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I WANT A BEER

I WANT A BEER JUST LIKE THE BEER
THAT PICKLED DEAR OLD DAD.
IT WAS THE BEER AND THE ONLY BEER
THAT DADDY EVER HAD;
A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED BEER WITH A HEAD OF FOAM.
IT TOOK TEN MEN TO CARRY DADDY HOME.
OH, I WANT A BEER, JUST LIKE THE BEER
THAT PTICKLED MY OLD MAN.

Submitter comment: SUNG TO THE TUNE OF " I WANT A GIRL
JUST LIKE THE GIRL THAT MARRIED
DEAR OLD DAD".

Where learned: PARTY ; SIGMA PI

Keyword(s): FRATERNITY SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cries of street vendor

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FRATERNITY DRINKING SONG

HERE'S TO BROTHER (NAME), BROTHER (NAME), BROTHER (NAME)
HERE'S TO BROTHER (NAME) WHO'S WITH US TONIGHT.
HE EATS IT, HE BEATS IT, HE EVEN MISTREATS IT,
HERE'S TO BROTHER (NAME) WHO'S WITH US TONIGHT.
SO DRINK CHUG-A-LUG, DRINK CHUG-A-LUG, DRINK CHUG-A-LUG,
DRINK CHUG-A-LUG (CONTINUES UNTIL THE BROTHER FINISHES DRINKING)
HERE'S TO BROTHER (NAME) WHO'S WITH US TONIGHT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): FRATERNITY SONG ; OBSCENE DRINKING SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
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" THE GOBLET SONG "

GET OUT THE OLD SILVER GOBLET
WITH THE SIGMA PI UPON IT
AND WE'LL OPEN UP ANOTHER KEG OF BEER
FOR IT'S A DAMN FINE COLLEGE
BUT WE DIDN'T COME FOR KNOWLEDGE
SO WE'LL RAISE HELL WHILE WE'RE HERE.

BRING OUT THE OLD SILVER GOBLET
WITH THE SIGMA PI UPON IT
AND WE'LL OPEN UP ANOTHER KEG OF BEER
THERE'S ENOUGH FOR ALL THE BROTHERS
SO TO HELL WITH ALL THE OTHERS
AND WE'LL RAISE HELL WHILE WE'RE HERE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLLEGE FRATERNITY DRINKING SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

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" COME GATHER ROUND THE FIRESIDE "

COME GATHER ROUND THE FIRESIDE BRIGHT
IN BONDS OF BROTHERHOOD TONIGHT
AND RAISE YOUR VOICES LUSTILY
TO SING OF OUR FRATERNITY.

THE CIRCLE CHANGES WITH THE YEARS
THE BROTHERS COME AND DISAPPEAR
BUT STILL THE FIRE IS BURNING BRIGHT
UPON THE CHAPTER HEARTH TONIGHT.

CHORUS:
LONG MAY SHE LIVE. AND MAY THERE BE
TRUE FELLOWSHIP ETERNALLY.
ONCE MORE WE PLEDGE OUR LOYALTY
TO SIGMA PI FRATERNITY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): FRATERNITY SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

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SUNSHINES

YOU ARE OUR SUNSHINES,
OUR ONLY SUNSHINES
TRI SIGMA MEMBERS WE LOVE YOU
WE DO RESPECT YOU
ANYTHING YOU SAY WE'LL DO.
WE ARE YOUR PLEDGES
YOUR LOWLY PLEDGES.
RIGHT NOW WE'RE SILLY, GOOFY TOO.
BUT AFTER PLEDGING, NO LONGER FLEDGLINGS
WE'LL BE MEMBERS JUST LIKE YOU.

YOU GIVE DEMREITS
OH YES, DEMERITS
WHEN WE ARE BAD OR MISBEHAVE.
BUT SIGMA MEMBERS, WE DO NOT MIND IT.
YOU'RE OUR MASTERS, WE ARE SLAVES.

STILL YOU'RE OUR SUNSHINES
OUR ONLY SUNSHINES
TRI SIGMA MEMBERS WE LOVE YOU
WE DO RESPECT YOU,
WE WON'T NEGLECT YOU
ANYTHING YOU SAY WE'LL DO.

Submitter comment: SONG OF SIGMA SIGMA
SIGMA BETA TAU CHAPTER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FRATERNITY SONG ; SORORITY SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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SIGMA-RATION

SIGMA, SIGMA, SIGMA,-RATION
(DA-DA-DA-DA)
WE'RE THE BEST IN ALL THE NATION,
(DA-DA-DA-DA)
WE HAVE EARNED A REPUTATION
(DA-DA-DA-DA)
WE CREATE AN ADMIRATION
(DA-DA-DA-DA)

WE ARE
(DA-DA-DA-DA)
TRI SIGMA
(DA-DA-DA-DA)
WE ARE SIGMA SIGMA SIGMA
GO, GO, GO, GO,...
REPEAT: SIGMA, SIGMA, SIGMA-RATION...

Submitter comment: SONG OF SIGMA TRI:
BETA TAU CHAPTER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FEMININE RHYME ; SORORITY OR FRATERNITY SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD

WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS PLEDGE SONG,
ALL THE LIVE LONG DAY,
WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS PLEDGE SONG,
AND WE HOPE IT IS O.K.

CAN'T YOU SEE OUR KNEE'S A-KNOCKING
WE'RE NOT COMPOSED AS WE SEEM,
CAN'T YOU HEAR OUR HEARTS A-SHOUTING
TRI SIGMA SUPREME}

Submitter comment: SONG OF SIGMA TRI BETA TAU CHAPTER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SORORITY OR FRATERNITY SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Work
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

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ADAM SONG

CHORUS
THE S STANDS FOR SIGMA, THE P FOR P-I, PI.
THE S STANDS FOR SIGMA, THE P FOR P-I, PI.
AND IF YOU LOOK AROUND YOU, OR GAZE INTO THE SKY.
YOU WILL SEE THAT NAUGHT IS WRITTEN, BUT THE NAME OF SIGMA PI.

ADAM WAS THE FIRST MAN TO WEAR A SIG PI PIN,
NOAH WAS THE SECOND, THEY HAD TO LET HIM IN,
MOSES WAS THE THIRD ONE, WE HAD A LOT OF FUN,
WHEN JULIUS CAESAR CAME ALONG, THEY PLEDGED THE SON OF A GUN.
CHORUS
HE RAMBLED DOWN TO U. OF D., HE THOUGHT HE'D JOIN A FRAT,
HE THOUGHT HE'D TAKE A LOOK AROUND TO SEE WHERE HE WAS AT.
BECAUSE HE WAS A FELLOW WE KNEW HE'D BE ALL RIGHT,
THE COLORS THAT HE WORE NEXT DAY WERE LAVENDER AND WHITE.
CHORUS
HE RAMBLED DOWN TO U OF D., HE THOUGHT HE'D JOIN A FRAT,
HE THOUGHT HE'D TAKE A LOOK AROUND TO SEE WHERE HE WAS AT.
BECAUSE HE WAS A FELLOW WE KNEW HE': BE ALL RIGHT,
THE COLORS THAT HE WORE NEXT DAY WERE LAVENDER AND WHITE.
CHORUS
HE RAMBLED UP TO HEAVEN TO SEE WHO ALL WAS THERE,
HE FOUND A BUNCH A-HANGING AROUND THE FOOT OF THE GOLDEN STAIRS,
SOME WERE SMOKING CIGARETTES, THEY ALL WERE FEELING HIGH,
THEY ALL WERE DAMN GOOD FRIENDS OF HIS, THEY ALL WERE SIGMA PI'S.
CHORUS
HE RAMBLED DOWN TO HADES TO SEE THE POOR LOST SOULS,
HE FOUND A BUNCH OF THETA XI'S A-ROASTING ON THE COALS,
FOR THE TEKES AMD THEATA TAUS THE SIZZLE HAD BEGUN,
WHILE SIGMA PI'S IN VELVET CHAIRS WERE WATCHING ALL THE FUN.
CHORUS
THEN IN CAME OLD BEELZEBUB, OF HELL HE WAS THE KING;
AND ALL THE LITTLE IMPS CAME IN AND THEY BEGAN TO SING.
THEY SAW THE GANG GIVE HIM A GRIP, AND THEN THEY HEARD THE CRY.
THAT HE'S A CHARTER MENBER AND A DAMN GOOD SIGMA PI.
CHORUS
NOW DON'T BE DISCONCERTED IF YOU MISS THE NARROW PATH.
OR IF YOU FLUNK YOUR MORALS LIKE YOU USED TO FLUNK YOUR MATH,
AND DON'T BE DISCONCERTED WHEN YOU HEAR THE FUNERAL KNELL,
FOR WE HAVE A STRONG ALUMNI IN THE VERY DEPTHS OF HELL.
CHORUS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL FIGURES ; FRATERNITY SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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OH SIGMA PI (TUNE: DANNY BOY)

OH SIGMA PI, THE MEN THE MEN ARE SHOWING
FROM HOUSE TO HALL AND O'RE THE CAMPUS WIDE
BUT SOME ARE GONE AND MANY MORE ARE GOING
TIS SAD, TIS SAD THAT SOME MUST STAND ASIDE.

BUT THEY'LL COME BACK WHEN BROTHERS MEET AGAIN,
OR WHEN THERE'S WAR, WE'LL GATHER TEN TIMES TEN,
WE'LL ALL BE THERE IN SUNSHINE OR IN SHADOW
OH SIGMA PI, OH SIGMA PI I LOVE YOU SO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; UNION

Keyword(s): FRATERNITY SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

Date learned: 03-22-1968

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Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

fraternity Song:

Aye-yi-yi-yi

In China they do it for Chile

So sing me another verse that's worse than the other verse, and waltz me around by my willy.

(Here is sung one's favorite filthy limerick) Then the chorus is repeated.

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Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): China ; Fraternity ; LIMERICK ; Racist ; SONG ; Stereotype ; Willy

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.344
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
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Fraternity Song:

I'm an oyster, I'm an oyster, I'm an oyster through and through,

but I'd rather be an oyster than a God Damned Sigma Nu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): Fraternity ; Oyster ; RHYME ; SONG

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
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A COMMON, THOUGH ENTIRELY ORAL, SUPERSTITION IS THE TYPICAL
VANDERBILT COED, OR T.V.C. SHE IS RICH, CONCEITED, AND
ALWAYS DATED UP A WEEK IN ADVANCE. IF NOT DATED UP, SHE
STILL REFUSES ANY OFFER FOR THE WEEKEND MADE AFTER WEDNESDAY
NIGHT, AND ALWAYS REFUSES NON-FRATERNITY MEN. THOUGH THIS
INFORMATION APPEARS IN NO CAMPUS PUBLICATIONS, IT HAS BEEN
PREVALENT FOR YEARS AMONG VANDERBILT MEN.

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Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Keyword(s): Co-ed ; DATE ; DATING ; Female ; Fraternity ; Frigid ; Girl ; SEXISM ; Sorority ; Stereotype ; Vanderbilt University

James Callow Keyword(s): FEMALE WOMAN GIRL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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