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revdodd
Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 6:36 PM

OUT OF CURIOSITY, CAN YOU STILL SING YOUR ALMA MATER?

The question came up last weekend. A certain orange-clad college team I follow had just trounced their opponent. As they were showing the stands, the band began playing our...ooops! I mean this school's alma mater. I was able to sing it without missing a beat.

My wife (who follows a certain light blue team) was amazed that I still knew all the words. She couldn't sing her alma mater if the devil from hell was poking at her with a pitchfork. I said it wasn't strange...my dad, now in his 80s, can sing the alma mater from his Okeefenokee high school....and it's the only alma mater I've ever heard that involve alligators.

So I said I'd ask a reasonably educated, unbiased group...y'all. If someone asked you to sing your school (high school or college, wherever your learned) alma mater, could you still do so?



eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 7:08 PM

Yes. But would I?

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 7:21 PM

Yes, indeedy...but I've never been asked to.

lucimoore
Lucimoore  (Level: 183.1 - Posts: 1683)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 7:26 PM

Absolutely!

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 7:33 PM

absolutely - just updated the alumni website yesterday - my alma mater - Bryan Adams (High School, not the singer) just had it's 50th anniversary - my grandmother taught there - her sister (my great aunt) taught there - yeah - I can sing it.

Now my daughter & son's alma mater (or what will be later) - I can, but after they are out of school I won't - tune is to O Tannebaum -- yeah - we get razzed - but our band kicks butt!

sargon
Sargon  (Level: 112.0 - Posts: 1256)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 7:55 PM

The federal goverment felt that using an Indian tribe as a nickname violated the civil rights of members of that tribe. So the board of regents relented and changed the nickname. So it might be illegal for me to sing the fight song from the days when I was an undergrad.

On the other hand my wife probably tells me that so she doesn't have to listen to my pitiful singing voice.

lancaster
Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 8:46 PM

I could, but out of regard for the music sensibilities of others, I just say "Go, Blue Devils".

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 9:13 PM

As I recall, all my alma maters I'd ever seen didn't mater to me. Long since forgotton, or would have been, had they been remembered.

smeans
Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 9:27 PM

Hrm....well, I don't sing much because I can't carry a tune in a bucket but I can say this, "We Are MARSHALL!!" very loudly.

I can remember our high school band chant that the band director came up with to confuse all the other bands when we were all huddled around in a pile chanting it before going out onto the field.

"It's skittly ooten booten
Bo bo skeetin huntin
rotten rah rotten rah
sis boom bah eek
sis boom bah ekk
Hamlin Band
Hamlin Band
rah rah rah"

*shakes her head* don't know where in the world he came up with such a thing but it has stuck with me here some 15+ years later. LOL



eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 9:30 PM

speechless

carreau
Carreau  (Level: 236.7 - Posts: 140)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 9:39 PM

Mine was made world-famous by Rudy Vallee a long time ago. Now there's a neat bit of trivia.

chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.4 - Posts: 1332)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 9:42 PM

yep -- every blessed word of my high school alma mater is still etched in my brain... sang it at my graduation in '76 and again in '99 when my oldest daughter graduated from the same school.

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 10:40 PM

Fight Songs - I could sing 5 and a half: University of Michigan (even though I never went there), HS I teach at now, HS I went to, HS I was supposed to go to before we moved to Arizona, my Junior High, and the first couple lines from my college.

But Alma Maters? I only ever knew one, from HS, and YES I can still sing it.

However, my friend (kittymama) wrote a fake one for a fake high school while in college, with several verses, which I can still sing all of The Payne Lab High School Gila Monsters! And that was 25 years ago!

revdodd
Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 11:17 PM

Good job, Suzer! Thankfully, I went to a college where there are no words to the fight song.

Which, I guess, made learning the alma mater more important.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 11:28 PM

Guadeamus eyafausto guadeamus omine
nos uventum uventatum nos uventum domine

And it's 47 years since I left school!!!!
Don't ask me what it means....
8-1

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 11:30 PM

Oooops!
That was supposed to be a NERD emoticon

kittymama
Kittymama  (Level: 68.2 - Posts: 8)
Sat, 29th Sep '07 1:05 AM

Bless you, Suzer; I love it when my lyrics stick in people's heads.

I had to sing the high school alma mater in choir, and the college fight song in an improv troupe. Otherwise I doubt I'd know them. My favorite bad lyric from the former is "these radiant years of faith and youth are full of hope for peace and truth."

4getful1
4getful1  (Level: 176.0 - Posts: 2924)
Sat, 29th Sep '07 5:04 AM

Definitely.

"... and when our school days are over, we will think of you!"



missgeorge
Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Sat, 29th Sep '07 7:07 AM

All I remember from my alma mater are the keggers and panty raids.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 29th Sep '07 9:03 AM

We didn't have school songs here in BC, but we sang a very rousing version of Deep In The Heart Of Texas on school bus trips with the appropriate stamping of feet. You'd have sworn we were all Texas born & bred.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.8 - Posts: 3777)
Sat, 29th Sep '07 9:24 AM

I don't sing. I carry "Get Out of Kareoke FREE" cards for just such occasions....boolah boobah.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sat, 29th Sep '07 12:43 PM

How about "She'll be coming round the mountain" Randy????
And "Ten green bottles" or "Row, Row, Row your boat" in rounds

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sat, 29th Sep '07 5:40 PM

I don't necessarily remember the words all that well, but the tune was "The Anvil Chorus".

I seem to remember the last lines were:~
"with work that lightens
With each endeavor
With each ende-e-e-eavor!"

(Hunter Girls High School, ain't tellin' which year)


~Bev

mosquito
Mosquito  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 1)
Wed, 3rd Oct '07 1:32 PM

I can sing both the orange and light-blue songs mentioned by the OP (if both schools are located in states adjacent to New York) -- but I was in the Glee Club.


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