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"'Annie Lisle'" is an 1857 ballad by Boston, Massachusetts songwriter H. S. Thompson, first published by Moulton & Clark of Newburyport, Massachusetts, and later by Oliver Ditson & Co.Fuld, James J., [https://books.google.com/books?id=EVninY59ul0C&pg=PA102&lpg=PA102&&source=web&ots=XClZmxsypH&sig=8ivZt3_-h2bLiLo46kBuVbA87fw#PPA102,M1 'The Book of World-Famous Music: Classical, Popular, and Folk'], 5th Ed. Courier Dove, 2000. It is about the death of a young maiden, by what some have speculated to be tuberculosis, although the lyric does not explicitly mention tuberculosis, or "consumption" as it was called then. The song might have slipped into obscurity had the tune not been adopted by countless colleges, universities, and high schools worldwide as their respective alma mater songs.


In popular culture

*The tune is used for the Alma Mater songs at a number of high schools and universities. 'Cornell University' is believed to be the first school to have used this melody for its 'Alma Mater'. Other universities that use it, many with similar lyrics, include 'the College of William & Mary', 'University of Alabama', 'Indiana University', 'University of Missouri', 'University of Georgia', 'University of North Carolina', 'Vanderbilt University', Swarthmore College, Howard Payne University, 'The University of Akron', and 'American University of Beirut'.Cornell Songs, [https://cuchorus.com/cornell-songs Cornell University Chorus, 101 Lincoln Hall, Ithaca, NY]

*The tune played as the Alma Mater of Springfield College on the TV show 'Father Knows Best', season 6, episode 8, "Margaret's Old Flame".

*The tune is used in the parting song for the Kellerman Resort in the 1987 film 'Dirty Dancing', as well as the tune sung by the Purdue University students in the 1953 film 'Titanic'.

*The tune is played over the opening credits of the 1942 Merrie Melodies cartoon 'The Dover Boys at Pimento University'.

*The tune was featured in 'Hey Arnold!' as the school song of PS-118

*The tune was used for the Civil War battle song "Ellsworth's Avengers" [words by A. Lora Hudson, musical adaptation by S. L. Coe] paying tribute to Col. Elmer Ellsworth, the first Union officer killed in the conflict. He was shotgunned by the innkeeper after removing a confederate flag from the rooftop of an Alexandria, Virginia hotel.

*A snippet of the melody is sung, with different words and alongside many others, by the Butterfly in the animated movie "The Last Unicorn."

*The tune is used at the end of the 1989 film Shag for the alma mater song of Spartanburg High School.

*The tune is used as the melody for the alma mater song of Anarene High School in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show.


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