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The Song of Redemption's Refrain

We, Hokie Nation, pause and gather our thoughts before today's contest. We search for meaning, and seek to place the bitter memories of defeat behind us. Never forgotten because in pain there is chance for redemption.

Big Changes, big challenges at Lane Stadium
Big Changes, big challenges at Lane Stadium
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Through the rain of disappointment and fog of pain

We find it within ourselves to gather our commitment

Breathe in deep draughts of clearing coolness

We struggle to our feet upon contest's plain

Despair fades as the ache recedes but never passes

And we resolve to rise from our defeat more humble

And victorious song reaches redemption's refrain