the game late in the fourth quarter... ok well I haven't had the luxury of seeing that last one in a few years 10 years.

Which leads me to the point of this post.

It is HOMECOMING time in Tennessee!

If you've followed me on twitter for any length of time, you'll see me using a couple of different hashtags. #GBO- which stands for GO BIG ORANGE.... and #VFL which stands for VOL FOR LIFE (without the possibility of parole).

Although winning has not been at the top of our priority list in the past few years 10 years, this year, fingers crossed, might change all of that! We have a great coach and we just need to get one big SEC win under our belt... because the SEC teams are all so easy to beat, right?

My favorite thing about the University of Tennessee is screaming, chanting and singing with the Pride of the Southland marching band, to the best fight song in all the land....


I bet if you asked everyone in the SEC what the most annoying fight song is, they would say Rocky Top. (side note, they would be wrong because that is not actually our fight song but that is for another post on another day) They say annoying, I say heavenly music to my ears. Tomato, tomato... ok well that expression doesn't really work via text, moving on....

As a student, you are required to know every word to Rocky Top. There is a test. Am I kidding, well, I'll let you decide. Today, I'm here to share the lyrics to Rocky Top along with some of my favorite pictures and memories from the University of Tennessee baby! I said it's great to be a Tennessee Vol! Happy homecoming weekend to my fellow alum and Vol fans everywhere! 

Rocky Top -- as sung and celebrated by Venus Trapped in Mars

Wish that I was on ole Rocky Top,
 down in the  Tennessee hills.
Ain't no smoggy smoke on Rocky Top
Ain't no telephone Bills

Once there was a girl on Rocky Top
Half bear the other half cat.
Wild as a mink, but sweet as soda pop
I still dream about that

Rocky top you'll always be, 
home sweet home to me.
Good ole Rocky Top (Whoo!)
Rocky Top Tennessee, Rocky Top Tennessee

Once two starngers climbed ole Rocky Top
Lookin for a moonshine still
Strangers ain't come down from Rocky Top
Reckon they never will

Corn won't grow at all on Rocky Top,
Dirt's too rocky by far.
That's why all the folks on Rocky Top 
Get their corn from a jar.

Rocky top, you'll always be
Home sweet home to me.
Good ole Rocky top (WHOO!)
Rocky top Tennessee, Rocky top Tennessee

Now I've had years of cramped up city life,
 Trapped like a duck in a pen.
Now all I know is it's a pity life 
Can't be simple again

Rocky top you'll always be
Home sweet home to me!
Good ole Rocky Top (WHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Rocky Top Tennessee, Rocky Top Tennessee

Rocky Top Tennesseeee eeeee eeeeeeeeeee eeeeee!!


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  1. I don't know that I've ever heard it sung, you'll have to sing it to me next time :)

  2. Friend, you KNOW I'm singing Rocky Top. GO VOLS! (I miss Homecoming week...)

  3. I'm from Seattle, but I'm here in Knoxville for college, and I must say this whole college football culture is very new to me! But I love it!! I love fall in the south!

  4. I think you should come to Oxford next weekend for the Ole Miss/TN game...just saying, we'd have a blast and I could show you around the best college town EVERRRR :)

  5. I'm still upset that I will be missing out on the TN vs. AL game this year in TN. I wanted to go to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We were married on the 3rd weekend in October, in 2011. I just thought it would be fitting since the game happened during our wedding 3 years ago. Unfortunately we are celebrating our anniversary in Memphis TN this coming week, FORTUNATELY it's with Pearl Jam so I'm totally OK with missing the game, I guess I'll try for the game again in 2 years when its on TN's turf. I've just always wanted to see an AL game in TN's stadium, odd right? :)

  6. oh man, now it's stuck in my head. that's really why we say we hate it. it's so darn catchy, I'll be whistling it for the rest of the day.

  7. I wish my school had a football team to brag about. And I have NO idea if we had a fight song. I suppose we probably did, but I never learned it. Basketball season, though? I'm all over that.

  8. My boyfriend is a huge Tennessee fan, so he'll love this post. He knows your pain in recent years. Happy Homecoming! :)

  9. I can't think of a single thing to mind is just empty but I came and I read just so you know

  10. Without fail no matter how far from good on Knox I move, the first question people always ask me (especially once libations have been flowin) is to sing Rocky Top. Best song to my ears and nothin feels more like home then singin with thousands of your closest friends in Neyland or the Summit...Mmmm home, thanks for this post :)

  11. The first time I ever found your blog, I saw that you were a Tennessee fan and immediately became a follower.

    Rocky Top FOREVER!

  12. I live in Florida now, but still...Rocky Top forever!


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