Lady Godiva

Date Of Origin: Unknown

Status: ACTIVE

RESS Handbook 1992-93, provided by MECU

The History:

Lady Godiva, commonly called Godiva among Engineers, was the Countess of Mercia. She lived during 1066 to 1086 and was a noblewoman. Godiva was the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. Godiva birthed nine children. Her name means “gift of God” in Old English. Godiva is the Latin version of her name.

Lady Godiva and her husband were highly influential in the Anglo-Saxon community being donors and inspiration for many works of art and jewelry. In the 12th Century, Roger of Wendover credits Godiva as the force behind his writing act. Later, in the 13th Century, is the first recorded legend of Godiva riding in the nude adapted by Roger of Wendover. Modern historians do not regard the legend as plausible as it is not mentioned until two centuries after the death of Godiva. 

The main part of the legend includes that Godiva pitied the people of Coventry who were suffering due to her husband’s taxation. It is said that Lady Godiva appealed to her husband many times who again and again refused to lower the taxes. Finally, he agreed to her demands only if she rode fully naked on a horse throughout the streets of the town. She then issued a proclamation that all persons should stay indoors and shut their windows as she rode through the town only covered by her long hair. The name “Peeping Tom” also comes from this legend as a man named Thomas watched her ride through Coventry. 

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The Hymn:

Godiva’s Hymn from 1993 Rampage, provided by MECU


We are we are we are we are we are the engineers 

We can we can we can we can demolish forty beers 

So come so come so come so come so come along with us 

For we don’t give a damn for any old man who don’t give a damn for us! 


Godiva was a lady who through Coventry did ride 

To show to all the villagers he lovely bare white hide 

The most observant villager an engineer of course 

Was the only one who noticed that Godiva rode a horse!

I’ve come a long long way she said and I will go as far 

With the man who takes me from this horse and leads me to a bar 

The men who took her from her stead and stood her to a beer

Was a bleary eyed surveyor and a drunken engineer!

My father was a miner from the northern Malamute

My mother was a mistress in a house of ill-repute 

They kicked me out at an early age and neither shed a tear 

Saying get out of here you Son of a Bitch and become an Engineer!

An artsie and an engineer once found a gallon can 

Said the artsie, “Match me drink for drink and prove that you’re a man” 

They drank three drinks, the artsie fell his face was turning green 

But the engineer kept drinking, it was only gasoline!

A maiden and an engineer were sitting in a park 

The engineer was busy doing research after dark 

His scientific method was a marvel to observe 

While his right hand wrote the figures his left hand traced the curves!


After reading Kama Sutra, they tried position number 9, 

For proving masculinity it truly was divine 

But then one day the girl rebelled and threw him on his rear 

For he was a feeble artsie and she an engineer!

The modern engineer must be politically correct

No more motors lubricating no more buildings rise erect 

No more electrical capacitors whose plates are high and fair 

Instead of problem solving lets just sit around and care!


A Commie and an Engineer were stranded on a boat,

One person too heavy though, the poor boat wouldn’t float.

The Engineer would flip a coin to settle the dispute,

So she flipped it in the water and the Commie gave pursuit!

A man sat in a tavern with a lovely looking lass

And stared when for the nineteenth time she raised and drained her glass

He said “You’ve out drunk four strong men, and half the bar, my dear.”

But the maiden smiled demurely and said “I’m an engineer.”

Our glory is in work well done; Our might, the might to do.

And all our skill is spent to fill, and bring our promise true.

Our music is a motor’s hum; our path is with the spheres.

It is the will and dream to build that makes us Engineers!


An Engineer once came to school so drunk and very late,

Carrying a load that you’d expect to ship by freight,

The only things that held him up and kept him on his course,

Were a boundary condition and the electromotive force.

Late one night, an engineer was lost in work and toil,

He set off to find a darling girl to help discharge his coil.

In no time at all he’d warmed her up, her resistance at a low…

They fluxed until the morning’s light, when their fuses, they did blow.


Now Venus was a statue made entirely of stone,

There’s not a fig leaf on her, she’s as naked as a bone;

On noticing her arms were broke, an Engineer discoursed,

The damn thing’s busted concrete, it should be reinforced.


A wide-eyed Artsie and a Chemical Engineer

Were formulating molecule equations over beer.

Each drank a glass of water, but the Artsie hit the floor,

For what he thought was H2O was H2SO4!

When Mechs are feeling tired and when Civils are worn out

There’s just one place to go and that’s the Ram, without a doubt

So the next time that you drink an ice-cold, golden, frothy beer

Get on your worthless knees and thank a Chemical Engineer!


An indy and an aero were applying for a job 

Only one can conquer and the other one will sob 

The Indy works hard with their eyes on the prize 

They always get the job because THEY CAN OPTIMIZE!