January 26, 2007

‘Sell Out Seibert’ Story Elicits Alumni Memories

“...I specifically remember a Step Sing performance that not only took place in Seibert Hall, but was about Seibert Hall...”

(Editor’s Note:  A recent Belltower story on Seibert Hall elicited several responses from readers about favorite memories.  The following was received from 1970 graduate Marvin Champion of Warner Robins, Ga.  Samford fans are reminded that Jan. 29 has been designated “Sell Out Seibert” night in honor of the 45-year history of Samford’s gym.  And, to enjoy this year’s Step Sing, purchase tickets online beginning Jan. 31.)

Seibert StadiumI was a Samford student from 1966-1970. At that time, before any of the large auditoriums and recital halls had been built, Seibert Hall was the site of many activities for the average student. Physical education and health classes, convocations, basketball games, homecoming concerts, recreational sports, and Step Sings are just a few that come to mind. I specifically remember a Step Sing performance that not only took place in Seibert Hall, but was about Seibert Hall. I think the year was 1968 when a group of athletes (mostly football players) decided to compete in the Independent Organization category. They sang two original compositions (parodies) sung to the tunes of two popular songs of the day.

The song that pertained to Seibert Hall was sung to the tune of "Yellow Submarine" by the Beatles and contained the refrain, "We all live in the bottom of the gym." The second song was sung to the tune of "Ode to Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry and referred to Coach John Lee Armstrong jumping off the Lake Purdy Bridge. Compared to other organizations, it was a rather crude performance with no harmony, no special dress, and no backdrops or props. Everyone sang from sheets of paper with the words printed on them, but the creative humor and irreverence of the two songs brought the house down.

While cleaning up after the performance, I salvaged two discarded sheets with the words, so I'm able to share the song about Seibert Hall.

(Sung to the tune of "Yellow Submarine")

In the town of Birmingham
is a school named Samford U,
and we'll tell you of our lives
in this land of Sunday School.

So we sailed into the sun
until we found our field of green
and we live next to the pool
in the bottom of the gym.

(Refrain)We all live in the bottom of the gym,
bottom of the gym, bottom of the gym.
We all live in the bottom of the gym,
bottom of the gym, bottom of the gym.

And our friends are all aboard
Coach Armstrong and some more.
And the team begins to play,
and the coaches start to pray.

(Refrain)

And we live a life of pain, (life of pain)
Everyone of us wish for rain, (wish for rain)
Sky of blue, (sky of blue)
And field of green, (field of green),
makes us ugly, makes us mean.

(Refrain)

Respond to this Story

Do you have a favorite Seibert Hall memory?  Share is with us by e-mail: bltwr@samford.edu.  Additional remembrances will be included in future issues of Belltower.

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