The History of The Wyoming ‘Beer Song’ [Video]
If you've ever been to a University of Wyoming game, you know, "In Heaven, There Is No Beer." There’s also no beer sold at War Memorial Stadium games yet, but there will be very soon.
Here are a few basics about what we simply call “The Beer Song.”
Besides Wyoming, "Beer Song" is also a staple on the home turfs of North Dakota State, University of Wisconsin, and other colleges across America. We don't know the institution that adopted it first, but it may be Yale because their version adds this verse, "At Harvard, there is no ale (No ale!) That's why we go to Yale. And when our livers fail, we'll still be glad we went to Yale."
The original German version of the song is "Im Himmelgibt'skein Bier." The song was originally composed as a movie score in 1956 by Ernst Neubach and Ralph Maria Siegelfor the film Die Fischerin vom Bodensee.
The English lyrics are credited to Art Walunas.
According to Wikipedia, the song was the inspiration for the title of the 1984 film, "In Heaven There Is No Beer," a documentary on polka and its followers.
Sing along if you'd like, because here are the lyrics:
In heaven, there is no beer.
That's why we drink it here (Right Here!)
and when we're gone from here,
our friends will be drinking all our beer!
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