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SHWAREE

KIDNAPPING A GROOM FROM HIS BRIDE ON HIS WEDDING NIGHT. WHEN THE
GROOM WAS KIDNAPPED HE WAS BLIND FOLDED, WITH HIS HANDS AND FEET TIED
TOGETHER. HE WAS THEN TAKEN OUT INTO THE WOOD AND LEFT,
HE HAD TO FIND
HIS OWN WAY BACK TO THE CABIN. WHEN HE DID AND IF HE DID FIND THE
WAY BACK, A GROUP OF PEOPLE WOULD THEN GATHER AT THE COUPLES'S DOOR
AND SING LOVE SONGS WISHING THEM HAPPINESS THROUGHOUT MARRIED LIFE
TOGETHER.

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM WAS VERY POPULAR WITH THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN THE SOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serenade Charivari
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Disturbing bride and groom Charivari Shivaree Belling

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WEDDING NIGHT

IF THE COUPLE WOULD NOT GO ON A HONEYMOON, NEIGHBORS WOULD
SERENADE OUTSIDE THEIR HOME, UNTIL THEY RECEIVED A TREAT OR DONATION

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serenade Charivari
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Disturbing bride and groom Charivari Shivaree Belling

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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LAS MANANITAS

ON A PERSON'S BIRTHDAY, USUALLY A PERSON OF IMPORTANCE IN THE TOWN,
PEOPLE OF THE TOWN AWAKEN THIS PERSON WITH THE TRADITIONAL SONG,
"LAS MANANITAS". WHEN THE PERSON AWAKES, HE/SHE INVITES THE SINGERS
INSIDE FOR CAKE AND DRINK. THERE IS USUALLY A CELEBRATION IN THE
TOWN SQUARE LATER IN THE DAY.

Submitter comment: THIS SONG IS CURRENTLY USED AS THE FIRST SONG IN ANY SERENADE, A
RITUAL FOR WAKING SOMEONE UP.

Where learned: MEXICO ; COXCATLAN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serenade Charivari
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

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AFTER A WEDDING THE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS OF THE MARRIED COUPLE
GATHER AROUND THEIR WINDOW AND SING AND MAKE NOISE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE TO DISTRACT THEIR FREINDS DURING THE HONEYMOON
THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

James Callow Keyword(s): CHARIVARI

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serenade Charivari
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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MARRIAGE CUSTOM

AFTER A YOUNG COUPLE RETURNS HOME FROM THEIR HONEYMOON, THE PEOPLE
WOULD ALWAYS HAVE A "BANJO". THAT MEANS THEY WAIT UNTIL THEY ARE
SETTLED IN BED AND THEN EVERYONE MEETS AT THEIR HOUSE AND BLOWS
HORNS AND YELLS UNTIL THE BRIDE AND GROOM COME OUT AND INVITE
EVERYONE IN.

Submitter comment: ITEM WAS LEARNED IN NOVA SCOTIA ALTHOUGH COLLECTED IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BOTSFORD GRADE SCHOOL ; CLARENCEVILLE DISTRICT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHARIVARI ; SHIVAREE

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serenade Charivari
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Disturbing bride and groom Charivari Shivaree Belling
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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IN LATIN COUNTRIES IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR A MAN TO SERENADE
THE WOMAN HE LOVES. IN ANGONE, A TOWN IN THE REGION OF
MOLISE, ITALY, A MAN WILL GATHER SOME OF HIS FRIENDS AND/OR
HIRE SOME MUSICIANS AND SERENADE HIS FIANCE THE NIGHT
BEFORE THE WEDDING. THIS TAKES PLACE AT APPROXIMATELY
9:00 P.M. WHEN THE MEN COME TO SERENADE, THEY BRING A
LADDER,WHEN THEY ARE FINISHED SINGING, THE PARENTS OF
THE BRIDE INVITE THE GROOM AND HIS PARTY TO COME IN FOR REFRESHMENTS. THEY MUST THEN CLIMB THE LADDER IN TO THE
GIRLS BEDROOM. THIS IS A CUSTOM OF WELCOMING THE GROOM TO
THE FAMILY. IN METROPOLITAN AREAS WHERE THE BRIDE MAY LIVE
IN A HIGH RISE APARTMENT, SOME GROOMS HAVE BORROWED FIRE
TRUCKS WITH LADDERS TO CLIMB INTO THE GIRL'S ROOM.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS CUSTOM WHEN VISITING ITALY.

Where learned: ITALY ; AGNONE ; MOLISE

Keyword(s): SERENADING ; SINGING ; WEDDING CUSTOMS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serenade Charivari
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 00001980S

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DENNIS' GRANDFATHER TOLD THIS TO HIM WHEN HE WAS A SMALL BOY:
WHEN YOU GET MARRIED PEOPLE STOOD OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE AND
BANGED PANS AND MADE NOISE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): CHARIVARI SHIVAREE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serenade Charivari
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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My Sigma Pi Girl

My Sigma Pi girl, you're the one girl for me dear
I meant it, you know that I do.
The touch of your hand is a blessing to me dear
That no other girl friend can give.

I feel that you're mine and I know that I'm yours dear
It's something that can't be denied
I love and adore you, my life lies before you,
My beautiful Sigma Pi girl.

 

Submitter comment:

This song is traditionally sung when introducing Sigma Pi sweetheart, or when one of the brothers announces his pinning or engagement.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; UNION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serenade Charivari

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Song of Troubadors

In the public house to die
Is my resolution;
Let wine to my lips be nigh
At life's dissolution;
That will make the angel's cry
With glad elocution;
Grant this toper, God on high,
Grace and absolution.

 

Submitter comment:

Informant told me this one night we were watching a movie about knights.

 

Where learned: informant's home

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serenade Charivari

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