FRATERNITY AND SORORITY CHANTS

FRATERNITY AND SORORITY SONGS & CHANTS

This page features selected, clean* text and video examples of university based Greek lettered fratenity & sorority songs and chants.

These selected examples of fraternity and sorority chants are presented on this page for cultural, historical, sociological, folkloric, and aesthetic reasons.

*By "clean" I mean chants that have no profanity and no sexually explicit references.

Editor: Azizi Powell
Latest revision: February 5, 2014

Click http://cocojams.com/content/fraternity-sorority-step-stroll-related-videos for a related cocojams post on fraternity & sorority stepping and strolls.

ADDITIONAL OVERVIEW OF THIS PAGE
Most of the examples presented on this page are from historically Black Greek lettered Organizations (BGLO). However, this cocojams collection also includes examples of chants from other fraternities and sororites. This collection also includes examples from Greek lettered little sister auxilary groups (a group such as "the Q Pearls" or "the Alpha Angels" that is affiliated - usually informally and illegally - with a specific fraternal organization.)

An overview of Black fraternity and sorority songs & chants and other comments are found below this collection of featured examples. The comments in the overview section below about the history, purposes, and performance activities of fraternity and sorority chants and songs also apply to chants and songs performed by little sister auxilary groups.

Some of the examples on this page are showcased in posts on my cultural blog "pancocojams. To visit that blog & find those post, click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/ and search the tag "fraternity and sorority chants".

Click http://cocojams.com/content/fraternity-sorority-step-stroll-related-videos for information about historically Black Greek lettered organizations' steppin'.

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DESCRIPTION OF CATEGORIES OF BLACK FRATERNITY & SORORITY CHANTS
Historically Black Greek lettered fraternity & sorority chants are composed in two lined rhyming verses. These verses are usually chanted or sung in unison but may also be in call & response style. The lyrics of the chants are usually adapted from other song genres such as Spirituals, R&B, and other popular music. There are at least three types of fraternity & sorority chants & songs. In the first category are chants/songs that praise & profess their love for a specific organization, provide information about that organization's history, and/or extol the public persona of that organization's members.

The second category of fraternity & sorority chants is "pledging" chants/songs, These chants/songs express the desire for membership in & the commitment to a specific organization that persons striving for membership in that organization have.

The third category of fraternity & sorority chants & songs are those in which a particular fraternity compares itself favorably with other fraternities and/or insults (disses) other fraternities or a specific fraternity, or a sorority does the same toward other sororities or a specific sorority. This category also includes chants/song is one in which a fraternity praises a sorority with which it has informal or formal ties and vice versa.

Traditionally, persons who aren't associated with a specific fraternity or sorority are prohibited against doing that organization's stepping routines or performing songs and chants that are associated with that specififc organization. That prohibition is still in place today.

WARNING: Please be aware that a number of historically Black Greek lettered organization songs & chants include profanity, explicit sexual references, and/or homophobic references. This page includes only clean examples of these chants. However, some examples that contain profanity etc may be included on the hyperlinked source pages that are cited below.

RELATED COCOJAMS PAGE
Click http://cocojams.com/content/fraternity-sorority-step-stroll-related-videos for video step or stroll performances by fraternity and sorority groups or other groups.

RELATED PANCOCOJAMS POSTS
Several examples of fraternity and sorority songs and chants are featured on my pancocojams blog. Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/ and enter the featured song or chant in that blog's search engine or click the "fraternity and sorority song and chant" tag or the "step show" tag provided at the end of a post in that category.

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SONG AND CHANT SOURCES
Some examples of fraternity songs and chants on this page have been sent in by visitors to this website, The email address for examples is cocojams17@yahoo.com.

My thanks to those who send in material for possible posting on this site. As founder and editor of this site, I determine which entries will be posted on this site.

Other sources for featured examples from various websites including various YouTube videos, http://www.stophazing.org 's thread on Frat/Soror Chants and http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=103135&messages=78
The last link leads to a discussion thread that I started in 2007 on fraternity and sorority chants.

In addition, selected examples on this page are from the following recommended books on this subject Soul Stepping, African American Step Shows (Elizabeth C. Fine: Urbana and Chicago, University of Illinois Press, 2003) ; Stepping: Regeneration Through Dance In African American Fraternities & Sororities by Jacqui Malone ; and "Step Show At Virginia State University" by Alfonzo Mathis in From My People, 400 Years of African American Folklore (Daryle Cumber Dance, editor: New York, W.W. Norton & Company, 2002. Another book I recommend on the subject of Black Greek Lettered Organizations is Lawrence Ross The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities (published 2001).

Thanks! If the editor or those authors request that I delete these examples, I will do so.

A small number of the examples on this page are from my memory of pledging Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Gamma Zeta chapter 1966). Several examples of chants are from my memory of step shows in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1990s, or from the memory of persons that I interviewed.

VIDEO SOURCES
All videos embedded on Cocojams .com are from http://www.youtube.com/ . Videos are posted on this site for educational, entertainment, aesthetic, historical, and folkloric purposes. All rights to these videos remain with their respectful owners.

I sincerely thank all the video uploaders whose videos I have reposted on Cocojams.com. I also sincerely thank YouTube.com for helping to make these videos available to the general public. If an uploader of a video sends a request to cocojams17@yahoo.com for me to remove his or her video from Cocojams.com, I will do so. Please note that links to YouTube videos or to other online resources may not remain viable. Please also be aware that comments posted on YouTube viewer comments threads may not be suitable for children.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Please help celebrate & preserve fraternity & sorority chants by sending in examples of chants for possible posting on this page. Examples can be sent to cocojams17@yahoo.com. As a reminder, because this is a family centered website, only send in "clean" examples (examples without profanity or only mild profanity, and examples with no homophobia).

When sending in examples, please remember to include the organization's name, and the dates (by decade if not year) that you performed these chants or heard them chanted. It would also be great if you would include information about these chants. Comments about experiences in fraternities or sororities (or in little sister groups) are also welcome. At your request, examples can be posted without your name.

Your email address is never posted or shared.

Or if you are on facebook, visit me at cocojams jambalayah, and befriend me, or send me a private message!

Please be aware that by sharing your examples or comments with me, you are giving me permission to include it in other publications.

Thanks to all who submit song & chant examples & information about their Greek letter organizations!

EDITORIAL COMMENTS
Read my comments below about the history, purposes, structure, performance activities etc of steppin and strolls (party walks). I also posted comments for those who are considering joining a Black Greek lettered organizations.

VISITORS' COMMENTS
For continuity's sake, visitors' comments that I've received about Greek letter step songs/chants and about Greek lettered organizations are posted on this page instead of on this site's Visitors' Mail Box page. Those comments are found immediately after the section on Fraternity & Sorority Songs & Chants. Please send all comments or questions to cocojams17@yahoo.com.

Special thanks to Brian A. Jackson, a Cocojams reader, and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.(Beta Chapter, Howard University, Spring 1990) for sharing a number of Alpha Phi Alpha songs & chants with me and giving me permission to post examples of Alpha Phi Alpha songs & chants on Cocojams.com. (March 2010). Brian A. Jackson is the current Vice President of the Xi Nu Lambda Grad Chapter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has been collecting Alpha Phi Alpha songs and chants over the last 20 years. Examples from this collection are indicated by the notation "Brian A. Jackson Alpha Phi Alpha collection".

OTHER RELATED LINKS
In addition to the previously mentioned Cocojams and Pancocojams links, be sure to visit Cocojams' Military Cadences page http://www.cocojams.com/content/military-cadences-other-cadences to read (and in some cases see videos of) cadences that are remarkably similar in tune and structure to certain Black Greek lettered fraternity chants. For example, the chant "We Are The Men Of Que Psi Phi" is identical in tune and structure (and lyrics for the chorus) as the military chant "Ain't No Use In Lookin Down". The words and a video of that chant are posted to that Cocojams page.

Also, visit Cocojams' Cheerleading Cheers page, Foot Stomping Cheers page, and School Yard Taunting Rhymes page for examples of children's rhymes & cheers that are similar to Black Greek letter fraternity & sorority chants

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EXAMPLES OF FRATERNITY / SORORITY SONGS & CHANTS
These examples are posted in alphabetical order with the examples posted with the earliest date presented first.

Note: Fraternity & sorority chants are supposed to be recited and performed only by members of the specific organization that is affiliated with that particular chant.

NUMBERS:

1-2-3-4-5 (Version #1)
1-2-3-4-5 Zeta Phi Beta till the day I die No skee no wee no dst cause Zeta Phi Beta is the one for me
24-25-26 them other girls you with sophisticated and smart too
we dont skee wee we dont oooh-oop
Z-Phi, Z-Phi, Z-Phi-i-i
-Tall Tale Zeta Phi Beta Incorporated Gamma Nu chapter Fall 1997; 8/14/2007
-snip-
"Skee wee" is the signature call for members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. A call is a unique utterance that is associated with specific Greek lettered organizations. Calls are used by members only to recognize (greet) other members of that specific fraternity or sorority, and to promote ("represent" ; big up") that organization during public events.

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1-2-3-4-5 (Version #2)
1-2-3-4-5
Zeta Phi Beta till the day I die
No skee
no wee
no DST
cause Zeta Phi Beta is the one for me.

Editor: Additional examples are given under "O" for "one"

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A,B
ADAM WAS AN ALPHA
This one I had to yell til my throat turned red when i was on line...it's got a nice call and response groove to it:
Adam was an Alpha
(Adam was an Alpha)

Eve she was an AKA
(Eve she was an AKA)

Noah was a Sphinxman
(Noah was a Sphinxman)

They all pledged Alpha that day
(They all pledged Alpha that day)

A Phi A, got to be the only way x2
-2COLD. http://www.stophazing.org/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243 .
09-29-2005

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AIN'T NOBODY
Ain't nobody love me betta
Than Omega Psi Phi I N C
-from a Q Pearl's memory (1991)

Editor:
"Q Pearl" is a (unofficial) little sister group (auxillary) of the fraternity Omega Psi Phi, Inc. This contributor said that the verse could have been "Can't nobody love me better". She recalls that this verse was repeated over and over again. This song was not only sung by the Qs but also by the little sisters. Btw, my informant indicated that at her small college, the few Qs on campus treated their little sisters with the utmost respect, and never allowed any other visiting Qs to disrespect them or demand any "favors" from them.

Chaka Khan's R&B song "Ain't Nobody" [1984] is the source song for this fraternity song which was also sung by the liittle sister pledges.

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AKA WHAT YA DO TO ME
AKA what ya do to me
You make me feel so good
AKA what you do to me
Just like I knew you would.

We cross the burning sands
To find something new
We cross the burning sands
To find real womanhood.
-Azizi Powell, AKA pledge song, Gamma Zeta chapter, New Jersey, 1967
-snip-
This is one of two pledge songs that I remember from my AKA "ivy" line. The other song "Jem Boobs" is found below.

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ALL OF MY LOVE (PEACE AND HAPPINESS)
This song is claimed by multiple Black Greek lettered fraternities & sororities. Comments about which fraternity or sorority was the first to sing this song are posted below.

Actually, the source of this fraternity/sorority song is the Chambers Brothers' 1970 rock/soul classic song "Love, Peace and Happiness": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgeu_R4wKXg

Here's a link to the lyrics of "Love, Peace, Happiness" by the Chambers Brothers: http://www.elyrics.net/read/c/chambers-brothers-lyrics/love-peace-and-ha...

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/04/fraternity-sorority-song-all-of-... "The Fraternity & Sorority Song "All Of My Love" - Source, Comments, & Examples" for a post about this topic.

Here are a few text examples, quotes, or versions of the fraternity/sorority song that is based on that pop song.

ALL OF MY LOVE (Version #1)
All of my love Peace and Happiness I will give to Kappa!
-BigBrotherPrincipal Player 1/29/2005

-snip-

I haven't been able to find a video of Kappas singing "All Of My Love". If you have a link to one, please send it to cocojams17@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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ALL OF MY LOVE (Version #2) [Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.]
All of my love,
My Peace and Happiness
I will give to Alpha.
(Repeat)
-Brian A. Jackson Alpha Phi Alpha collection, permission granted to post on Cocojams.com, 3/20/2010

-snip-
I haven't been able to find a video of Akphas singing "All Of My Love". If you have a link to one, please send it to cocojams17@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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ALL OF MY LOVE (Version #3)
Well it started 'bout 12 o'clock midnight
And since that day it's been the mysteries of Omega
That no man would ever talk about.
And when I die and leave this old world
I know there's a place for me.
It's in that land shinin bright up above
and no man but Omega, no man but Omega
I say no man but Omega can see.
That's why I'm singing to you
All of my love,
[My love]
My Peace and Happiness
[Arf!]*
I want to give it to Omega.

All of my love,
[My love, My love]
My Peace and Happiness
I want to give it to Omega
Uploaded by davidbarney4 on Feb 28, 2011 , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnT6FRE4Tus

* "Arf" is the sound of a dog barking, that sound being associated with members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

Here's that video:

All of my love..My peace and happiness, I'm gonna give it to OMEGA

Uploaded by davidbarney4 on Feb 28, 2011

[song begins at .047]
-snip-

Here's another video of Omega Psi Phi singing "All Of My Love"

All My Love

Posted by nashad42 — January 22, 2010 — "My neos at the Omega PSI Phi - PSI Chapter Spring 2009 Probate" Morehouse College

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ALL MY LOVE MY PEACE AND HAPPINESS (Version #4)
All of my love, my peace and happiness
I'm gonna give it to Delta.
[repeat]*
(This is used as background to a monologue]

WAYNEGREEN25 | May 20, 2010 ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-LtqmFdCFM&feature=related

-snip-

Here's that video:

ALL OF MY LOVE Delta Sigma Theta

WAYNEGREEN25 | May 20, 2010
Meharry Medical College Delta Sigma Theta Step Show 2010

-snip-

Here's a link to a video of DST singing "All of My Love" at a probate ceremony*:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRf-QTmHXp8

"Uploaded by leanback04 on Mar 30, 2008
Theladies of Delta Sigma Theta singing "All of My Love" at the spring 2008 probate for the Gamma Tau Chapter. This on the historic campus of Tuskegee University."

* "Probate" is the "coming out" ceremony for those who were pledging a particular sorority or fraternity. "Probates" (neos) are new members of that sorority or fraternity.

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ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA
Step Step
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Step Step
Ivys on the way.*
Step Step
Alpha Kappa Alpha
We're the soul stepping ivys of AKA

Oh-o Step Step
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Step Step
Ivys on the way.*
Step Step
Alpha Kappa Alpha
We're the soul stepping ivys of AKA

Oh-o we don't want no Delta Sigma Thetas.
No!
We don't want no Zeta Phi Betas.
We don't want no Sigma Gamma Rhos
Alpha Kappa Alpha is the one for us.
-Wake Forest Univ. AKA probate Spring 2011 ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0W3vZSZoE0&feature=related ; Uploaded by robbiebynum on May 20, 2011

Walking in

Editor" "Ivys" is the term used in Alpha Kappa Alpha,Inc. for women who are in process of joining that sorority. The ivy plant is a symbol of AKA.

Here's that video:

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ALPHA TRAIN
(Traveling)

Alpha train is slowly coming
To keep on pushing,
If you hurry you might get on it;
Got to keep on pushing,
Got my ticket right in my hand;
Got to keep on pushing.
Soon we;ll be in Alpha land;
Got to keep on pushing,
This train we're waiting for is black and gold.
We're in love with dear old Alpha
No time for looking back...
A Phi A
-Brian A. Jackson Alpha Phi Alpha collection, permission granted to post on Cocojams.com received on 3/20/2010

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ALPHA, WE LOVE YOU
(Tune: Little Liza)

Verse 1
When we were searching for the LIGHT,
We hears a WISE MAN call,
"Now Listen well! I'm going to tell
THE GREATEST FRAT OF ALL!
ALPHA! ALPHA! ALPHA! ALPHA!

(Chorus)
Alpha, we love you!
Alpha, we love you!
Love you in the springtime
and the fall.
Alpha, we love you!
Alpha, we love you!
Love you best of all!
(Repeat chorus)

Verse 2
We listened well and made our pledge.
Then crossed the burning sands,-
and entered dear old A*PHI*A,
The greatest in the land!
ALPHA! ALPHA! ALPHA! ALPHA!

(Chorus)
-Brian A. Jackson Alpha Phi Alpha collection, permission granted to post on Cocojams.com, 3/20/2010

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A PHI 06
Call -A PHI
Response -06
Cal l-Oh yeah
Response -Oh yeah
- from multiple sources including this YouTube video:

Alpha Phi Alpha Koren Pre-School Version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5Lx6FuP5x4&feature=response_watch
2024702611
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A Phi is an abbreviation for this fraternity's Greek letter name. "06" is a shortened form of "1906" which is the the year that Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was founded

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BELIEVE ME WHEN I TELL YOU
Heard some AKAs and some Alphas singin this one:

Believe me when i tell you...
Believe me when i say...
Martin Luther was an Alphaman
and Coretta is an AKA

Whose side you on X4

Believe me when i tell you...
Believe me when i say
Rosa Parks wouldn't give up her seat
she had the spirit of an AKA

Whose side you on X4
-2COLD,
http://www.stophazing.org/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243 , 09-29-2005

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BLUE AND GOLD
It's that blue, that gold, that blue and that gold
It's that Royal, Royal blue and that Antique Gold

Hey pink, Hey green, Ms.skee-wee thing
there's no reason why you hate us cause we know that you are paperrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr r

ow, ow, ow
SGwho, thought you knew, ee-yip, ee-yip, ee-yip

Hey crimson, Hey creme, Ms. elephant thing
we feel sorry for your members cause their names you can't rememberrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrr

ow, ow, ow
SGwho, thought you knew, ee-yip,ee-yip,ee-yip

Hey blue, Hey white, Ms. can't get right
you're screaming true blue without that gold you're just confuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuused

ow, ow, ow
SGwho, thought you knew, ee-yip, ee-yip, ee-yip
- RHOyal-Silence http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?s=ccb66641f027f73cbecde... , 02-18-2002

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BROTHERS (Example #1)
I was looking for the name of this but I kouldn't find it. This is the chant a Brother from "O.G." gave us:

Brothers.....
I don't know,
I don't know if I can make it into Kappa Alpha Psi
OHHHHHHHHHHHH, Big Brother said we couldn't make it,
Huhhh, but we got a big surprise
We're gonna cross those burning sands
we're gonna make into Kappa Alpha Psi
OHHHHHHHHHHH"
-K_I_A_Nupe (Tampa, Florida), http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=99226&page=2 Kappa/Scroller Chants, January 8, 2009
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I used the title "Brothers", but I'm not sure what the title of this chant actually is.

Notice the Kappa Alpha Psi custom of using a "k" for words that begin with "c".

Another commenter on that same discussion thread wrote that he also learned this same chant when he was a "scroller", and he didn't know that it was national.

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SCROLLERS (Example #2 of "Brothers")
Yup. We did the same chant as scrollers down here @GL with a few substituted words. (Gamma Lamda) Huston-Tillotson University.

Scrollers
I don't know, I don't know if we can make it over
Scrollers, I don't know if we can make it into Kappa Alpha Psi.
OHHHHHHHH, if we can make it into Kappa Alpha Psi
Big Brother said, we wouldn't make it
but we got a big suprise
we're going to cross those burning sands alive
we're going to make it into Kappa Alpha Psi
Kappachino3Klub (Texas), http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=99226&page=2 Kappa/Scroller Chants, January 8, 2009
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From these examples & comments and the text of these chants, I gather that a "scroller" is a person who is pledging that Fraternity.

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BRRR! IT's COLD IN HERE
See "Ice Ice" below

C,D
CALLING ALL DELTAS
Calling all Deltas to the floor
There's two here and I need some more.
-chant heard at numerous Greek step shows (Pittsburgh, PA area); added by the Cocojams' Editor (Azizi Powell) , 3/16/2009

Editor:
Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc chant this while standing in the middle of the gym floor or stage. It's a call for all other members of that sorority to join the circle. This chant is appears to be a signature Delta chant. But I'm curious to know if other sororities also chant it.

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CALLING ALL SORORS TO THE FLOOR [AKA song]
A K A
Calling all sorors to the floor.
We got some here but we need some more.
[The group repeats the entire song while members come to the floor to form a circle]
- click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEx2K6DfW5k Alpha Kappa Alpha Delta Eta Probate Fall 2007 (Part 1) for an example of this song

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CAN'T NOBODY
Can’t Nobody

Can’t nobody
love us better
than Omega
Psi Phi N.C.
(repeat as many times as you like)
-Anonymous, posted on 11/10/2012

This song was performed by Q Pearls (Edinboro University, Pa 1991 while stepping. It's a takeoff of a Chaka Khan R&B song “Aint Nobody”.

In the line "Psi Phi.NC" m the “i” serves double duty as the spelling for the Greek letter Phi and the first letter for "inc" (incorporated).

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CENTAUR WALK SONG
(First part sung by 1st Brother on line. Number 1′s Song)

I know a place
Where the Centaurs Roam
And I know a place
Where the Centaurs call Home
And In that Place
The Streets are paved
In Brown and Gold
In Brown and Gold
And so I say
Release the Centaur
From Your Soul
From
Your
Soul….
(Sung by all brothers in unison)
I-O-T-A
P-H-I
T-H-E-T-A!!!
I Say
My Frat Brother
He Say
OLE! OLE!
I Say
My Brown and Gold Brothers
What in the H#$@
Do you want?
I Say
We’re Going to do…
What are We Going to Do?
I Say
that Centaur Walk for You
He Say
that Centaur Walk for You
It Goes
the Bow, the Bow
Nah, It Goes
the Shield, the Shield
God D#$* It,
it’s the Bow, the Bow
Nah, it’s
the Shield, the Shield

Break It Down (Centaur Laugh: Bruhahahaha!)

That Bow,
That Bow
That Big Old Bow
That Shield,
That Shield
That Big A*# Shield
That Bow,
That Bow
That Big Old Bow
- http://www.potomaccentaurs.com/http:/www.potomaccentaurs.com/109/the-cen...
Editor:
The video from which these lyrics were transcribed is no longer available on YouTube because the uploader's account was closed. Here's the summary of this video that was provided on that website:
"Brothers from the Eastern Region demonstrate the famous Centaur Walk.

Video was made possible by the Zulu Zeta Chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated Hosted the 5th Annual Stroll Competition in Moore Gym.

Zulu Zeta Chapter is located in North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (Greensboro, NC)

The Centaur Walk was created in 1966 by IOTA brother Robert Young in celebration of the Centaur, a binding symbol which unites all members of the fraternity.
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Click these two links for two pages on my Pancocojams cultural blog that provide information about & videos of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc's Centaur Walk:

http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/01/iota-phi-theta-fraternity-inc-ce...

http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/01/iota-phi-theta-fraternity-inc-ce...

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CLEAR THE STREETS
[Editor: This was posted in response to this post "about another chant "That's was what we said anytime we were moving as a line locked up ".]

When we were locked up we used to chant

clear the streets
move aside
here comes the scrollers of K A Psi
second to none,
number one,
Kappa Alpha Psi"

(then the tail dog would make a sound like a train...whoo chooo hoooo) then the chant would start from the beginning again.
-PrettyBoy; http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=99226&page=4 Kappa/Stroller Chants; 4/11/2009

Editor: "Dog" here is a general referent for a male.
"Get out of the way" chants are also part of Mardi Gras Indian traditions and can also be found in the repertoire of children's playground chants.

A video example of a "lock up" formation is found on this page under "Zoom Zoom Zoom".

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COMIN THROUGH WITH THE NU
Nu Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc. East Coast Asian-Interest Fraternity www.naphi.com
1 - Lead: brothers brothers, comin' through with the NU!
Brothers: Alpha!
Lead: Nu!
Brothers: Alpha!
All: NU ALPHA PHI
- Emil R;, 2/14/2007

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CONCEITED
Just the other day, I was called conceited.
Had to turn my head, cause I just couldn`t believe it.
Conceited, Conceited, I`ve always been this way.
That's just the confidence and style of an AKA.
-Ashley P.; 5/11/2007

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DEEP IN MY HEART
Deep In My Heart
I've got Sigma to the left of me
Gamma to the right of me
Rho to the back of me

S-I-G-M-A
G-A-M-M-A
R-H-O

I don't know what you've been told
But the best of the colors are blue and gold

Deep in my heart
I love SG...Rho
Deep in my heart
I love SG...Rho
Deep in my heart
I love SG...Rho
Deep in my heart
I love SG...Rho
I love, love, love, love SGRho.

[repeat entire song]
-reposted on 6/17/2009 from http://www.folklore.ms/mp3/2000s/2001ca_black_greek_soundz_songs_and_chants_(CDs)/2001ca_sigma_gamma_rho_sorority/23_deep_in_my_heart.htm

Editor:
This is a transcription from a Black Greek Soundz CD as found in the Jack Horntip Collection" [link no longer viable]

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DELTA ALL THE WAY
If I was too cool wouldn't it be nice.
To see a true stepper step for crimson and white.
Delta all the way. Delta's what they say.
Is what some little girls want to be someday.
-Dezera K.; 2/5/2007

Editor: This is a chant for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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DELTA SIGMA THETA
Delta Sigma Theta
Take a Second Look
It took an eternal Ivy
to write your history book

You talk about our colors
I guess you didn't think...
When you mix red & white
What you get is pink...

Editor: This is an AKA chant that disses Delta Sigma Theta. The AKA colors are pink & green. The Delta Sigma Theta colors are crimson & creme (which are often given as red & white). The "ivy" is the representative AKA plant. This chant reflects the long standing "beef" between AKAs & Deltas. Delta Sigma Theta was formed by 22 members of AKA who left that sorority.

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DO YOU WANNA BE
(Alpha Angel Chant)
Dooooo you wanna be....'
Doooo you wanna be..
NO! I dont wanna be no sweeeet-heart
Doooo you wanna be ...
NO! I dont wanna be no Sigma Dove
Doooo you wanna be..... NO!
I dont wanna be no Que E
Cuz i gave my heart to the frat A Phi
And there aint no turning back
Oh No! Though I may have cried
But i hoped and prayed
They'll let me into A Phi A
-Kyra H., 12/10/2006

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DON'T STEP TO THIS
Loved by Omega
Chased by K A Psi
Wanted by the Alphas
And the Sigmas even tried
You know they all tried hard
Buy the Deltas run the yard,
We're not conceited. No,
We're just convinced. Yes!
If you don't like it,
Don't step to this!!
-http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/drinkingsongs/mp3s/1990s/1999ca-black-greek-soundz-(CD)/delta-sigma-theta-sorority-chants-and-songs/14-don-t-step-to-this.htm
re-posted on 3/21/2010 with permission from that website's editor

Editor: This is posted with a partial sound file that continually repeats unless you turn off that feature by clicking the second symbol in that sound file

This chant names four of the Black fraternities that are members of the Pan Hellenic Council-Omegas (Omega Psi Phi, also known as the Qs), K A Psi (Kappa Alpha Psi, also known as the Kappas), Alphas (Alpha Phi Alpha), and Sigmas (Phi Beta Sigma). The organization that has the most status at a university is said to "run the yard". Presumbably, there would also be a fraternity that "ran the yard". "We're not conceited" is a back handed reference to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. These two Black Greek lettered sororities are often contentious with each other because of their history.

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DOUBLE ONE DOUBLE TWO
Double One, Double Two
Krimson and Kream meets Gold and Blue
EE-YIP, YO-YO,
Those Nupes and S-G-Rhos

Pretty and Perfekt, and Best Designed,
This Indi-Luv will blow ya mind,
Stop the hatin' and stop the stressin'
Bow Dooown to that Kane Konnection.
- marquise1911, http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?s=ccb66641f027f73cbecde... , 02-21-2006
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Editor: "Indi-Luv" refers to the fact that both Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc were founded at Indiana University.

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DOWN HERE PLEDGIN
(Gamma Iota Chapter Traditional Song)

Down here pledgin' like a lonely man,
Trying to make to make it
the best that we can.
Some say Alphas' got a hold on me.
But we don't need no sympathy.

(Chorus)

Oh Al-pha Phi Al-pha,
All I need is your Black and Gold,
A little wine and a littl lovin;
To get me ready for that Alpha Pledge.

Ice cold water running through our veins.
Some try to make us look the other way
But that Alphas' got a hold on me.
And we don't need no sympathy.

(Repeat Chorus)
-Brian A. Jackson Alpha Phi Alpha collection, permission granted to post on Cocojams.com, 3/20/2010

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DOWN IN THE VALLEY
Down in the valley
Whoa Whoa
There is a place we long to go.
The name of it rings in our ears
Omega Omega Omega
land of the purple and the gold
land of the purple and the gold
-posted by the editor, from her memory of various step shows {East Coast, USA}

Editor:
This song was sung in moderate tempo, not chanted. "Omega" is a referent for Omega Psi Phi, Incorporated. That fraternity's colors are "purple and gold".

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DST BE SISTAS FIRST CHOICE
DST be sistas first choice. And AKA second. Do u hear that noise… it’s the AKAs stepping Cuz u see they can’t really step to this
sorority… DSTs. AKA’s wanna-be dream.
-Tiffany; 5/3/2007

Editor:
"Sistas" here means "Black women", However, as is the case with other Black Greek lettered sororities, women who aren't Black can also join Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

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D TO THE BIG ST
D to the Big ST.
Bump that weak Skee Wee.
That BS Z Phi B.
Do this my SORORS.
DO THIS (Holding the DST sign)
-Anonymous; 12/3/2008

Editor:
This is a chant that promotes one sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. (DST), and puts down its rival sororities. "Skee wee" is the call made by members of Alpha Kappa Alpha {AKA}, and "Z Phi B" is an abbreviation of Zeta Phi Beta. Of course, "BS" is an abbreviation of ...well, you know what those letters stand for.

E,F
EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART IZ CRYING Z-PHI-B (Example #1)
it's a call and response*

every beat of my heart is crying Z phi B
everybody knows we're the best sorority
no aka no dst
only z phi b for me
look over there and tell me who's supreme
it's the blue and the white and not the pink and the green
look over there and tell me who's ahead
its the blue and the white and not the white and the red
look over and tell me who's got soul
its the blue and white and not the blue and the gold
zeta zeta's got soul and power
we're gonna build ourselves a blue and white tower
finer womanhood is our cry
sisterly love sets the zetas on fire
rise rise rise sweet zeta 2x
look out, look out,look out, look out,ooooohh 4x
-zanalyst08; http://www.youtube.com/comment_servlet?all_comments=1&v=HWvrsSywB98 ; 2008 [This YouTube account has been deleted] ; (2008)

* A soloist sings the line, and the group repeats the exact same line.

Editor:
As a further tribute to this sorority's name, notice the substitution of the "z" for the "s" in the word "is".

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EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART IS CRYING Z-PHI-B [Example #2)
Leader- Every beat of my heart is crying Z phi B [The group steps/strolls in a circle with leader in the middle of the circle]
Group- Every beat of my heart is crying Z phi B
Leader- Everybody knows we're the best sorority
Group- Everybody knows we're the best sorority
Leader -Come on sisters, get on this line.
Group - Come on sisters get on this line.
Leader - Everybody knows Zeta women are fine.
Group - Everybody knows Zeta women are fine.
Leader - We got might and we got power.
Group - We got might and we got power.
Leader - We're gonna build ourselves a blue and white tower
Group - We're gonna build ourselves a blue and white tower
Leader- Finer womanhood is our cry*
Group- Finer womanhood is our cry*
Leader - Sisterly love sets the zetas on fire *
Group -Look over there and tell me who’s supreme
Leader -Look over there and tell me who’s supreme
Leader -It's the blue and the white and not the pink and the green
Group- It's the blue and the white and not the pink and the green
Leader - Look over there and tell me who's ahead
Group - Look over there and tell me who's ahead
Leader – It’s the blue and the white and not the white and the red
Group - It’s the blue and the white and not the white and the red
Leader- Look over there and tell me who's got soul
Group - Look over there and tell me who's got soul
Leader - Well it’s the blue and white and not the blue and the gold
Group - Well it’s the blue and white and not the blue and the gold
Leader - P B S and Z Phi B
Group - P B S and Z Phi B
Leader - Has to be the only true family
Group - Has to be the only true family
Leader - Every beat of my heart is crying Z phi B
Group - Every beat of my heart is crying Z phi B
Leader - Only Z Phi B for me
Group - I said only Z Phi B for me.
Leader - I said only Z Phi B for me
Group - I said only Z Phi B for me.
Leader - I said only Z Phi B for me
Group - I said only Z Phi B for me
Leader- No AKA and no DST
Group - No Aka no DST
Leader - Only Z Phi B for me
Group - I said only Z Phi B for me.
Leader – Only Z Phi B for me
Group - I said only Z Phi B for me.
Group - Rise rise rise oh Zeta
Group - Rise rise rise oh Zeta
Sorors of the blue and white [group forms circle, holds hands of persons on either side, and raises arms]
[Chant ends with sorority call]
-jmarce1971 , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xtpl7G92pmE&feature=related ; December 1, 2010

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Transcription from video by Azizi Powell, 8/10/2012

* I’m not certain about this transcription. I added those two lines based on similar sounding ines from example # 1.

Here's that video:
Every beat of my heart - Pi Mu Chapter Zeta Phi Beta

Uploaded by jmarce1971 on Dec 1, 2010

Ladies of Zeta Phi Beta singing

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/08/every-beat-of-my-heart-is-crying... for a pancocojams post of this chant/song. That post includes an explanation of the references in the lyrics.

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THE BEAT OF MY HEART [Example #3]
The beat of my heart is crying ZPhiB
The beat of my heart is crying ZPhiB
Because everybody know we are the best sorority
Because everybody know we are the best sorority

I looked to my left and who stands supreme
The blue and the white; not the pink & the green.

I said my sorors? Yeah?
Did you heart it? Hear what?
The sound of those AKAs
I said they're hurting my head with their
A-a-kin sound
I said "Skee-Wee"
As they sake all around

With their hands in the air
Thinking they're all that
But they don't understand
Pink and Green don't even match.

The beat of my heart is crying ZPhiB
The beat of my heart is crying ZPhiB
Because everybody know we are the best sorority
Because everybody know we are the best sorority

I look up a head and who's standing bold
The blue and the white and not the blue and the gold

I said my sorors? Yeah?
Did you heart it? Hear what?
The sound of those SGRho's
Shhhh! [sound of crickets]

No matter what we do
No matter where we go
We never hear a sound
From those SGRho

The beat of my heart is crying ZPhiB
The beat of my heart is crying ZPhiB
Because everybody know we are the best sorority
Because everybody know we are the best sorority

I look to my right tell me who did I see?
The blue and the white not the crimson and cream

I said my sorors. Yeah?
My sexy sorors. Yeah?

The sound of the DSTs
I said "Whoooooops"
They pledged the wrong sorority

With that mistaken sound
With that darned geometry
And to make matters worse
They used to be AKA
DST is with them
And they're there today

The beat of my heart is crying ZPhiB
The beat of my heart is crying ZPhiB
Because everybody know we are the best sorority
Because everybody know we are the best sorority

I said my sorors. Yeah?
My sexy sorors. Yeah?

We sound sooo good today.
But then a Zeta lady sounds good everyday.
- http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/drinkingsongs/mp3s/1990s/1999ca-black-greek-soundz-(CD)/zeta-phi-beta-chants-and-songs/21-the-beat-of-my-heart.htm ; re-posted on 3/19/2010 with permission from that website's editor

Editor: This is posted with a partial sound file that continually repeats unless you turn off that feature by clicking the second symbol in that sound file.

Most fraternity & sorority chants are unison chants. I was therefore quite interested to find a sorority chant that has a call & response section. The lines of "The Beat Of My Heart" chant where a person says " I said my sorors" and the rest of the group responds "Yeah?" reminds me of a large number of foot stomping cheers. In those cheers the group speaks to an individual by name and that individual says "Yeah" or says "What". For comparison, visit http://www.cocojams.com/content/foot-stomping-cheers-0 and read "Get Down", or "Introduce Yourself" or any number of other examples of foot stomping cheers that are posted on that page.

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EXCUSE ME ELEPHANTS
Excuse me Elephants what did you say?
These girls of 20 pearls pledged A-K-A
So next time paper chasers get permission to speak
Line up and greet me when you see me
or Just bow at my feet
-Anonymous; 10/30/2006

Editor:
"Paper chaser" is a putdown of those people who join a sorority without pledging or pledging hard. It documents attitudes about the changes in how women join Black Greek lettered sorority members (sorors) since the ban on pledging (being on line) was put in place in 1990. See my comment to "I Don't Mind Bein On Line" on this page for my information about the changes in joining Black Greek Lettered organizations.

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FLIP FLOP (Gamma Phi Betas' Sorority Rush Song)
We are the Gam Phi Betas
We'd like to tell you
We're so glad you're here
We're sisters ever true
Sisters for me and for you
We're glad we've had this chance
To welcome you
Gamma Phi Beta
Gamma Phi Beta
Gamma Phi Beta
Girls. Whoo!
-nyrdrms (Virginia; 8/28/2002) http://74.125.113.132/search?q=cache:418nXKjkvrEJ:www.greekchat.com/gcfo...

Visit http://www.cocojams.com/content/fraternity-sorority-step-stroll-related-... (towards the bottom of the page) to find a video of this song along with instructions about how to do the "Flip Flop" .

G,H
GIVE ME A BIG GAMMA (Gamma Phi Beta sorority cheer)
Some of our other cheers we use are more like high school cheers, but they're fun:

Give me a big Gamma (shouting)
GAMMA (shouting)
Give me a little Gamma (quietly)
gamma (quietly)

Don't give me no words, no words.
Don't give me no phrase, no phrase.
Just give me that girl,
that Gamma Phi girl.
(this is all shouting and really fast, while clapping)

Give me a big Phi (shouting)
PHI (shouting)
Give me a little Phi (quietly)
phi (quietly)

Don't give me no words, no words.
Don't give me no phrase, no phrase.
Just give me that girl,
that Gamma Phi girl.
(this is all shouting and really fast, while clapping)

Give me a big Beta (shouting)
BETA (shouting)
Give me a little Beta (quietly)
BETA (quietly)

Don't give me no words, no words.
Don't give me no phrase, no phrase.
Just give me that girl,
that Gamma Phi girl.
(this is all shouting and really fast, while clapping)

That's my favorite cheer, but a lot of our girls think it's too fast.
-gphiangel624 (Athens, Ohio; 04-18-2003, http://74.125.113.132/search?q=cache:418nXKjkvrEJ:www.greekchat.com/gcfo...

Editor:
Note that the contributor mentions that the song/chant was done "while clapping". It seems to me that one significant difference between the handclapping done with chants by predominately White American fraternal organizations and predominately Black American fraternal organizations is that in the former the clapping is done throughout the entire chant, but in the later the handclapping is done to the beat. For this reason, the chants done by predominately Black fraternal organizations are more rhythmic/percussive.

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GIVE ME THAT OLD ALPHA SPIRIT
Give me that Old Alpha Spirit
Give me that Old Alpha Spirit
Give me that oooooooold Alpha Spirit.
It's good enough for me.

It was good for Brother [insert Jewel las t name]*
It was good for Brother [insert Jewel las t name]*
It was gooooood for Brother [insert Jewel last name]*
It's good enough for me.
-Brian A Jackson; Alpha Phi Alpha collection; permission granted to post on Cocojams.com 3/20/2010

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GO DOWN
Go Down, Brother
Way down to Egypt Land

Tell the people
The light has come.

(Back in 06)
Back in 06
Many years ago

7 Black men
Couldn't take no more

They professed to have seen the light
The Light Of The World

They journed to
The motherland

Where they crossed
Those burning sands

Marching onward
They had to see

Just what
The end would bring
(What the end would bring)
-Brian A. Jackson Alpha Phi Alpha collection, permission granted to post on Cocojams.com, 3/20/2010

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GREEK ROLL CALL

Greek Roll Call

Uploaded by M3trisjm92 on Apr 11, 2011

Claflin University
Spr. 11' Yard Show

-snip-

This video documents several Greek chants, including
1. 06 - Alpha Phi Alpha [the year that organization was founded]
2. 08 - Alpha Kappa Alpha [the year that organization was founded]
3. What is a Delta [Delta Sigma Theta]

I'm not sure about the other oganizations. Please add to this list by by sending in a comment to cocojams17@yahoo.com.

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HEY, SOROR OVER THERE (Version #2)
Hey!
Soror over there,
with your nose up in the air!
to cute to be a DST, somebody say Skee Wee!!!

This is my pinkie (hold up pinkie)
And this is my hand (hold out hand)
It's just like an AKA to take your man

You're mad about your boyfriend
And that's no lie
It takes a real ALPHA Woman to keep him satisfied

So get yourself together and put your man on a leash because he'd rather be with beauty (sorors hold up your pinkie)

Than to be with the beast!
(sorors do the Delta's hand sign upside down. Should be an upside down triangle)
-soulforealAKA; http://www.stophazing.org/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243 ; 10-24-2005
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Editor:
"Skee Wee" is the AKA call; Delta's sign is a triangle made with both hands; "soror" means "sorority sister", an AKA holding up her pinky is part of that sorority's hand sign.

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HEY, SOROR OVER THERE (Version #1)
Hey you sorors over there
With your noses up in the air
If you feel it like a soror
Say it like a soror
I LOOK GOOD!
-PrettyPhenomenal; http://www.stophazing.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243;... 10/02/2005

Editor: This was written as part of an ongoing contentious conversation between members of AKA and members of Delta. It's probably a clip from a longer chant.
The post started with the comment "passing the mirror"-meaning passing a pretend mirror to another AKA soror (member). Read my comment about AKAs and the imitating holding a mirror in version #2 of the chant "In 1908". Also,see a reference to "noses up in the air" (as a sign of being conceited") in version #4 of "This Is A Serious Matter".

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HIP HOP THETA ROCK
We just learned this one

Hip Hop Theta Rock
Let me see your left foot drop
Boom (stomp) Shake it out Shake it out (shake your booty!)
Boom (stomp) Shake it out Shake it out

Hold on, Let 'em See
Theta's where you wanna be
Boom (stomp) Shake it out Shake it out (shake your booty!)
Boom (stomp) Shake it out Shake it out

If you can recall
Theta's really got it all
Boom (stomp) Shake it out Shake it out (shake your booty!)
Boom (stomp) Shake it out Shake it out

yay!
-gotaluvlex (Chicago); July 2004; http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=6377 [Retrieved 3/7/2010]

Editor: This chant is from Kappa Alpha Theta, a historically White sorority. I think the words in parenthesis are performance instructions that aren't spoken. But I'm not sure about that.

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HIRO HIRO HIP A RAY
Hiro Hiro-o Hip ah ray
Hiro Hiro-o Hip ah ray.

Sad and lonely girls are we
Working-ing striving for to see
Alpha Kappa Al-alpha light
Working striving day-ay and night
Oh hiro hiro
Oh hip ah ray
Oh hiro hiro
Oh hip ah ray
-Azizi Powell, New Jersey; AKA pledge song (Gamma Zeta Chapter, New Jersey, 1967); posted by Azizi, 12/2005

Editor:
"Hiro Hiro" is a pledge song that I remember from pledging Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc (AKA) Gama Zeta chapter in New Jersey, 1967. "Hiro" is pronounced "High Row". I don't think it means anything. AKA pledges were called 'Ivies" [because the official plant of Alpha Kappa Alpha,Sorority, Inc. is an ivy. I believe there are other verses to this song, but I can't remember them. We performed a 'step routine' while singing this song in a program with other fraternities and sororities (We wore pink and green dresses of course!)

I,J
I CAN'T SLOW DOWN
Ohh I can’t slow down when Sigma comes to town
I can’t let go… that Sigma Gamma Rho
Ohh how sweet the beat it knocks me off of my (foot tap 2x) feet
I can’t let go that Sigma Gamma Rho
S-I-G-M-A GA-M-M-A R-H-O that Sigma Gamma Rho
- http://ms_quiet.tripod.com/chants.html [retreived on 12/8/2012]

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ICE ICE ICE TOO COLD TOO COLD
I said “Ooh it's cold in here”.
I said “There must be some Alphas in the atmosphere”.
I said “Ooh it's cold in here”.
I said “There must be some Alphas in the atmosphere”
It’s like ice ice ice,
too cold too cold.
Ice ice ice,
the black and gold
Ice ice ice,
too cold too cold.
Ice ice ice.
Ice ice ice,
too cold too cold.
Ice ice ice,
the black and gold.
-transcription from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EajhKrRrlpk Alpha Phi Alpha stepping , video uploaded in 2009

Here's that video of two Alphas chanting a version of "Ice Ice Too Cold Too Cold" and other chants:

Alpha Phi Alpha stepping

Uploaded by sarkazm69 on Mar 19, 2009

Alpha's from Mu Chi, Gamma Xi and orgs. from Dominguez Hills spoke about college, education and the future to H.S. students.

-snip-

Editor:
"Ice Ice Ice Too Cold Too Cold" is a signature Alpha chant (Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc.). The "black and gold" refers to that fraternity's colors. Vanilla Ice recorded "Ice Ice Baby" in 1989 and ithat record became a hit in 1990. However, that definitely chant predates that Vanilla Ice song.

Here's a quote from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Ice_Baby:

Robert Van Winkle, better known by his stage name Vanilla Ice, wrote "Ice Ice Baby" at the age of 16, basing its lyrics upon his experiences in South Florida.[1] The lyrics describe a drive-by shooting and Van Winkle's rhyming skills.[2] The chorus of "Ice Ice Baby" originates from the signature chant of the national African American fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha.[3][4]

3. Keyes, Cheryl L (2004). "Blending and Shaping Styles: Rap and Other Musical Voices". Rap Music and Street Consciousness. University of Illinois Press. p. 107. ISBN 0252072014.
Fine, Elizabeth Calvert (2003). "The Cultural Politics of Step Shows". Soulstepping: African American Step Shows. University of Illinois Press. p. 145. ISBN 0252024753.

-snip-

If anyone remembers this APhiA chant before the 1989 hit song "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice was first released, please contact me at cocojams17@yahoo.com if you have any memory of this chant before the 1990s. I'd love to "hear" from you.

See "We Are The Ice Cold Brothers From APHIA" below for a chant from that same video which includes the "ice ice baby" phrase.
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Editor's Note: I received the following email on October 8, 2012 from Charles K. that indicated that Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.'s "Ice Ice, baby" saying has its origin in the poem "Excelsior" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Here's the content of that email:

Excelsior! (poem)

"ICE, ICE, BABY..." | "Ever Higher", "Onward and Upward"

The shades of night were falling fast,
As through an Alpine village passed
A youth, who bore,
'mid snow and ice,
A banner with the strange device,Excelsior!

Tribute to the Divine Nine

APA (1906)
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I'm glad to have received this information. But I'm hoping that Charles or someone else would share when [what decade] the "snow and ice" phrase became the "ice ice baby/too cold too cold" saying. Thanks in advance!

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I DIDN'T KNOW (Example #1)
I was looking for the name of this but I kouldn't find it. This is the chant a Brother from "O.G." gave us:

Brothers.....I don't know,
I don't know if I can make it into Kappa Alpha Psi....
OHHHHHHHHHHHH....
Big Brother said we couldn't make it, Huhhh....
but we got a big surprise....
We're gonna cross those burning sands,
We're gonna make into Kappa Alpha Psi....
OHHHHHHHHHHH
-K_I_A NUPE (Tampa, FL); http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=99226&page=2 Kappa Stroller Chants; 1/8/2009

* i used that phrase as the title, but I don't know if that is the real title of this chant.

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I DIDN'T KNOW (Example #2)
[In response to another blogger's comment that he didn't know that that was a national chant]

We did the same chant as scrollers down here @GL with a few substituted words. (Gamma Lamda) Huston-Tillotson University.

Scrollers..I don't know,
I don't know if we can make it over...
Scrollers, I don't know if we can make it into Kappa Alpha Psi..
OHHHHHHHH, if we can make it into Kappa Alpha Psi...
Big Brother said, we wouldn't make it but we got a big suprise..
we're going to cross those burning sands alive,
we're going to make it into Kappa Alpha Psi"
-Kappachino3Klub; http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=99226&page=2 Kappa Stroller Chants; 1/8/2009

Editor:
"Stroller songs" are songs that "pledges" sing before they "cross the burning sands" and become actual members of that faternity or sorority.

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I DIDN'T WANT TO BE NO AKA
I didn't want to be no AKA
I didn't want an affiliation with A Phi A
And if you look at me, I aint no DST
I didn't want Omega Psi Phi to be barking at me
Don't need no Kappa boy looking cuter than me
And KKI aint no sorority
Iota Phi Theta came a little too late
And Sigma Gamma Rho, what can we say
I need a Phi Beta Sigma who can handle me
Cos only blue and white is a TRUE FAMILY

Z-Phi! By Spring '06 Unbreakable Line Copyright KE©

Zeta Phi Beta and Phi Beta Sigma are the only official, constitutionally bound, brother/sister organizations in the Pan-hellenic Council. A little information: 1.A member of Phi Beta Sigma helped found Zeta Phi Beta 2.We share the same colors of Royal Blue and Pure White, and symbol - the dove 3.Our letters together form Zeta Phi Beta Sigma 4.When Sigma's "Blue Phi" Zeta's "So Sweet" in reply 5.We call each other Frat and Soror 6.Don't be fooled by other who imitate the first and ONLY family!
-Nikki ZKA ExquiZite #3 - Spring 2003 ; 5/4/2007

Editor:
AKA=Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc ; A Phi A= Alpha Phi Alphi Fraternity, Inc ; Kappa= Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc, and Iota-Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. See my comments below about The National Pan-Hellenic Council.

This chant references the images, customs, and opinions that this sorority (and others) have about the various sororities and fraternities mentioned. Omega Psi Phi's members call themselves "Que Dogs", their signature call is a dog's barl (Woof Woof!); Kappas promote the image of themselves as handsome men; "KKI aint no sorority" ?? (I'm not familiar with this organization); "Iota Phi Theta came a little too late" refers to the fact that this organization was just newly founded; and "Sigma Gamma Rho, what can we say" means that that Zetas don't have anything good to say about the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority or its members.

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I DON'T MIND
I don’t mind
bein on line.
I just want to be
a little sister to the Qs.
[someone in the background or a member of the little sister pledge group yells out] Q!

(repeat as many times as you are directed to)
-a member of Q Pearl, {East Coast, USA}
1990s; posted by Azizi, 12/05

Editor:
I collected this chant/song from an African American woman who attended an East Coast university that had mostly White students. During her attendance at that university, there were two different little sister groups, a few members of two Black Greek letter fraternities and two Black Greek letter sororities. Another African American woman who attended that same university five years after the first woman said that while she was at that school, the same fraternities and sororities were active on campus, but no little sister groups were active there at all.

This song was sung by Q Pearl pledges. "Q Pearl" is one name for the little sister group to the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Inc. (An informal name for members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,Inc. is "Ques", also written "Q"s")

“Bein on line” is a term that was used to describe the pledge process that hopefully will end with you being accepted as a member of the organization. A new member of a sorority, fraternity, or little sister group is called a “neo”, short for “neophyte”.

Note: since 1990 pledging/hazing (being on line) is considered to be illegal for Black Greek Letter Organizations. instead, new members of these organizations are supposed to only go through a membership process which largely consists of learning the history of the organization, and being involved in community projects. However, many members of BGLO indicate that pledging still occurs "underground". There can be very serious consequences to individuals and chapters who pledge underground.

Also, note that the probable source for this chant is the long meter hymn "I Don't Mind".' Click http://www.jambalayah.com/node/1014 to find a video of this song performed by a South Carolina church congregation.

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I HEARD THE WORD
I heard the word
The word was grand
Right now you're standing on IOTA LAND

I saw the light
It blinded me

A THETA MAN is what I've got to be

WHO'S Ever-Lovin' PHI?
I-PHI!!!!

WHO'S EVER-LOVIN' PHI?
I-PHI

Weeeellll, if you love it like a Theta Man
Say it like a Theta Man

I-PHI-T!!!
-Guest Ill IOTA (Upsilon Chapter "THE U" at Southern Illinois University); 5/11/2009;
http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=103135&messages=46
Fraternity & Sorority Chants

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I KNOW I'VE BEEN CHANGED (Example #1)
(Gamma Iota Chapter Traditional Song, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.)

I know I've been changed
I know I've been changed
I know I've been changed
The big brothers done changed my name.

On this Alpha train
On this Alpha train
I've been pledgin and I'll never be the same
Sons of Alpha are we
One in love and charity
Let our thought of sadness fly
For our own, our Alpha Phi.
Courage brothers banded we
All through life 'till eternity.
Let our hearts in* joyous praise
Sing of Alpha through endless days.

Way down in the jungle deep
Burning sands scorching my feet
Pyramids touching the sky
I'm pledgin' Alpha till the day I die
Been on line pledgin' for days
Put aside my selfish ways
Feel it deep down in my soul
My butt is burnin' and I want to be ice cold.
Own my life, and take my pride
Wood me up on my backside
Pledge me anyway you can
For when I cross I'll be an Alpha man.
-Brian A. Jackson Alpha Phi Alpha collection; posted 4/18/2010

Editor:
Because I was aware that "I Know I've Been Changed" is the title & chorus of an African American religious song, I contacted Brian A. Jackson to ask him if the song posted above was actually three different songs that were sung one right after the other. Mr. Jackson wrote the following "I have not heard it nor sung it, but I believe that is the full song. Its a song that is sung while they are Sphinxmen so "On this Alpha train" refers to them being on the way to Alpha

Read it as - Let our Hearts, and joyous praise - (2 collective entities, our hearts and our joyous praise - both of them singing Alpha through endless days)

That is how I read it. It makes sense to me."

end of quote
In a previous email, in response to my question about the sources of these Alpha chants, Brian A. Jackson wrote that "Some of the "older" ones probably did come from other sources. I know many of them came from old Negro spirituals as well. Some came from the military also. We even had one called Beat #122. Where each section of the line had a different beat or chant.

For example: (on my line there were 16 of us)
#1 - #4 - had the cymbal part
#5 - #8 - would scream "This is BETA"
#9 - #12 - would scream "Pledge Alpha All Night Long"
#13 - #16 - would keep the baseline
-snip-
I'm interested in knowing whether any members of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc. sung these words given above as three separate songs.

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I KNOW I'VE BEEN CHANGED (Example #2)

Zeta Phi Beta- Long Island Tribute

-snip-
This sound file includes a series of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. songs including that a version of that sorority's "I Know I've Been Changed" (at .19 - 1.20)

An adapted version of "I Know I've Been Changed" is often sung as part of a sorority's or fraternity's probate (program). In the context of fraternities and sororities a "probate" (noun) is a program in which new members of that organization are first introduced to other members of the organization and to the general public. For instance, here's a comment from that Zeta Phi Beta sound file's viewer comment thread: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3eDZI18EvM

lover7gurl, 2011
"I Know I've Been Changed" is the song we came out on at my probate! I bleed blue and white!!! Z Phi to all of my sophisticated sorors!!!

Spr. 2010
Tre Club
Sigma Mu
Columbus, MS
-snip-
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-staple-singers-i-know-i-been... for a post on my cultural blog that showcase a rendition of "I Know I've Been Changed" by the Staple Singers.

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I'LL SAY IT TWICE
I'll say it twice so you know what I mean,
I'm just too pretty for that pink and green,

cuz I ain't no acka-ack girrl
I ain't no acka-ack girl

Didn't want a line of 63,
so i couldn't settle for the crimson and creme,

cuz I ain't no DST girrl,
I ain't no DST girrl

I choose kittens over dogs,
so i can't get down with those yippin' broads,

cuz i ain't no sgRho girrl,
I ain't no sgRho girrl

ooooooh oooh
Z-phiB
Z-phiB

ooooooh oooh
Z-phiB
Z-phiB
-LejaLaMorena, http://www.stophazing.org/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243 , 09-29-2005

Editor: This is a Zeta Phi Beta sorority chant. "acka acka" refers to Alpha Kappa Alpha, DST refers to Delta Sigma Theta, and sgRho refers to Sigma Gamma Rho sororities.

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I LOOKED OVER JORDAN
I always liked...

I looked over Jordan, and what did I see
I saw Kappa Alpha Psi looking up at me
I said, "Tell me Nupe, what do you say?"
He said "Damn I shoulda pledged that A Phi A"
I looked over Jordan, and what did I see
I saw Omega Psi Phi looking up at me
I said tell me Que, to save your soul,
Why did you steal the PHI and Old Gold
I looked over Jordan, and what did I see
I saw Phi Beta Sigma looking up at me
I said "Tell me Blue, what do you see?"
"I see Alpha Phi Alpha shining brighter than me"
Cause we're the ICE COLD brothers of A Phi A
And pledging our frat is the only way!
-ColdFront06; 9/28/2005; http://www.stophazing.org/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243
Frat/Soror Chants

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I LOVE MY AKA
I love my A
I love my K
I love my AKA
Skee wee, Skee wee

I tell no lie
I tell you why
I didn't pledge Delta
Cuz Im overqualified

I tell no lie
I tell the truth
I didn't pledge Zeta
Cuz I'm to dayum cute
Oww Oww Oww, Skee wee
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Epsilon Sigma chapter http://orgs.tamu-commerce.edu/esig1908/chants.htm (Retrieved 3/7/2010)

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I LOVE MY DST
First soror*: I like my "D"
In front of my "S".
Second soror: My "S" in front of my "T".
Third soror: In front.
First soror: In front.
It's the natural order of things.
It sounds SO good to me.
I love my DST.
Second soror: I like my "D" in front of my "S",
My "S" in front of my "T".
It sounds so good to me.
I love my "D".
Third & fourth soror: I like my "D" in front of my "S",
My "S" in front of my "T".
It looks so good to me.
I like I like I like my "S".
First soror:
I like my "S" in front of my "T"
No matter what you think,
It looks so good on me.
I like, I like, I like, I like my "T".

[clap routine]

Group: I like, I like, I like, I like.
I love, I love, I love, I love.
Gotta have, gotta have
my "D" in front of my "S",
My "S" in front of my "T".
It sounds so good to me.
I love my D.S.T.

*"First soror", "second soror" refers to the order of speakers.
Additions and corrections are welcome for the historical record.
-transcribed from YouTube video of The Tau Eta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc @ Brenau University's Winter Weekend Greek Sing. Here's that video:

I love my DST!!!

-BaDST07, Uploaded on Feb 8, 2008

The Tau Eta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. represented their chapter very well during Brenau University's Winter Weekend Greek Sing. Sit back and relax while we tell you why we love DST!!!

Click this post on my cultural blog http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/01/delta-sigma-theta-sorority-i-lov... for two other videos & text versions of "I Love My DST".

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I LOVE MY S IN FRONT OF MY G, Example #1
I love my S in front of my G
I love my G in front of my Rho
I love my S-G-Rho
I love it, I love it, I love it
- http://ms_quiet.tripod.com/chants.html [retrieved 12/8/2012]
-snip-
This is a Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, inc. chant.

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I LOVE MY S IN FRONT OF MY G, Example #2
I Love my S in front of my G
My G in front of my RHO
I love it, I love it, I love it
I love my SGRHO
- EspeRHO, http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=6876 , 02-22-2001,

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I LOVE MY S IN FRONT OF MY G, Example #3
I love my S in front of my G!
I love my G in front of my Rho!
I love my S-G-Rho!
Alright, Alright!
(Repeat)
-Paragon1922 http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=6876 , 03-09-2001

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I LOVE MY S IN FRONT OF MY I
i love my S in fronta my I
that G-M-A until i die
that GAMMA (pause)
RRRRR-H-O
- prettypoodle6, http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=6876 , 02-25-2001

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I'M GOING AKA
When I was just a little girl
My mama said to me
Listen to me daughter
A Zeta you will be

I said oh no mama
That ain't the way
Because Alpha Kappa Alpha is the only way
AKA, I'm going AKA
AKA, I'm going AKA

When I ws just a little girl
My mama said to me
Listen to me daughter
A Delta you will be

I said oh no mama
That ain't the way
Because Alpha Kappa Alpha is the only way
AKA, I'm going AKA
AKA, I'm going AKA

When I ws just a little girl
My mama said to me
Listen to me daughter
A Sigma you will be

I said oh no mama
That ain't the way
Because Alpha Kappa Alpha is the only way
AKA, I'm going AKA
AKA, I'm going AKA

When I ws just a little girl
My mama said to me
Listen to me daughter
An Alpha you will be

I said right on mama that's the way
AKA, I'm going AKA
AKA, I'm going AKA
- http://orgs.tamu-commerce.edu/esig1908/chants.html Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Chants, Poems, and Songs [Retrieved 4/18/2010)

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IMPRESS ME
Are you really worthy
of the land of the purple and the gold?
Will you succeed?
Will you cross the burning sands?
Are you worthy?
It’s a long hard road to Omega.
Impress me.
- Anonymous, a note in a Q Pearl song book, Edinboro University, 1991, posted by Azizi Powell
-snip-
This example, written as a note in a Q Pearl song book, suggest that pledges to Omega Psi Phi's little sister group, the Q Pearls (also known as Q Essense or other names elsewhere) learned at least some of the same songs & chants as pledges to Omega Psi Phi.

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I'M PRETTY
I'm pretty one time
I'm pretty twice
Those AKAs ain't nothin' nice

I'm pretty three times
I'm pretty four
I'll have your man beating down my door

I'm pretty five times
I'm pretty six
No other sorority can imitate this

I'm pretty seven times
I'm pretty eight
Even in my sleep I look great

I'm pretty nine times
I'm pretty ten.
You love me once, you'll love me again
- http://orgs.tamu-commerce.edu/esig1908/chants.html Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Chants, Poems, and Songs [Retrieved 4/18/2919)

Editor;
Visit that site to read a number of examples of originally composed and "standard" Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc songs, poems, and chants.

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IN 1908 (Version #1)
In 1908 you thought you were the best
But my 22 founders wouldn’t settle for less.
In 1913 they envisioned something greater
YOUR president walked out
And founded DELTA SIGMA THETA!!!
-REDalert05 ; http://www.stophazing.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243;... posted 09-30-2005

Editor: This is a Delta Sigma Theta chant. This chant refers to the fact that twenty-two members of AKA left that sorority to start Delta Sigma Theta. This is the bases for much of the contention that occurs between these two Black Greek lettered sororities.

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IN 1908 (Version #2)
In 1908,
you started it true.
Deltas were AKA's just like you.
But 22 ladies made a deal to be
cute sisters and plain ol' REAL
No ivy, no mirror, no pink no green.
The real sorority started in 1913.
So it's cool AKA, do what u do.
We can skee-wee, but u can never oo-oop.
-REDalert05 ; http://www.stophazing.org/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243 ; 10-04-2005

Editor: This is another version of the Delta Sigma Theta chant dissing the AKAs. The ivy is the AKA plant. That sorority's colors are pink and green. The AKA's signature call is "skee-wee". The Deltas' signature call is "oo-oop".

A characteristic AKA pose that is done during step shows is to pretend to hold a mirror in front of their face. The "mirror in front of the face" stance is a way that sorors (members) of AKA took a put down of their organization (that they are conceited) and turned it into a positive (that they are very confident in their outer appearance).

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INTENSITY
Intensity AHH AHH (the sound you make after you quench your thirst)
Intensity AHH
I - N, T-E-N, S-I-T-Y
the nupes of K A PsI
Its like Thunder BOOM
its like lightning AHHH
when the nupes in the room.... its FRIGHTENING, FRIGHTENING, FRIGHTENING
-Aktor1911, http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=99226&page=5 , December 16, 2009

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IN THE BEGINNING
In the Beginning
Yes, in the beginning there were only two.
Yes, Eve was Delta and Yes Adam was a Que.
But they messed up and what do you know
To fix it-was KAPsi and SGRho.
I don't know what you been told
But the streets of heaven are rhoyal blue and gold.
And if you get to heaven and can't get in
That's because Peter and Paul are Kappa men.
- http://ms_quiet.tripod.com/chants.html [retreived 12/8/2012]
-snip-
This is a Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.. chant

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INTRODUCTION TO AKA STEP SHOW ROUTINE
Ladies and Gentlemen. (the squad is in a pyramid formation with one member on the top)
We know that you have been waiting with great anticipation.
But the wait is finally over.
The ivy has landed (the pyramid abruptly collapses on purpose.)

Now it’s time for you to be introduced to the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority
Innnncorporated.
They are fine as wine.
In their movements
And goal
The first sorority for
ALLLL to behold.

All other sororities
want to be as serious as THIS sorority,
sweet as candy,
lovely to behold
Oh, one day, do you suppose
that one day when the other sororities
grow up
IF they grow up
(the video camera focuses on one soror silently mouthing this line in derision of the other sororities)
They can be just like US!
- from a video of a Meharry Medical College Step Show, 1996, posted by Azizi Powell

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I PHI IS SO FINE
I PHI is so doggone fine
Send in chills up and down my spine
WHOOOOAAA, YEAAAAAAHHH

Its so fine
(its so fine)

Its I-PHI
(Its I-PHI)

*repeat until hoarse or someone passes out
-Guest Ill IOTA; 5/11/2009; Fraternity & Sorority Chants and Songs
http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=103135&messages=46

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I SAID HEY BETAS
Beta Phi Pi Fraternity Inc. is one of the newest African American Fraternity. We were found on the campus of Western Illinois University in April of 1986. We have expanded all across the nation, establishing chapters in many Undergraduate Universities. An example of our chant goes..

Hey Betas!! What!! I said Hey Betas!!!! Whaaattt!!
(UNISON) We decided to become the best in sight. That's why the baddest young brothas wear the black and white!! So forget the Black & gold, and...the blue and white! Forget the purple and gold and those...candy strips!!!
-Simon H., 3/23/2006

Editor:
Thanks for that information, Simon H. I hadn't heard of Beta Phi Phi, Inc. before receiving your post. "I Said Hey Betas" is an example of how chants weave praise for their organization with mild disses (insults) of other fraternities or of sororities which are not considered to be that particular fraternity's sister organization. . The colors mentioned in this chant are associated with the following Black Greek Letter fraternities: Black & Gold=Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc; "Blue & White"=Phi Beta Sigma, Inc.; "Purple & Gold"=Omega Psi Phi, Ince.; and "Candy Strips" (Red &White)=Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc.

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I SAID DELTAS
i said deltas
what with the red and white
i know we lookin and havin fun 2night
akas thank they high and fine
look at these deltas
they ain't got nothin like mine
moocha moocha i step in
moocha moocha you step out
oop-ooop is what dst is all about
-poo-pooh; 4/25/2006

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IT'S A SERIOUS MATTER
Examples of this chant are posted below under " T " for "This Is A Serious Matter".

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IT'S SO HARD PLEDGING K-A-Psi
It's so hard pledging K-A-Psi
A konstant struggle each and every day....
But I'm gone accept,
That this is how its gone be.
not trying to skate in this fraternity..
I wanna be like Diggs, Big Brother Diggs,
The finest Kappa in this fraternity...
Phi Nu Pi The Diamond in the Sky...
Many have tried but were denied
Phi Nu PI The Diamond In The Sky.
I wanna be like Diggs, Big Brother Diggs,
The finest Kappa in this fraternity!!!!!!!
K-A-Psi None greater..
All men were kreated equal....
Some just look
better.
-Yo Endless Klimaxx ; 5/7/2007

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I'VE BEEN WORKING HARD FOR IOTA
I 've been working hard for iota/ Gotta that iota shield I've been working hard for iota because it is my will (hold that line) hold that and we will be together pledging now and pledging forever I've been working, working striving. striving but i still gotta long way to (Go oh oh oh)x2
-jamere t.; 6/7/2006

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I WANT TO BE A KAPPA AS SOON AS I KAN
I want to be a Kappa,
I want to be a Kappaman,
I want to be a Kappa,
I want to be a Kappa as soon as I kan.

Don't wanna be an Alpha,
Don't wanna be an Alpha monkey,
I don't want to be an Alpha,
Want to be a Kappa as soon as I kan.

I don't want to be a Sigma,
Don't want to be a Sigma sissy,
Don't want to be a Sigma,
Wanna Be A Kappa as soon as I kan..

Don't wanna be Omega,
Don't want to be a Que Psi puppy,
Don't wanna be Omega,
wanna be a Kappa as soon as I kan...

Don't want to be Iota.
Don't want to be Iota period!!!
Don't want to be Iota,
Gotta be a Kappa as soon as I kan.

I wanna be A Kappa.
I want to be a Kappaman,
I want to be a Kappa,
Gotta be a Kappa as soon as I kan.
-Yo Rokk Hard Kumklusion; 7/5/2007

Editor: Note the use of the letter "K" instead of the letter "C". This is a signature characteristic of [Black Greek lettered fraternity] Kappas. Also see below for references to "Kappas" that refer to other fraternities or to sororities.

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JEM BOOBS
J. E. M. S. Jem boobs
Working for a goal.
Don't mind it.
Working for a goal.
We'll find it.
[repeat a number of times]
-snip-
This is a song that my AKA pledge line sung. I forgot about this song until I found it among many decades old papers that I had stored and was cleaning [5/31/2013]. I also had forgotten pledges being called "jem boobs". I suppose that put down [?] term refers to the AKA pearls & the fact that females have boobs (breast). Now that my memory of this song has been refreshed by finding these words that I wrote down, I remember my line sisters and I strutted [stepped?] in a vertical line while singing this song.

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I WENT TO THE RIVER
I went to the river and started to drown
I thought about a Sigma and I couldn't go down
so I ripped the "S" off of superman's chest
and put it on a SIGMA cuz he's the best
I said Go! Go! Go! G.O.M.A.B.!!!
- http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:3hmPQ4Qtk7wJ:pbsthe... ; retrieved on September 30, 2010

Editor: The line "I ripped the "S" off of Superman's chest" is probably from a version of Reggae singer Barrington Levy's song "Murderer".

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JUST A FEW MORE DAYS I'LL BE AN ALPHAMAN
Ice-Cold water runnin through my veins
My body's all wracked in pain
Just a few more days and I'll be an ALPHAMAN
Just a few more days and I'll be an ALPHAMAN...
-ENewton; http://www.stophazing.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243;...

Editor: At the end of this chant the poster wrote: "I had to take it back to the Sphinxman days." "The Sphinxman" is a referent for brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha. This is probably a clip of a longer chant. See "Go Down" and other examples of chants on this page from the Brian A. Jackson Alpha Phi Alpha collection.

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JUST THE RHOS BABY*

Lead-Did you wanna to pledge Alpha Kappa Alpha?
Group- No.
Lead-Did you wanna to pledge Zeta Phi Beta?
Group- No.
Lead-Did you want to pledge Delta Sigma Theta?
Group- No. NoNoNoNo.
Just the Rhos baby.
RhoRhoRhoRhoRho.
The blue and gold, baby.

Knew that I was led**
Knew that I had surely died
Only to see the rhoyal blue light
And the golden Sigma sun shining bright
RhoRhoRhoRhoRho.
Just the Rhos baby.
RhoRhoRhoRhoRho
The blue and gold, baby.
[repeat last verse several times]
- 2011 Sigma Gamma Rho Probate Spring Part 1 of 4, Apr 5, 2011

* This may not be the actual title of this song.
** I’m not sure if “led” is the word that the group is singing.
Note: I added a "h" to the word "royal", following the custom that I've seen for Sigma Gamma Rho spelling of that word.

Here's that video:
2011 Sigma Gamma Rho Probate Spring Part 1 of 4

Uploaded on Apr 5, 2011

SGRho Probate Lambda Rho Chapter University of Florida on 4/3/2011

K,L
KAPPA KAPPA PSI
Kappa Kappa Psi Kappa Kappa Psi, so clean so fly, Kappa's stay strong, Kappa's never die alone, Love it what is is, No pain no tears, In foggy weather Kappa's always stay clear, Gone bag down and leave with fear, Cuz Kappa Kappa Psi never shed no tears.
-Nada J.; 4/20/2006

Editor:
Hey, guys and gals! It's cool that you are sending in examples of your organization's chants. But help us out here, please. Remember to include some information about the organization. Is it a sorority, or a fraternity, or some other group? Is it university based? Is it a predominately African American (or some other racial/ethnic group) Greek letter organization? If it is relatively new,when and where was it founded? And does your organization have step teams?

That information will help spread the word about your organization. For instance, I've heard of the university based Black Greek letter fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi. But before this chant I hadn't heard of Kappa Kappa Psi and I'm not sure if it's a sorority or a fraternity or some other organization.

Including information about your organization will help spread the word about that organization. Thanks!

See the comment section below for more information about this fraternity.

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KAPPA LEFT
When we were scrollers we used to march in line in the "Kappa Left" position and say:

"Clear the streets, move aside,
here come the scrollers of K A Psi,
second to none, number one, Kappa Alpha Psi".

Then the tail would make a choo choo train sound, and then we would repeat.

ETA: Scrollers have been doing the "Kappa Left" since DZ's 1st line. It's a DZ tradition.
-PettyBoy (Michigan) ; http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=99226 ; 09-07-2008

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KAPPAMAN
Kappaman, wakes up early Sunday morning
Kappaman, Learns his lessons oh so weeeeeeeeelllllllllllll
Kappaman, he would love to tell the story
He'll say, "Yo Nupe"
K-A-Psi, Oh My Phi Nu Pi
"Yo Nupe", That's Achievement until the day I die"
"Yo Nupe", I love to hear that Kappaman Krrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyy

Kappaman, ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Someone komplete the rest.....

Pledging days, Oh So Ruggedddddddddd!!!!!!!!
-K_i_A NUPE; http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=99226&page=4 Kappa Stroller Chants; 4/9/2009

Editor:
Based on the video of this song given below, the tune for this fraternity song is probably the same tune as the R&B song "Grandma's Hands" by Bill Withers. Here's a link to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv5pagal-ls

Here's a video of another version of the fraternity song "Kappa Man":

Kappa Man video (sung by Jonathan Hicks)

Uploaded by KeMac1911 on Apr 11, 2011

Tribute to Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (by Ken McCain)
-snip-
A comment on this YouTube comment thread indicates that this song is on a CD called "Kappa Klassics"

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KAPPA SWEETHEART
I went to England to visit the Queen
she saw I was a NUPE and krowned me king
.I threw her the YO,
she played the part
now the Queen of England is a KAPPA SWEETHEART...
- ONE PM (Gulfport, MS) ; http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=99226&page=2

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KAPPA ZETA RHO
Those chants were good but check dis one out:
Kappa Zeta Rho don't take none from deze hoez
we come in wit a bang lookin so good,
struttin wit are cane dang we sound mean,
they cry when i cry, laugh when i laugh,
tho bows when i tho bows, Kappa Zeta Rho!
-Nicole J.; 4/13/2006

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KING TUT (Version #1)
King Tut went to Egypt the other day
To Check out the greeks that were coming his way
He saw the Ques, and he said thay acted like a fool
He saw the Kappas, and he said that they were not cute
He saw the Sigmas, and he said that they made him sick
Then he saw the A-PHI!, and he made his pick
-ENewton; http://www.stophazing.org/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243 ; 09-30-2005

Editor: This is an Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. chant

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KING TUT (Version #2)
All: My-y-y old King Tut
was the very first Greek,
a-a-h when he clapped his hands
he had the ladies at his feet.
A-a-h, Tut, Tut, Tut,
a-a-h, Tut, Tut, Tut.

One brother: I said

All: When he saw the Sigmas,
it made him mad.
When he saw the Kappas,
it made him mad.
A-a-h, when he saw the Ques,
it made him sick.
When he saw the frat,
then he had to pledge quick.
A-a-h, Tut, Tut, Tut,

He had a black and gold whip
and a black and gold cane,
then he came up
a-a-h with this black and gold name.
A-ha-h A Phi A,
A Phi A,
A Phi A,
-Alpha Phi Alpha, East Tennessee State University, in Soulstepping: African American Step Shows by Elizabeth C. Fine; originally from Thompson, "Aesthetic of Cool", 95-96, transcription by Jane Woodside pf videotape of Dance Heritage Festival, 6 April 1991, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City

-snip-
Here's a video of a very similar version of this chant:

King Tut and Finale - Spring 2011 - Beta Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Uploaded by Linwoodwoodley on May 17, 2011

Recorded on March 18, 2011 using a Flip Video camcorder.

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KING TUT (Version #3)
...I'm suprised I can remember some of these!

Good thing back then was...we could chant at each other all night and NOT have any conflicts! You'd usually see the same ones chanting back and forth at each other at a party later out in the parking lot drinking together.

One of my favorites was

Ol' King Tut he was the very first frat,
And when he clapped his hands he rocked the house
like that....ahhhh tut...tut...tut...King Tut
ahhh tut...tut...tuh...King Tut,

He looked at the Kappas and it made him mad,
He looked at the Sigmas and it made him sad,
He looked at the Ques and it made him sick,

But when he saw that ALPHA he had to pledge it quick
ahhhh tut.....ahhhh tut.....ahhhh tut!!!
- robelite, http://onolympus.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=life&action=print&thread=... E-Greek Chant Off, Mar 5, 2008

WARNING: A number of examples on that page include profanity, explicit sexual references, and homophobic references.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/08/examples-of-alpha-phi-alpha-chan... for a post on my blog about the Alpha chant "King Tut".

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LAMBDA THETA PHI
LAAAAMBDA … Theta Phi
LAAAAMBDA … ‘Till the Day We Die.

Editor: This may be a clip of a longer chant or song. It is described in the article as the Latino fraternity's most popular chant.
-http://www.stevens.edu/lambda1975/history.html Lambda Theta Phi, Zeta chapter [Retrieved 3/7/2010]

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LEFT AND RIGHT
I've got Sigma to the left of me,
Gamma to the right of me,
Rho to the back of me,
I've got SGRho all over my body.
- http://ms_quiet.tripod.com/chants.html [retrieved 12/8/2012]
-snip-
This is a Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc chant.

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LOOK OVER THERE
... on my yard all the Deltas and Zetas where real tight I guess it depends on what yard your on.

Ok
Heres an old one

Look over there and tell me whose supreme
(echo)
its the blue and the white
and the pink and green

Look over there and tell whose ahead
(echo)
its the blue and the white and crimson and creme

Look over there and tell me whose got soul (echo) - its the blue and the white and the blue and gold.

Look out look out look out look out ohhhhh

Then it goes onto some other things cant exactly remember.
-zeta 4 life ; 9/29/2005 ; http://www.stophazing.org/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243
Frat/Soror Chants

M,N
MAKE WAY THE Q TRAIN IS COMIN
Make way the Q train is comin
Make way the Q train is comin
Make way the Q train is comin
And you don’t want to be left behind.
-posted by the editor; 12/2005 (I heard this chant at step shows I attended in the 1990s in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and from viewing various step show tapes from that decade).

Editor:
This song is often included in Omega Psi Phi, Inc step shows. The song is based on the African American spirituals about the gospel train comin. These spirituals warn people to get on board the gospel train because they don’t want to be left behind.

One theory is that these spirituals were sung to alert slaves to prepare to escape on the "Underground Railroad". However, it doesn't seem realistic to me that this song or other songs said to be used to convey such messages would be effective over time {since I just can't believe that Black snitches or White plantation masters etc. wouldn't catch on to the "hidden meaning" of the song if every time it was sung, a person fled slavery to freedom in the Northern USA or Canada. But that is a whole 'nother discussion.

This Omega Psi Phi, Inc. song is usually started by a brotha with a deep, melodious voice.

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MANY ARE CALLED
Many are called but the chosen are few
Don’t be mad your not a Sigma, too
You hate me cause you ain’t me
Now bow down to the Rho and let my Sorors through
- http://ms_quiet.tripod.com/chants.html

[This is a Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. chant]

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MASTERPIECE
Sigma Gamma Rho is the way to go
We’re gonna break it down so that you know
We’re not the first sorority, but that matters least
Because there’s three rough drafts
before the masterpiece
- from http://ms_quiet.tripod.com/chants.html [retreived 12/8/2012]

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MY SORORITY HAS A FIRST NAME
Editor: Here's a very simular chant from a [historically] White university based (Greek lettered) sorority-Delta Delta Delta (the tri-Deltas). I'm not sure which sorority used this chant first, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn if it was a historically White sorority.

My sorority has a first name
Its D-e-l-t-a
My sorority has two other names
Their D-e-l-t-a
So if you feel the need to chill
call *** **** (we added our tele#)
'cause gentleman prefer to say they date a d-e-l-t-a
(to the tune of the Oscar Meyer song!)
-GatoDnc7DeltaX3; 02-17-2007, http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=42998

Editor: For a very similar chant, see "Their Sorority has a first name" posted below .

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NO ONE CAN DO IT LIKE WE CAN
No one can do it like we can!
We are the baddest in the land!
We are the educated, motivated,
Skin tight, mo' hype, hard workin',
Blood sweatin', all up in yo' world reckin'
Ladies of LADIES OF SGRHO! EEEEEEEEEEEE-YIP!
- http://greeks.astate.edu/sigmagammarho/chants.htm; (Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. chants; assessed 6/22/2010

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NOW DO YOU WONDER WHY WE PLEDGED OMEGA PSI PHI
during probate show we had our lamps sing in a raspy voice and say while stepping

"Now do you wonder why we pledged Omega Psi Phi,
we pledged with heart and soul
we love that purple and gold.
(repeat)
then you go to Omega Psi Phi iii
Oh let ah me see ah see what?
Your funky four corner step
a funky four step"

...you put your individual chapter's [step] moves in there
-dimp ; 10/12/2006

Editor:
http://www.greekcreations.com/funfeatures_content/glossary_01.html is a glossary of fraternity & sorority terms. According to that glossary, a "probate show" is "A term used by NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council} groups to designate the time when new members of such groups come out to the campus to be revealed to other students".
-snip-

See the listing of NPHC groups in my comments on African American fraternities & sororities. Also, see this definition for pledges from that same website: "Pledge (New Member) "A term used to refer to a new member of a fraternity or a sorority. After the recruitment period, pledges learn the history of their national and local chapters, learn the ideals and principles of the group, get to know their fellow new members and get to know the initiated members."
-snip-

"Lamps" is the referent used for Omega Psi Phi, Inc.'s "pledges" (men who are "pledging" that fraternity).

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N.U
Lead: N - U
Brothers: ALPHA PHI
Lead: N - U
Brothers: ALPHA PHI
Lead: N - U
Brothers: ALPHA PHI
-Emil R;, 2/14/2007

(From Nu Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc. East Coast Asian-Interest Fraternity ; http://www.naphi.com )

Editor: Thanks, Emil R, for sending two of your fraternity's chants to Cocojams! I'd love to include more examples of chants/songs from fraternities/sororities that aren't majorty African American organizations.

O,P
OH WHEN I FIRST SAW THE LADY IN HER PINK AND GREEN
Oh when I first saw the lady in her pink and green
She asked me what do I want to be
Well, I said I want to be an AKA
Cause Alpha Kappa Alpha
is the only way
I didn't see the Delta flicker,
I saw the light
Cause in my heart I knew my choice was right
Well, I didn't want to be no Delta
I didn't want S G Rho
I didn't want to be a Z Phi B
Cause I didn't want to step that low.
-Sophist08ed Lady ; 7/17/2007

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OH IT'S SO HARD PLEDGING B-PHI
Song of Pledges:
Ohhh its sooo hard pledging B-PHI
a constant struggle each and everyday/
Some wonder why...i chose B-PHI and continue pledging this way/
Many are blinnnnddd And cannot find, the truth
cause no-one seems to really know?
but I WILL DROP!!!
(Unison) HELL NO!!!/
And thats the way its gonna be
ohh Dean YOU'VE GOT TO LET ME AND MY LINE BROS GO!!
-Simon H., 3/23/2006
-snip-
This is a Phi Beta Sigma chant.

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OH MOTHER HUBBARD
Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard
To fetch her poor dog a bone.
But when she bent over,
Rover came over,
And he had a bone of his own.
-excerpt, the complete chant was on several YouTube videos; this was posted by Azizi Powell, 2/3/2010

Editor:
I recently saw a YouTube video in which a Black fraternity member reciting this chant with additional verses. Unfortunately, I can't remember which video it was or which fraternity. I think it was Omega Psi Phi, Inc.-which makes some sense because of their "nasty dog" meme. But I'm not sure about that.

What is interesting to me is that in 2001 a White man (who is a member of an online folk/blues music forum that I used to be very active with), posted this very similar version of this rhyme in a thread entitled "Nasty Nursery Rhymes".( I won't include that link on Cocojams.com because some of that particular thread's content is too raw for the Cocojams.com site)

This Mudcat member indicated that the rather "risque" comedian Andrew "Dice" Clay also used a verse like that in his nightclub acts. "The only one of his that I know for a fact WAS making the schoolyard rounds at least 40 years ago is a bit different than listed there. I remember it quite well:

Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard
To fetch her poor dog a bone.
But when she bent over,
Rover came over,
And he had a bone of his own.

-snip-
My question is "What came first-the chicken or the egg? What I mean is who originated this parody of the "Old Mother Hubbard" Mother Goose nursery rhyme? Sometimes I think that we (African American) as a group may not want to acknowledge that we got some parts of our culture from non-Black sources. But one expression of our creativity as a people is reshaping ideas and images that already exists, tweaking it or almost totally changing it into something "new" and "different". There's no shame in that game. Besides, using verses and a line here or there from schoolyard rhymes, spirituals, R&B songs, Pop songs, and other compositions is "standard operating procedure" when it comes to folk music. And I consider fraternity & sorority chants to be a genre of folk music.

So if we ever could find out with a large degree of certainity that this version of "Old Mother Hubbard" came from Black folks, that's cool. And if we find out that this verse came from White folks and we took it and rebaptized it in the name of Blackness for our organizations' use, then as far as I'm concerned. that's also cool.

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ONE AND ONE AND ONE MAKE THREE (Example #1)
One and one and one makes three.
You better watch your man
cause your man is watchin me.

So if you came her with your man
you better hold him tight.
Cause you damn sure better believe
He’ll be leaving here with a Q Pearl tonight.
-a member of Q Pearl, 1990s {East Coast, USA}; posted by Azizi, 12/05;
also featured in Meharry College step show video, (with the name "AKA" substituted for "Q Pearl) late 1990s; transcribed and posted by Azizi, 12/2005.

Editor:
Click these posts on my cultural blog for a sound file and comments about the possibility that "Kokomo Blues" and/or "Sweet Home Chicago" was the source of "1 and 1 and 1 make 3" and the "1 and 1 is 2" chants:
http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/12/kokomo-blues-as-source-of-beatle...
and http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/01/sweet-home-chicago-various-perfo...

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ONE AND ONE AND ONE MAKE THREE (Example #2)
I was chattin' with my LB (Tail) a few minutes ago and he reminded me of this one...

1 and 1 and 1 is 3
You better watch your girl
Bekause she's watching me,
2 plus 2 and 1 is 5
We are those Pretty Nupes of the K A Psi
And if at night You hear a noise
It's just your freaky girl with them Kappa boys!
-Kappachino3Klub (Texas), http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=99226&page=5
-snip-
This is a Kappa Psi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. chant. The "Tail" is the last person in your pledge "line" (group). If I'm not mistaken. the Tail is usually the tallest person in your line.

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ONE AND ONE IS TWO (Example #1)
1 plus 1 is 2
And 2 plus 2 is four;
You better watch your man.
Cuz he's knockin at my door.
He didn't want a Delta.
Didn't want a Skee-Wee.
Not even a Zeta.
All he wanted was me.
Cuz I'm a Sigma ("...what?...")
Gamma Rho ("...oh")
Don't even trip.
I said my sorors say EE-YIP!
(sorors EEE-YIP)
-Paragon1922 http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=6876 , 03-09-2001

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ONE AND ONE IS TWO (Example #2)
I said 1 and 1 is 2
And 2 and 2 is 4
You’d better get your man because he’s knocking at my door!
He don’t want a Delta
Not even a Zeta
Not even a Skeewee
All he wanted was me
Cause I’m a Sigma
What?
Gamma Rho!
Ooooh!
So don’t even trip!
My Sorors say EE-Yip!!!
- from http://ms_quiet.tripod.com/chants.html [retrieved 12/8/2012]
-snip-
This is a Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc, chant

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ONE MORNING
I woke up one morning and what did I see?
Three mighty founders of PHI B. E.
They touchedy heart and they touched my soul.
They said oh don't you pledge that black and gold.

They touched my mouth and they touched my eye
and said oh don't you pledge no K-A-Psi.

Now they looked me down form my head to my shoe
and said you sho don't want to be no Que.

Now I'm walking down that Sigma Street.
I saw some Zetas they were looking at me. *
I looked to my left and I looked to my right
and all I could see was that Blue and White.

Now the closer I got to that light you see.
PHI BETA SIGMA was growing in me.

The road is hard to Sigmaland.
Before I got ther I had to cross them sands.

Now that I've crossed those burning sand.

I can say I am a SIGMA MAN!!!!
- http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:3hmPQ4Qtk7wJ:pbsthe... ; retrieved on September 30, 2010

Editor: This is a Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. chant
* On the website from which this chant was taken, the "Zetas" in the chant was given as "Xetas". I'm pretty sure that "Xetas" is a typo for "Zetas". See this quote from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi_Beta_Sigma - "The fraternity [Phi Beta Sigma] is the only one of its kind to aid in the creation and hold a constitutional bond with a predominantly African-American sorority, Zeta Phi Beta (ΖΦΒ)."
end of quote.
The colors for both the fraternity & the sorority are Royal Blue & Pure White.

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PROBATE MAN
When I was a probate man
trying to find my way across the burning sands
come on brothers and rescue me
RELEASE! ME! FROM! MY! MISERY!
i said i oweeeeeeeeeeee
my lifeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
to SIGMA whooooo!
S-I-G-M-A!
I owe! I owe my life!
- http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:3hmPQ4Qtk7wJ:pbsthe... ; retrieved on September 30, 2010

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Q,R,S
RED AND WHITE
Red and white or
Red and gold
Delta Sigma Theta
You don't even know
One..bright...shiny day
Your VERY FIRST founder was an A-K-A
So greet ME Delta, stand in line
Cause you don't know who you are
And you can't make up your mind!
-PrettyPhenomenal ; http://www.stophazing.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243;p=2 , 9/30/2005

Editor: This is a Alpha Kappa Alpha chant that disses Delta Sigma Theta.

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RED HOT
(Someone yells) Gamma Phis are what?
(Everyone answers) Red hot!
(Someone yells) Gamma Phis are what?
(Everyone answers) Red hot!
(All together) Gamma Phis are R. clap E. clap D. clap
With a little bit of H. clap O. clap T. (clap,clap,clap)
R.E.D. with an H.O.T. (spell out)
Red hot, red hot, red hot!!!
-GammaEta_LB (Gamma Phi Beta sorority cheer); http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=32351&page=3; 08-11-2005

Editor:
Examples of this exact same cheer (with different group names) can be found on Cocojams children's cheerleading cheers page: http://www.cocojams.com/content/childrens-cheerleader-cheers

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REPRESENT REPRESENT
Soloist#1 We are the Deltas
And we are here to represent.
Delta
Group Represent Represent
Soloist #2 1913
Group Represent Represent
Soloist #3 DST
Group Represent Represent
Soloist #4 1913
Group Represent Represent
-Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. chapter; Meharry Medical College, step show video, 1996, posted by Azizi Powell

Editor:
Different soloists were used for each line of this chant. A different step routine was performed for each line. "1913" is the date that Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded. “DST” is an abbreviation of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In this context, “represent” means to act as a representative for the group, to let people know about the group, and promote the group’s virtues.

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RIGHT SMACK DAB
Right smack dab in da middle of the sands
you will find a proud Omega man!
So when this ole world starts getting you down
Omega Psi Phi will always be around !
-Que Pup; 4/5/2007

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RUNNING THROUGH THE SANDS
I was runnin through the sands,
It was "oh so cold,"
When I came upon a man, wearin the black n gold,
I said "hey there greek, why you hatin on me?"
He said cause all my fam, wants to be a Blu-Phi!!

I was runnin through the sands,
It was hot and dry,
When I came upon a man of K A Psi,
He said "hey there greek, can you show me a twirl?"
I said "Hell noooo greek," and I took his girl.

I running through sands,
It humid, WHEW,
When I came upon a man, good lawd, it was a Que,
He said "hey there greek, where have you been?"
I said "watching-kids-do-your-steps, in Kindergarten."

I walkin through sands,
Just havin a soda,
When I came upon a Zeta, who just knocked-out an Iota,
I said "hey sis, what happened to you?"
She said " I had to take him out, for hatin on BLU!!"

BLU, BLU, BLU BLU-PHI!!!
- http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:3hmPQ4Qtk7wJ:pbsthe... ; retrieved on September 30, 2010

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RUSH THETA
Here's a catchy one that I always had them do during rush when I was rush chair...
T with an H with a ETA
T with an H with a ETA
T with an H with a ETA
Ruuuush theta
love em, love em, love em, love em till ya die
come on theta sisters show your theta pride
t with an h with a eta
t with an h with a eta
t with an h with a eta
ruuuush theta
-Thetagurl; Jun 2001; http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=6377 [Retrieved 3/7/2010]

Editor: This is a chant for Kappa Alpha Theta. KAT is a historically White sorority. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraternities_and_sororities defines "rush" as a "formal recruitment" period, often called "rush week," which usually consists of events and activities designed for members and potential members of National Panhellenic Conference or the North-American Interfraternity Conference to learn about each other and the organization. At the end of the formal recruitment period, organizations give "bids," or invitations to membership." This is isn't usually the way that Black Greek lettered organizations gain members.

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SAID I WASN'T GOING TO TELL NOBODY
Said I wasn't going to tell nobody
A Phi A A Phi A
But listen people I've got to shout it
A Phi A A Phi A

The Kappas and the Sigmas
They got some soul:
A Phi A A Phi A
But they just can't compare
with the black and gold.

So listen Q's you'd better step aside.
But a lot of Q's didn't and a lot of Q's died.
Oh, A Phi A A Phi A
(Repeat twice)
-Brian A. Jackson Alpha Phi Alpha collection, permission granted to post on Cocojams.com, 3/20/2010

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STAY STRONG
It’s a long hard road to Omegaland.
Do you think that I will see you
on the other side?

Are you really worthy
of the land of the purple and the gold?
Will you succeed?
Will you cross the burning sands?
Are you worthy?
It’s a long hard road to Omega.
See it through.
Impress me.
-Anonymous, from notes in Q Pearl book, 1991 Edinboro University, posted by Azizi Powell

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SIGMA GAMMA RHO IS THE WAY TO GO
Sigma Gamma Rho is the way to go
We're going to break it down so you know.
We're not the first but that matters least
Because there's three rough drafts before the masterpiece

Sigma Gamma Rho is the way to go
We're going to break it down so you know.
We're not the first but that matters least
Because there's three rough drafts before the masterpiece

Yeeeeeeeeoooooooop!
- http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/drinkingsongs/mp3s/1990s/1999ca-black-greek-soundz-(CD)/sigma-gamma-rho-chants-and-songs/15-sigma-gamma-rho-is-the-way-to-go.htm

re-posted on 3/21/2010 with permission from that website's editor

Editor: When I clicked on that link (3/21/2010), the sound file continually repeats unless you turn off that feature by clicking the second symbol in that sound file

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SEE THEM GIRLS OVER THERE
See them girls over there...
They lookin at the Nupes
See them girls over there...
They lookin at the Nupes
Whats up
whats down
whats all around
Nupes Nupes my brothers
we here in town
-YeahImNasty;
http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=99226&page=6 Kappa/Stroller chants; 3/31/2011

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SKEE WEE MY SORORS
S-K-Double E - W Double E
Skee Wee, My Sorors. Skee Wee
Skeeeeee- Weeeeeee!
S-K-Double E - W Double E
Skee Wee, My Sorors. Skee Wee
Skeeeeee- Weeeeeee!
A-L-P-H-A
K-A-P-P-A
A-L-P-H-A
Whooo those AKA's

An Ahhka is what a Delta ain't
What a Zeta couldn't
What a SGRho can't
What the Kappas like
What the Ques loves
What APhiA can't get enough of us

S-K-Double E - W Double E
Skee Wee, My Sorors Skee Wee
Skeeeeee- Weeeeeee!

One plus one is two
Two plus one is three
You better watch you man
Because your man is watching me

Four plus four is eight
One more is nine
If you didn't pledge AKA
Then watch you waste your time

Skee Wee, My Sorors. Skee Wee
Skeeeeee- Weeeeeee!
Skee Wee, My Sorors. Skee Wee
Skeeeeeeeeeeeee- Weeeeeeeeeee!
- http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/drinkingsongs/mp3s/1990s/1999ca-black-greek-soundz-(CD)/alpha-kappa-alpha-sorority-chants-and-songs/05-s-k-eee-weeee.htm ;
re-posted on 3/19/2010 with permission from that website's editor

Editor: This is posted with a partial sound file that continually repeats unless you turn off that feature by clicking the second symbol in that sound file.

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SGRHO IS IN THE HOUSE
Stop what ya doin
SGRHO is in the house!
and when we're on the floor,
u know we ALWAYS turn it out!
As I flipped my hair,
I made a Kappa stare-
As I turned it out
I made a Alpha shout-
Sigmas,Iotas and Ques?
Yeah, they want me too!
EEE-YIP!
I love my Gold and Blue!
- 3xthelady1922 http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?s=ccb66641f027f73cbecde... , 02-23-2006,

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SWEET AS CANDY
The Elephants are mad
The Ivy’s are sad
The doves have flown away
That’s just too bad
Sweet as candy Sweet as pie
I love Sigma Gamma Rho until I die!
- from http://ms_quiet.tripod.com/chants.html [retreived 12/8/2012]

T,U,V
TAKE IT SLOW
Soloist: Ladies, sometimes you've got to...
Sololist & Group: Take it slow
Admire the blue and gold
You've got to take a rest
To view the very best
You've better take your time
So it won't blow your mind
And when we come to the end
We just might just do it again.
Yeeeeoooop!
- http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/drinkingsongs/mp3s/1990s/1999ca-black-greek-soundz-(CD)/sigma-gamma-rho-chants-and-songs/08-take-it-slow.htm

re-posted on 3/19/2010 with permission from that website's editor

Editor: This chant is posted with a partial sound file that continually repeats unless you turn off that feature by clicking the second symbol in that sound file

"Blue & gold" are the colors of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (also known as SGRho). Their signature call is "Yeeeeoooop!"

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TESTIFY
(Song for Serenade - Tune "I Want To Testify")

Friends, inquisitive friends are asking what's come over me.
Change, there's been a change and A Phi A.

Girls are walking around me, and taking me by surprise,
And I'm a brown-eyed Alpha, You can see it in my eyes.

Now it was just a little while ago, my life was incomplete.
I was just so doggone low and Alpha pulled me to my feet. A Phi A

Chorus

Don't you know that I just want to testify
What Alpha has done for me.
(Repeat)
Hm---- Hm----
Alpha, Soul Fraternity.
(Repeat)
-Brian A. Jackson Alpha Phi Alpha collection, permission granted to post on Cocojams.com, 3/20/2010

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THE ONLY FRATERNITY
Don't let my son go Alpha,
A dying mother said.
Don't let him go Kappa,
I'd rather see him dead.
Don't let him go Sigma!
It's just a club you see.
But let him go Omega!
It's the only Fraternity.
- http://eoques.com/files/reclamation-retention_handbook.pdf The Episolon Omega Chapter Reclamation Kit Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. 2008 [retrieved 8/12/2012]

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THEIR SORORITY HAS A FIRST NAME (Example #1)
Their Sorority has a first name
(it's A-L-P-H-A)
Their Sorority has a second name
(it's K-A-P-PA)
Their Sorority has a third name
(it's A-L-P-H-A)
THEIR SORORITY, AS YOU CAN SEE, ACCEPTS THE REJECTS OF DST!
- Guest,OO-OOP; http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=103135 ; Fraternity & Sorority Chants & Songs; 1/3/2010

Editor:
This version of this chant is from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. "DST" is the initials for Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.sorority See Example #2 for an example from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Among the university based African American (Greek lettered) sororities, DST (the Deltas) and AKA (Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.) have a "history" of (shall we say) "rather keen rivalry".

What is interesting to me (as a community folklorist) is that this 'dissin' chant is based on the rather widely known "Oscar Myer hotdog jingle.

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THEIR SORORITY HAS A FIRST NAME (Example #2)
[Sung to the Oscar Meyers song]

Their Sorority has a first name
Its d-e-l-t-a
Their sorority has a second name
Its s-i-g-m-a
Their sorority has a third name
Its t-h-e-t-a
Cuz dst has a way of accepting rejects of AKA
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Epsilon Sigma chapter http://orgs.tamu-commerce.edu/esig1908/chants.htm (Retrieved 3/7/2010)

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THE WAY I FLIP MY HAIR
The way I flip my hair I make the Kappa’s stare
The way I turn it out I make the Alphas shout
The Sigma’s and the Que’s, Yeah they want me too
EEEE-YIP I LOVE MY GOLD AND BLUE!!!!!
THEY TELL US WE'RE SMART
- http://greeks.astate.edu/sigmagammarho/chants.htm; assessed 6/22/2010 (Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. chants)

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THEY TELL US THAT WE'RE SO SMART
Here is a chant that we used in step shows and it became a signature step for Sigma Gamma Rho because we stepped with books.

They tell us that we’re smart as if something is wrong,
Knowing that good grades is what everyone wants.
They tell us aiming high is really not that great,
And then we turn to say: at least we make our grades ( or “at least we graduate”)
-rhoyalty22 5/5/2005

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"THIRTEEN KNIGHTS" CHANT
I looked to the skyyyyy
And what did I see?
I saw the Thir - teen Knights
Looking down at me.
They took my hand And said, 'Understand You're a brother like no other You're a Lambda man'."
-Renzo M. Olguin | Founder, Alpha Omicron Chapter; Lambda Upsilon Lambda (full name: La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Incorporated).

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THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER (Version #1)
This is a Serious Matter
Yes
This is a Serious Matter
Yes Yes
Alpha Kappa Alpha
A-K-A
Sororities take note
We paved your way
So if your not AKA
You went the wrong WAY!
-AKA soror, (Pittsburgh, PA), from private electronic email to
Azizi Powell, 8/13/04; posted on 12/2005

Editor
"This Is A Serious Matter" appears to be the most widely known traditional Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. (AKA) chant. This chant and its accompanying side to side signature step movement have become signature parts of the culture of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. sorority.The complete lyrics to "This is a Serious Matter" chant vary among different chapters or within the same chapter at different points in time. "This Is A Serious Matter" is usually composed of two line rhyming verses that state the history of the sorority, praise the sorority and its members, and/or diss (insult) other sororitiies.

Many versions of this chant start with the step team saying "1 9 0 8" . This is the date that Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was founded. Most versions of "This Is A Serious Matter" include a reference to the fact that Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc was the first Black sorority. Each version of this chant includes the refrain "This Is a SERIOUS matter". However, as shown in a video featured on Cocojams' Step & Stroll page http://cocojams.com/content/fraternity-sorority-step-stroll-related-videos, a step team may only repeated the words "This is a serious matter; this is a serious, serious, serious matter". My sense is that what "is a serious matter" is the sorority itself- its history, its ideals, its present activities, and its members' commitment to that organization.

"This Is A Serious Matter" is performed using a distinctive step movement. Each member of the step team holds their hands in an "Egyptian dance" pose [with their hands held palms down and sideways right below their waist]. Other "Egyptian-like" poses are performed throughout this routine while the steppers move from side to side to the beat of the chant.

For the record, I "went over" (became a member of AKA Sorority, Inc) in 1967-Gamma Zeta chapter, New Jersey. Members of the state's graduate chapter pledged my line. We only stepped a couple of times, and I don't remember learning "This is a Serious Matter".

I'm not sure when the "This Is A Serious Matter" chant was first composed. If anyone remembers this chant from the late 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, please share that information
with Cocojams by contacting me at cocojams17@yahoo.com.

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THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER (Version #2)
I woke up this morning, jumped out of bed,
looked in the mirror and i SHOOK my pretty head
Okay they say i'm conceited, that is no lie....
I'LL BE A CONCEITED AKA UNTIL THE DAY THAT I DIE!
Pretty in pink, gorgeous in green
Since 1908, We've rained supreme!
This is a serious matter! YES!
This is a serious matter! YES, YES!
Alpha Kappa Alpha! (Alpha Kappa Alpha!)
SWEET AKA! (SWEET AKA!)
The first black sorority (echo)
WE PAVED THE WAY! (echo)
THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER!
-Guest, Fraternity & Sorority Chants and Songs; http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=103135&messages=76 ; 3/10/2010

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THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER (Version #3)
1 9 0 8
We are the first Black Greek sorority
We wear our twenty pearls
[?]
When you see us with our heads held high
And say [?] our noses are always in the sky
'Cause this is What?
Ah serious matter.
Group does step routines without chanting
Ah serious matter.
-BHSMouse; AKA GMU Probate Fall 08 Omicron Iota step; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyvnuGq5vLs&feature=related ; January 31, 2009
(re-posted & transcription by Azizi Powell, 5/19/2010)

Editor: The question mark in brackets means that I'm not certain about what the step team chanted. If you know the words to this version, or if you can better decipher the words chanted in this video, please send in corrections & additions to cocojams17@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER (Version #4)
We are the first black greek sorority.
Not DST, Not ZPhiB.
Sigma Gamma Rho. I don't think so.
Is it red and white? Is it red and gold?
Delta Sigma Theta you don't even know
Because on one bright and sunny day
all of your founders pledged AKA.
So greet me Delta and step back in line
because you don't know who you are
and you can't make up your mind." ...
This is a serious matter! YES!
This is a serious matter!
-The "Sensational" Sigma Epsilon Chapter' Spring 2003 [?]; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmvCmuFfycM&feature=related [This transcription was posted as a comment by video viewer Psionix9 in 2008]

Here's that video:

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THIS IS MY PINKIE
This is my pinkie (hold up pinkie)
And this is my hand (hold out hand)
It's just like an AKA to take your man
You're mad about your boyfriend
And that's no lie
It takes a real ALPHA Woman to keep him satisfied
So get yourself together and put your man on a leash because he'd rather be with beauty (sorors hold up your pinkie)
Than to be with the beast!

(sorors do the Delta's hand sign upside down. Should be an upside down triangle)
-soulforealAKA ; http://www.stophazing.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243;...

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TO THE LEFT
this goes to to the song Irreplacable by beyonce
to the left to the left
aka's yall went the wrong way
yall should of went rit wit tose delta's
yall know thats wats up.
yall went left with them sidissy akas
yall sould of went right
get yall minds rigt
yall cant even step
i bet yall cant even step to this tune
i bet yall couldnt talk and step at the same time

theres more
-Delta ; 8/13/2007

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VARIOUS ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA CHANTS*

Alpha Kappa Alpha

Uploaded by MissAmariG on Aug 30, 2010

Fall 2009 Yard Show (San Diego Undergraduate City Wide (UCSD, SDSU, USD). The Mu Iota Chapter)
-snip-
I'm particularly interested in the first example which was chanted when the step team entered the plaza. That chant is clearly based on the Duckworth chant ("Sound Off"). Here's my transcription of that sorority chant. A lead chants the first line and the rest of the group chants the words that are in parenthesis.

I don't know what you've been told
[I don't know what you've been told]
AKA's my heart and soul.
[AKA's my heart and soul]
One thing that I know for sure
[One thing that I know for sure]
Don't want no red, no blue, no gold*
Don't want no red, no blue, no gold*
19
[08]
19
[08]
1908
1908!
-Fall 2009 Yard Show (San Diego Undergraduate City Wide (UCSD, SDSU, USD). The Mu Iota Chapter) ; video uploaded by MissAmariG on Aug 30, 2010

W,X,Y,Z
WE ARE LUNCHIN
We are lunchin
We are lunchin
Yes we are
Yes we are
We will not cross over
We will not cross over
No we won't
No we won't.
-from memories of a Q Pearl (1991)

Editor: My contributor shared that "When we messed up big time, whoever were pledging us told us that we had to sing this song."

"Lunchin" meant "to take a break" and not be on task.

The tune of this song is the same as "Frère Jacques" (Are You Sleeping, Brother John"),

-snip-

The contributor also said that when she was pledging little sister (also know as being on line), a lot of what the pledges did was entertain their big sisters or the Qs that were pledging them. She also talked about the pledges doing skits. One skit that she remembers are from then popular commercials "Hefty Hefty Hefty/ Whimpy Whimy Whimpy" (where one pledge who was heavy set played the role of "hefty" and one pledge who played the role of "whimpy" played the role of "whimpy". Another skit that she remembers was "Hey Kool-Aid", In this skit, when other members of the fraternity visited or other big sisters visited, the big sisters or big brothers said to the visitors "Watch this". And the girls would come burst out of a curtain saying "Hey Kool-aid!".

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WE ARE THE BROTHERS OF QUE PSI PHI (WE ARE THE MEN OF QUE PSI PHI)
Synopsis of this song:
Members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. praise the organization & its founders and profess their love & loyalty to that organization. Members of that organization also recall how they felt during their pledge experiences, recall how others felt about them pledging, and indicate what they have learned as a result of pledging that fraternity.

[Corrections to my synopsis of this song's theme are welcome.]

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WE ARE THE BROTHERS OF QUE PSI PHI (Version #1)
[1995 Probates, Howard University]

Refrain leader: Oh Oh Oh!
All: Oh Oh Oh!
Leader: Oh Oh Oh Oh!
All: Oh Oh Oh!

Leader: We are the brothers of Que Psi Phi
All: We are the brothers of Que Psi Phi
Leader: The Mother Pearl and that's no lie.
All: The Mother Pearl and that's no lie.
Leader: We're gonna live, we're gonna die
All: We're gonna live, we're gonna die
Leader: In the name of Que Psi Phi.
All: In the name of Que Psi Phi.
Leader: We've come from near we've come from far
Leader: first by lamp and then by star
All: first by lamp and then by star.

Refrain

Leader: In this place of pain and tears,
All: In this place of pain and tears,
Leader: I have learned to persevere.
All: I have learned to persevere.
Leader: Manhood and scholarship,
All: Manhood and scholarship,
Leader: and the meaning of uplift.
Leader: Cooper, Coleman, Love, and Just (varied rhythm) *
All: Cooper, Coleman, Love, and Just,
Leader: They are watching over us.
All: They are watching over us.

Refrain

Leader: I may not see my home again,
All: I'll wave good-bye to all my friends,
Leader: I'll tell my Mama not to cry,
All: I am pledging Que Psi Phi.

Refrain.

Leader: She said "Son along the way,
All: She said "Son along the way,
Leader: watch those cloudy skies of gray.
All: watch those cloudy skies of gray.
Leader: The sun is shining on the other side (ritardando)
All: The sun is shining on the other side
Leader; shining brightly Que Psi Phi"
All: shining brightly Que Psi Phi" (crescendo)

Refrain (resume previously tempo)

* The last names of the four founders of the fraternity
-Elizabeth Fine, Soulstepping-African American Step Shows (University of Illinois Press; 2003) pg. 48-49

Editor:
Here's a quote from that book about this chant: "With shaven heads and gold paint glistening on their faces, the 1995 probates of Omega Psi Phi at Howard University stand at rigid attention, holding across their chest shields decorated with the fraternity insignia. In combat boots, tan trousers, blue sweat shirts, sunglasses, the young men stand with their chins and lower lips thrust out, a ritual facial expression known as the grit."

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Editor:
In her landmark book on Black fraternity and sorority steppin,Soulstepping-African American Step Shows Elizabeth Fine described this song as being performed by "probates", meaning "new members of a fraternity or a sorority".

According to http://dos.cornell.edu/greek/about_our_office/definitions.cfm "Probate [is] A show used to introduce new members of the organization". .

"Lamp” is a symbol for Que pledges; “Star” is a symbol for men who have passed the pledge process and become official members of the fraternity.

I've never heard the term "the grit" before reading it in Elizabeth Fine's book. However, I have definitely heard of "grittin" ("grittin on" someone).

In my opinion, the term "grittin" comes from the word "gritty" and refers to a harsh "stone faced" expression. "Grittin" is a term that is used to describe the exaggerated, bulldog like angry expression that is a signature facial expression for members & pledges of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (meaning it is usually not done by other fraternities). I think that Ques put on this facial expression to show how tough & in control they are.

In everyday interactions - outside of the performance of "steppin" or its related fraternity/sorority movement "strollin" - a person who sees someone with this expression looking at him* might confront that person and say "Why you grittin on me?" The person with that grittin expression then has to make some choices. He could change that facial expression and deny that he was "grittin" (on that other person). Or he could keep that same expression or make his facial expression even sterner and say something that would escalate the confrontation. In other words, "grittin" is no joke.

I would advise people not to put on these facial expressions if they don't want to start some trouble that they may not be able to finish.

*Although the male pronoun is used in this comment, females also have been know to "grit on" other people.

Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymKLymvwD2U "Willow Smith -Whip My Hair" for an example of grittin. The image facial expression that Willow Smith does at about 1:06 is a good example of that facial expression.

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WE ARE THE MEN OF Q PSI PHI (Example #2)
We are the men of Q Psi Phi
Mighty Mighty Q Psi Phi
We come from near we come from far
First by lamp and then by star

Whoa oo Whoa oo
Whoa oo oo oo oh

I kiss my girl and made her cry
Cause I was pledgin Q Psi Phi.
I kissed my girl and made her cry
Cause I was pledgin Q Psi Phi

Whoa oo Whoa oo
Whoa oo oo oo oh
-posted by Azizi, 12/05 (source: step shows that I attended in the 1990s in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
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Text analysis:
I believe that the implication of the lines "I kissed my girl and made her cry/cause I was pledgin Q Psi Phi" was that the girl cried because she knew that she'd have less time with her man now that he was pledging Q Psi Phi.

The line "I kissed my girl and made her cry" is lifted from the Mother Goose rhyme: "Georgie Porgy; Puddin Pie/ kiss the girls and made them cry". However, since Ques are known as real buff, macho men, the next lines for the Georgie Porgie rhyme "When the boys came out to play/ Georgie Porgie ran away" wouldn't fit the image of the Q's at all.

The "Whoa oo Whoa oo" part of this song sounds like the refrain used in the military cadence "Ain't No Use In Lookin Down"*

"Leader-Woh oh oh oh
Others-(repeat above)/ Leader-Woh oh ohohohoh"

*The words to that military cadence can be found at http://cocojams.com/content/military-cadences-other-cadences

This is not to suggest that these that military cadence and that fraternity song have anything else in common or that one is derived from the other. It should be mentioned that those two examples have nothing else in common
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Requests For Assistance Regarding Documentation Of This Song:
I've not been able to find any YouTube video of "We Are The Brothers Of Que Psi Phi". If you know of any such video/s, please send a link or links to cocojams17@yahoo.com or post that link or links in the comment section below.

Notice that the words of Example #1 are written in a call & response format and the words of Example #2 are not. I seem to recall this song being sung by one member of the step team who had an exceptional voice. The other members of the step team were divided into three sub-groups. One group at a time started a step move, and then continued that move while the second and then the third group joined in with those groups' own move.

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WE ARE THE BROTHER QUES
Synopsis of this chant:
"We Are The Brother Ques" and its variant title "We Are The Dawgs" have the theme of celebrating the men's membership in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc and praising the way that brothers of that organization do step moves.

[Corrections to my synopsis of this song's theme are welcome.]

Comments:
It appears that "We Are The Brother Ques" ("We Are The Dawgs") is chanted while all of the times I have heard "We Are The Brothers Of Que Psi Phi" (in person and on video), it has been sung. My guess is that "We Are The Brother Ques" ("We Are The Dawgs") are of much more recent origin than "We Are The Brothers Of Que Psi Phi".

These videos shows some of the signature step moves that are performed by members (brothers) of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. These video also shows the Ques' signature grittin facial expression and their signature tongue out "dog" gesture.

My guess is that "We Are The Brother Ques" and "We Are The Dawgs" are of much more recent origin than "We Are The Brothers Of Que Psi Phi". However, that's only a guess.

I'm able to decipher some of what is being said in these videos but I think it's not enough to post a transcription. For the folkloric and historical record, I'd appreciate it someone would send the words to this chant to cocojams17@yahoo.com or post them as a comment below. Also, for the folkloric and historical record, I'd also and share information about when this chant was first performed. Thanks in advance!

WE ARE THE BROTHER QUES (Example #1)

We Are The Brother Ques

Uploaded by Xay90 on Dec 12, 2010

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WE ARE THE BROTHER QUES (Example #2)

Beta Eta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi - We Are The Brother Ques

Published on May 14, 2012 by Xay90

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WE ARE THE DAWGS

Omega Psi Phi - Chi Tau Chapter - We Are The Dawgs (Example #3)

Uploaded by MrDSheppard on May 19, 2011

Da Bruz setting owt We Are The Dawgs at my LB's Wedding!
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The uploader's statement is written in what I call Hip Hop contemporary African American English. That same sentence in Standard American English is "The brothers are setting out [performing; steppin] "We Are The Dogs" at my line brother's wedding.

A "line brother" is a man who was in the same pledge group [line] as you were.

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WE ARE THE GAMMA PHI BETAS
Here's another lovely cheer that the girls at Arizona State use:

We are the Gamma Phi Betas from ASU
We're here to shout, we're here to show
We are the best house on the row
So clap your hands and stomp your feet
Boogie along to the G-Phi Beat

G-A-MM-A P-H-I B-E-T-A (low voice) *Someone asks: "Who"*
G-A-MM-A P-H-I B-E-T-A (medium voice) *Another Person: "I Can't Hear You"
G-A-MM-A P-H-I B-E-T-A (extremely loud...think cheerleader)

(loud voice) We are the Gamma Phi Betas from ASU!
-kclovesgphib; http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=32351&page=4 ;10-18-2007,

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WE ARE THE ICE COLD BROTHERS OF APHIA
We are the
ice cold brothers of- ah APHIA
We rock * that black and gold untill the day we die
So when you see us in the street
Expect to be holified
Ice ice baby
WHAT!
too cold too cold
IT’S LIKE
[Do step routine]
Aaaah
ICE!
[Do step routine]
Aaaah
ICE!
[Do step routine]
Aaaah
ICE!
- transcription from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EajhKrRrlpk Alpha Phi Alpha stepping , video uploaded in 2009

* I'm unsure of this word

Editor: A video for this chant is given above under "Ice Ice ice Too Cold Too Cold"

A third member of that fraternity speaks to the audience and says “We are the ice cold brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity inc. Alpha Phi Alpha was founded on an ICE COLD Tuesday of December 4, 1906 at Cornel University,,, [the step team does a head down step move when saying "Ice cold"]

At the completion of the show the step team end with a routine and end by saying “ We are ice cold!”

I think that in the context of this fraternity, being "ice cold" means to be determined, resolute, not letting anything “phase you”(deter you from your goals.

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WE ARE THOSE SMOOOOOTH BROTHERS (Version #1)
WE ARE THOSE SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTH BROTHERS..
.WE ARE THOSE SAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUVE BROTHERS!!!!!!!!!!
KAPPA'S STAND UP
- Guest PrettyBoy KAPPA; http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=103135&messages=85 ; Fraternity & Sorority Chants and Songs ; July 15, 2011

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WE ARE THOSE SMOOOOOTH BROTHERS (Version #2)
(NUPE ABOVE) -u spelled "suave" wrong
WE ARE THOSE SMOOOOOTH BROTHERS!
WE ARE THOSE SUAVE BROTHERS!

...IS IT THE STYLISH CLOTHES WE WEAR??? -YUP! LOL
- Guest; Kappa Alpha Psi: http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=103135&messages=85; Fraternity & Sorority Chants and Songs ; July 15, 2011

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WE ARE THE SPHINXMEN
We are the Spinxmen
And we're moving up slowly
Cause we're pledgin Alpha
and we're bad muthas...shut yo mouth.
You see those Frats...YEAH.
I know you do.
Don't wanna be no Omega, Kappa, Sigma fool.
Come together
Pledging Alpha
On our way
Zoom zoom zoom
Well we're on our way
Zoom zoom zoom
(Repeat)
-Brian A. Jackson Alpha Phi Alpha collection, permission granted to post on Cocojams.com, 3/20/2010

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WE GOT
Chorus:
We got, we got; oh we got
Oh we got, oh what we got, we got
What-the Kappas ain't got;
Oh what we got, we got,
(Repeat)
What- the Q's ain't got;
Oh what we got, we got,
(Repeat)
What- the Sigmas ain't got,
Oh what we got, we got,
(Repeat)
(Back to the chorus and then then chant)
Chant-We're cool, we're too much, we're out of sight.
(Repeat twice)
So listen Q's you'd better step aside.
But a lot of Q's didn't and a lot of Q's died.
Oh, A Phi A A Phi A
(Repeat twice)
-Brian A. Jackson Alpha Phi Alpha collection, permission granted to post on Cocojams.com, 3/20/2010

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WE'RE COMING THROUGH
We're comin through....
Hey all you girls from the other side
watch out for that Phoenix pride
We're number 1
on that you'll bet
girls like us you've never met.
We're calling you out
so don't run and hide
step up and show your pride
Be sure to stand tall
cuz we're coming through
make way for that pink, white and blue.
Step back way back 2x
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Comments:
Sigma Kappa Tau Sorority Inc. is a community service greek letter organization that caters to lesbian women over the age of 21. Founded on October 14, 2005 in los angeles, california with members in st. Louis, mo. Portage, Ind. Long Beach, ca. Cockeysville,
Maryland. Kansas city, Mo. National website http://sigmakappatau.tripod.com. We're Coming Through" is our "National chant. Note to editor..... The phoenix is the national mascot of SKT, It's chosen for its supernatural powers of regeneration after living a full life the Phoenix submerges itself in its own flames coming back stronger than before. YEEEEEEEEEE is the signature call of SKT
-Salacious (Co-founder and Executive Director); 3/13/2007

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WE'RE GAMMA PHI GIRLS
We're gamma phi, ch ch chh, ch ch chh chh chh
We're gamma phi, ch ch chh, ch ch chh chh chh

We're the gamma phis at [name] University
And believe me, every girl here you'll wanna meet.
We're cool, we go to school, we make ALL the boys drool
We like to live our lives by the golden rule

We're gamma phi, ch ch chh, ch ch chh chh chh
We're gamma phi, ch ch chh, ch ch chh chh chh

Take a look at my sister
She's outta sight
There's somethin bout the crescent moon shinin at night

(One half) Hey honey!
(Other half) Hey sugar!
Let me give you a clue
When the weekend comes we know what to do

We have formals, exchanges, and philanthropy too
If you pledge our house, you'll never be blue!

We're gamma phi, ch ch chh, ch ch chh chh chh
We're gamma phi, ch ch chh, ch ch chh chh chh

We like to sing, party, giggle, wiggle, dance til we drop
Some say SLOW DOWN but baby we don't sto-op

The sisterhood here is amazing, you'll see.
The best friends you'll find are g-phi-b

So come on all you ladies and join our fun
Cuz every year we're number one

We're gamma phi, ch ch chh, ch ch chh chh chh
We're gamma phi, ch ch chh, ch ch chh chh chh
We're gamma phi!!
-DanznInSeptembe (Gamma Phi Beta Sorority) http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=32351&page=5; 12-12-2008

Editor: This cheer reminds me of the African American rhyme "Hey Baby". Visit Cocojams' Children's Game Song & Movement Rhymes http://www.cocojams.com/content/childrens-game-songs-and-movement-rhymes

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WE'RE PLEDGING K A PSI
We're pledging K A Psi
Oh Lord - Phi Nu Pi
Big Brother - Wanna be a Kappa Man before I die
We might even have to break down and cry
Gonna find the meaning of Phi Nu Pi

To all of the ladies who are so kind
and always lookin oh so fly
One of these dayz I'll be off this line
and 2 or 3 you are gonna be mine
-LogiK (Los Angeles, California), http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=99226&page=5 , December 31, 2009

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WE PUT THE 'D' IN DELTA
We put the "D" in Delta
The 'X' IN Xi
The 'P's for the passion of P-h-i !!
OOOOOWWIIEEEE! XiIEE!

Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc. [chant]
est. 4/20/1994 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
-Guest, Tiger; http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=103135&messages=86 Fraternity & Sorority Chants and Songs; September 16, 2011

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WHAT IF
What if the Alphas weren't so cold,
messed around and lost their home,
would the Pink and Green give them a loan?
What if, what if, what if?
What if a Kappa stepped on a crack,
dropped his cane and broke his back,
would their step shows still be wack?
What if, what if, what if?
What if the Ques were as they seemed,
messed around around and stepped out of the dream,
then they could really beat the football team,
What if, what if, what if?
What if the Iotas were nationwide,
what if the Iotas were statewide,
what if the Iotas were campus wide?
What if, what if, what if?
-Guest; http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=103135&messages=77; 2/23/2010

Editor:
This is an example of a Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc, dissin' (put down chant). The same chant is found on http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2007/02/the_second_duke.html. The "Ques', "Kappas", and "Iotas" are references for other Black Greek lettered fraternities. "Pink and Green" is a reference to the Black Greek lettered sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., which is unofficially considered to be the sister sorority to the Alphas. This chant disses each fraternity by alluding to memes (widely held beliefs, opinions) about that specific organization.

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"WHAT IS A ____"
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/12/what-is-name-of-black-greek-lett... for a post on my cultural blog about these chants.

WHAT IS AN AKA ? (Version #1)
Ummmm...the Delta Chant "What is a Delta" is an ORGINAL AKA chant.

"What is an AKA..."

AhhAKA is what a Delta ain't
what a Zeta want to be
what a Sigma can't
what the Ques like
what the Kappas love
what a APhiA can't get enough of.
-AKA Soror; 8/10/2006

Editor:
"What is a ____" is a sorority chant whose original composition is disputed among Black Greek lettered sororities. Each of the four Black Greek lettered sororities have multiple versions of this chant.

I've also found this video example of "What Is A Nupe"*: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX1ZEqZ6-cY

This example doesn't fit the same pattern as the "What Is A ___" sorority chants that i've collected to date.

*Nupe is a referent for members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

For the folkloric record, please share examples of or links to other sorority or fraternity chants by sending them in to cocojams17@yahoo.com Thanks!

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WHAT IS AN AKA? (Version #2)
AhhKA is what a Delta ain't
what a Zeta wants to be
what a Sigma can't
what the Ques like
what the Kappas love
what a APhiA can't get enough of.
-Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Epsilon Sigma chapter http://orgs.tamu-commerce.edu/esig1908/chants.htm (Retrieved 3/7/2010)

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WHAT IS AN AKA (Version #3)
Let's kick it to the ivies in the Crimson and Cream.
To be an AKA was your founders' only dream.
See Delta Sigma Theta was perfectly made because all of your founders pledged...AKA.
I say "oops oops" you slipped, you went the wrong way.
You pledged DST but you're dreaming AKA.

Because an AhhKA is what a Delta ain't
what a Zeta couldn't
what a SGRho can't
what the Ques like
what the Kappas love
what APhiA can't get enough of.

Skeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee- Wee!
- reflection08, Greek Chant Off, http://onolympus.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=life&action=print&thread=... ,Feb 29, 2008

-snip-
"Skeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee- Wee!" is the AKA [Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Inc. signature call> Only AKA sorors are supposed to do this chant.

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WHAT IS A DELTA? (Version #1)
What is a Delta? What is a Delta?
A Delta is what an AKA ain't
What a Zeta wanta be
What Sigma Can't
What a Kappa likes
What a Alpha Loves
What a Que Psi Phi Can't get enuf of.
Ooo-oop Ooo-oop Oop oop oop.
-Anonymous; 4/27/2007

Editor: This exact same chant was also posted on the fraternity/sorority thread that I started on Mudcat Cafe on July 8, 2007. The poster on that site used the screen name of "AWEthentic #1 - DST - Spring 2004"
-snip-
"Oop oop oop" is the Delta Sigma Theta signature call. Only DST sorors are supposed to say this call.

The chant "What is a Delta" is found at .023 of this video.

Greek Roll Call

Uploaded by M3trisjm92 on Apr 11, 2011

Claflin University
Spr. 11' Yard ShowWhat Is A Delta" at .023

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WHAT IS A DELTA? (Version #2)
The chant goes (or at least our version):
a DELTA is what an aka ain't,
what a zeta wanna be,
what a sigma* can't.
What the alphas like,
what the kappas love,
what a Que Psi Phi can't get enough of...OO-OOP!
-#3
Spr 08
Omicron Chapter
(fyi: i am a DELTA which is why I oo-oop'd at the end, but it is inappropriate for someone to repeat a call if you are not in their organization)
DSTLover1922 , 2009

*from that commenter: (as in Sigma Gamma Rho)
[from a video that is no longer available on YouTube.

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WHAT IS A DELTA? (Version #3)
What is a Delta, What is a Delta?
Who ain't a Delta, Who ain't a Delta?
A Delta is what you can be
Anyone can join this sorority, just sign your name and they'll put you through
and then you can go Oo-oop too
-LejaLaMorena; http://www.stophazing.org/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243 ; 09-29-2005 [retrieved by Azizi Powell, 5/19/2010]

Editor:
This version of "What is a Delta" is obviously chanted by someone who isn't a member of that sorority.

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WHAT IS A DELTA? (Version #4)
Sorority Chant -

What is a Delta?
What is a Delta?
She’s an imitator
A perpetrator
A wanna-be
Wanna-be like me
What Kappa don’t want
What an Alpha don’t need
What a Q-Psi Phi wished was a Skee Wee
-IvyProne08 ; 12/4/2007

Editor:
The "ivy" in the name "IvyProne08" is a dead giveaway that this example is chanted by a female who is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc (AKA) . "Skee Wee" is the AKA call. "Delta" is the name of another Black Greek letter sorority, while Kappa, Alpha, and Q-Psi-Phi are names of Black Greek lettered fraternities.

It should be noted that these fraternities and sororities have some members who aren't Black.

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WHAT IS A DELTA? (Version #5)
I love this one, although its pretty common (I'm sure my sorors know it already)

In 1908, you thought YOU were the best
But my 22 founders wouldn't settle for less
In 1913 they envisioned something greater
YOUR president walked out, and founded DELTA SIGMA THETA!!

What is a Delta?
What is a DELTA?

A Delta is, what a A-KA ain't
What a Zeta wanna be
What a Sigma can't
What the Alpha's like
What the Kappas love
What a QUE PSI PHI can't get enough of!

OO-OOP, OO-OOP, OO-OOP OO-OOP OO-OOP, OOOOOOO-OOOOOOOOP!!
-crimsonendvy E-Greek Chant Off. http://onolympus.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=life&action=print&thread=... , Feb 29, 2008

-snip-
Editor:
"OO-OOP, OO-OOP, OO-OOP OO-OOP OO-OOP, OOOOOOO-OOOOOOOOP!!" is the signature call for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and should only be chanted by persons who are members of that sorority..

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WHAT IS A DELTA? (Version #6)
Soloist: My sorors
Group: Yeah
Soloist: My sweet sweet sorors
Group: Yeah
Soloist: Tell me
Soloist & Group; What is a Delta
Soloist: I said
Soloist & Group: What is a Delta
A DELTA is
What an Ah-ka ain't
What a Zeta wants to be
What a Sigma can't
What an Alpha likes
What a Kappa luvs
What a QUE PSI PHI can't get enough of..
OOO-OOP!!!
- http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/drinkingsongs/mp3s/1990s/1999ca-black-greek-soundz-(CD)/delta-sigma-theta-sorority-chants-and-songs/02-what-is-a-delta.htm
re-posted on 3/21/2010 with permission from that website's editor

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WHAT IS A SIGMA
What is a Sigma, What is a Sigma?
She's an imitator, a perpetrator
A wannabe, have frat like me?
What the ALPHAs don't like, what the QUEs don't need
what a KAPsi wish EE-I-KEEd

(and I ain't 4get about u Red)*

What is a Delta, What is a Delta?
Who ain't a Delta, Who ain't a Delta?
A Delta is what you can be
Anyone can join this sorority,
just sign your name and they'll put you through
and then you can go Oo-oop too
-LejaLaMorena ; http://www.stophazing.org/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243 Frat/ Sorority Chants ; 9/29/2005

* This isn't part of the chant but was posted to call out another blogger on that site who is a Delta.
-snip-
This is a dissin [insult] chant which was posted by a woman who clearly not a member of either Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. or Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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WHAT IS A SIGMA
I say my sorors?
Yes!
My sexy sorors?
Yes!
My fine sexy Sigma Sorors?
WE SAID YES!
A Sigma is...
What a Delta ain't,
What an Acky wanna be,
What a Zeta can't;
What Iota wants,
What Alpha loves
What K-A-Psi can't get enough of!
- from http://ms_quiet.tripod.com/chants.html [retrieved on 12/8/2012
-snip-
This is a Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. chant.

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WHAT IS A ZETA
what is a Zeta
A Zeta is what a Delta ain't
what a Sigma Rho wanna be
but an AKA can't
What a Kappa love
what a Q adore
what a Phi Beta Sigma can't get a enough of
Ritz got the crackers
Campbells got the soup
Zeta got the Sigmas, Alpha's Q's and the Nupes
Ow-Ow-Ow Z -Phi-B
Ow-Ow-Ow Oh so sweet

My chapter made this up Goes with Set it off by strafe Tall Tale Zeta Phi Beta Incorporated Gamma Nu chapter Fall 1997
-Tall Tale Zeta Phi Beta Incorporated Gamma Nu chapter Fall 1997; 8/14/2007

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WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BABY
When I was a little baby and I started to cry
My momma told me stories
about the Q Psi Phi.
When I was just a young girl
with nothing to do
My daddy told me stories about the mighty Q.
- Anonymous, from Q Pearl Song Book, Edinboro University, 1991, posted by Azizi Powell

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WHO AINT A DELTA
Soloist-Who ain't a Delta?
A Delta is what you can be
All can join this sorority
Just sign your name and they'll put you through
And then you can go "Ooooh, Ooooh" too.

Yeeeeeeoooooop!
Yeeeeeeoooooop!
Yeeeooop! Yeeeooop! Yeeeooop! Yeeeooop!
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeoooooooooooop!
- http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/drinkingsongs/mp3s/1990s/1999ca-black-greek-soundz-(CD)/sigma-gamma-rho-chants-and-songs/19-who-ain-t-a-delta.htm

re-posted on 3/21/2010 with permission from that website's editor

Editor: See Version #3 of "What Is A Delta" for another version of this chant.

This is posted with a partial sound file that continually repeats unless you turn off that feature by clicking the second symbol in that sound file

This Sigma Gamma Rho chant is a putdown of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Contrast the message of this chant with this chant with the message of the Delta chant entitled "You Can Not Slide". Also, contrast this chant with the examples of "What is a Delta" that are chanted by the Deltas.

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WHO ARE WE
Who are we
My sisters and me
We are the soul steppin sorors
Of DST.
We came here
Across the sands
Over into Delta Sigma Theta land.
- from memory of step shows (Slippery Rock University step showLippePittsburgh, Pennsylvania late 1990s, early 2000s)

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WHOOSH WHOOSH
Whoosh, Whoosh
Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh to Alpha,
Go to hell with Omega Psi Phi!
Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh to Kappa,
Phi Beta Sigma’s passin’ by!
No Alpha, No Kappa, no Que Psi Phi,
I’m being faithful to Phi Beta Sigma till the day I die!
(repeat)
-Guest http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=103135; 23 Feb 10 - 11:31 AM retrieved from http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2007/02/the_second_duke.html on 2010-02-23. This is apparently from a file titled Sigma_Chants.doc

[Warning some of those examples contain explicit language and sexual references]

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WHO'S THAT KNOCKIN AT THE DOOR
Who's that knockin at the door
Well it's the Ques.
We're gonna break it on down.

[Repeat several times.]
-heard at various step shows in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1990s, (posted by Azizi Powell, 12/2008)

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WOKE UP THIS MORNIN (Version #2)
Woke up this morning and got out of bed
Went to the mirror and I shook my pretty head
I'm conceited. Yeh, and that's no lie
I'll be an Ahh-ka 'till the day I die.
We don't die
We just intense, intense, intense, intense, intensify!

Woke up this morning and got out of bed
Went to the mirror and I shook my pretty head
We're not conceited. Nah, we're just convinced
Yah, we're not arrogant.
We're awesome
We'll take your man and boss 'em.
- http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/drinkingsongs/mp3s/1990s/1999ca-black-greek-soundz-(CD)/alpha-kappa-alpha-sorority-chants-and-songs/12-woke-up-this-morning-(aka-conceited).htm ; re-posted on 3/19/2010 with permission from that website's editor

Editor: This is posted with a partial sound file that continually repeats unless you turn off that feature by clicking the second symbol in that sound file

The line "we don't die/ we just intensify" is similar to another Black Greek lettered organization's line "We don't die/we multiple". I can't recall which fraternity or sorority says this line. I think it's the Qs, but I'm not sure.

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WOKE UP THIS MORNIN (Version #1)
Woke up this mornin' and jumped out of bed
Went to the mirror and shook my pretty head
Yes, I'm conceited and that's no lie
I'll be an AKA 'till the day I die

We don't die
We just intense, intense, intense, intense, intensify!
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Epsilon Sigma chapter (Retrieved 3/7/2010)

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YO SWEET NUPE (Request for words to the chant)
does any boyd [body?] know the KAY chant that goes "yo nupe (YO) sweet nupe (YO) yo playa (YO) yo pretty baby maker (YO)" i dont know the rest
-TOBE1ASK1; 7/2/2006

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YO SWEET NUPE/ ONE AND ONE
Yo Nupe Yo Nupe!
(Yo!)
Sweet Nupe!
(Yo!)
Kool Nupe!
(Yo!)
Fly Fly Nupe. (Yo yo yo yo!)
Yo Nupe!
(Yo!)
Sweet Nupe!
(Yo!) Kool Nupe!
(Yo!)
Fly Fly Nupe.
(Yo yo yo yo!)

1 and 1 and 1 is 3
You better watch your girl
Bekause your girl is watching me
2 plus 2 and 1 is 5
We are those Pretty Nupes of the K A Psi
And if at night You hear a noise
It's just your freaky girl with them Kappa boys!
-Devastating 2euce ; 7/2/2007

Editor,
Devastating 2euce, thanks for responding to the request for the words to that chant! Since the person requesting these words asked for a chant that included the line "yo pretty baby maker", and your example doesn't include that line, I wonder if there are other versions of this chant floating around. The same words are posted as #64 on http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=99226&page=5.

That said, I wonder if these are two seperate chants that are said one right after the other.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. men are said to be known for their physical attractiveness. This is referenced in the phrase in that chant "yo pretty baby maker". And members of that fraternity call each other "Nupes". The term "Nupes" comes from the original name for that fraternity "Kappa Alpha Nu" See this website for more information about the history of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc: http://groups.msn.com/GKNupes/

For this chant from a female perspective, see "One And One Make Three" on this page..

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YOU CAN NOT SLIDE
Soloist
you can not
Soloist & group:
slide,
In my sorority,
You can not shake your little hips,
In my sorority,
You have to shed, A tear,
And have something up here,
You have to work, and pray,
And have a GPA,
You say we skate,
You say we slide,
Well you're the one with no 2.5
Your GPA means AKA,
Quiet as kept,
Come to DST when you learn how to...
STEP!
- http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/drinkingsongs/mp3s/1990s/1999ca-black-greek-soundz-(CD)/delta-sigma-theta-sorority-chants-and-songs/10-you-can-not-slide.htm
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"GPA" is "grade point average". "Sliding" and "skating" means to become a member of a sorority or fraternity without putting in any work. "Step" in this context, means more than performing step routines. It also means those experiences by which a person earns his or her membership in a Greek lettered organization. Also, "shape your little hips" is a put down as (generally speaking in African American culture) women with big hips are considered more favorably by men then women with little hips.

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YOU GOTTA DIG FOR GOLD
Lead: Yoooou
Gooot
Tooo
Dig
[Lead mimicks digging deep in dirt with a shovel and throwing dirt over his shoulder]
Group – ah ah [group says the words in parenthesis while standing watching lead]
Lead - for gooold
Group- ah ah
Lead -to pledddge
Group -ah ah
Lead -to pledge I Phi T
Group joins lead in stepping & doing digging motion while chanting:
You got to dig
(ah ha)
for gold
(ah ah)
to pledge
(ah ah)
I Phi T
[repeat several times]

I
Phi
T
I.O.T.A

I
Phi
T
I.O.T.A

I Phi T
I Phi T
I.O.T.A
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fH3_6DeuNU , Published on May 6, 2012
[chant at 1:26-2:22] ; transcription from video by Azizi Powell, 1/2/2013; corrections/additions welcome

Here's that video:

Iota Phi Theta - Alpha Chapter: Mini-Yard Show

Atiba Sonnebeyatta, Published on May 6, 2012

On a recent college tour to Morgan State University, the bruhs put on a mini show for the students. My IYA boys were invited to perform the Centaur Walk.
-snip-
One one level, the "gold" in this chant (and probably the dirt that is being dug up) refers to Iota Phi Theta's fraternity colors (brown and gold. However, it occurs to me that the "dig for gold" probably also symbolizes the determination, perserverance, and hard work needed to find the gold inside oneself through the process of becoming a member of that fraternity.
-snip-
This video includes a performance of the Iota's signature step/chant "The Centaur Walk". The basic words to that chant are found above.
It's interesting that teens from the audience were invited to perform this chant, as traditionally no one can perform a fraternity or sorority step or chant but persons affiliated with that organization.

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YOU GOT TO PLEDGE HARD
You got to pledge hard, to cross those burning sands,
You got to pay the pirce, to be an I-Phi Man.
I was walking along the streets one day, when I heard the word of an I-Phi Man -
HE SAID ..
Iota is Great!
HE SAID ...
Iota is Grand!
HE SAID ...
Everybody loves an I-Phi Man!
- http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/23438997/2029917769/name/chants_songs%5B2%5... IOTA PHI THETA FRATERNITY, INC. SONG BOOK [retrieved 1/2/2013]

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YOU SAID
U said the mother of a Delta was an AKA
at least her daughter had the since* to go the right way.
Let's not backtrack and go down into history
who runs this yard at present, you know it's DST.
Come on and admit it you know that it's true
when you see one of us, you wish that it were you
you could have never been a delta and I'll tell you why
cause 1st of all..you got to be fly
-REDalert05; http://www.stophazing.org/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243 , 9/29/2005

Editor: This is a Delta Sigma Theta diss [insult] chant that reflects the history of that sorority's founding, and its competition with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

* "since" is a typo for "sense"

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YOU SAID YOU WERE THE FIRST
You said you were the first the first
You're nothing but the first
You said we wanna be you
Who knew, cuz we wear pure white and royal blue
If yo AKA team was so supreme
what made your founders wear krimson and kreme
1- 9- 2- 0 came a little bit later
Your founders still wish that they waited to pledge Zeta
-Luv2BSeen; 4/10/2007

Editor:
This chant is an example of one Black Greek lettered sorority 'rippin' on [dissing] others. Given the words of that chant, Luv2BSeen is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. The line "You said you were the first" refers to the fact that AKA were the first Greek letter African American sorority. Alpha Kappa Alpha's colors are pink and green and another Black Greek letter sorority, Delta Sigma Theta's colors are crimson and creme. The line "If yo AKA team was so supreme what made your founders wear krimson and kreme" is meant to be a further diss on AKA because 22 women from that sorority left that organization to form Delta Sigma Theta.

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YOU WISH YOU HAD A NICKEL
U wish u had a nickel
U wish u had a dime
U wish u had an AKA
To love U all the time
U wish u had a quarter
U wish u had a dollar
U wish u had an AKA
To Make u scream and Holla
- http://orgs.tamu-commerce.edu/esig1908/chants.htm Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Epsilon Sigma chapter (Retrieved 3/7/2010)

-snip-

This same exact chant is found on Greek Chant Off, http://onolympus.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=life&action=print&thread=... posted by gorgeousngreen on Feb 29, 2008/ In that example the 'u" spelled "you".

I believe that this chant is based on an old African American secular song whose verses is found in Thomas W. Talley's 1922 Negro Folk Songs, Wise & Other Wise. Instead of "u wish you had an AKA", the line was "I wish I had a husband to love me all the time". That complete book is posted online at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/27195/27195-h/27195-h.htm

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YOUR MAMA DIDN'T TELL YOU 'BOUT A PHI A
You mean your mama didn't tell you 'bout A Phi A
She didn't tell you 'bout our smooth and sexy ways
She didn't tell you how we slide to the side so sweet?
She didn't tell you we're first among all the Black Greeks.
'Cause we're the Akpha Bros for heaven's sake.
We're the granddaddies makin no mistakes.
We're the first, the first, We're never late.
From us all others originate.
-Alpha Phi Alpha Chant in Walter M. Kimbrough's "Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities" (2003, p. 19)

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Z-E-T-A-P-H-I (Version #1)
This is a Zeta Chant:
Z-E-T-A-P-H-I Zeta Phi Beta till the day that i die, there'll be no skee no wee, no DST, I'm just a devastating lady of Z-PHI-B
-Zetaphied; 5/26/2006

Editor:
Zeta Phi Beta is a Black Greek letter sorority. I'm guessing that to be "Zetaphied" means to fully exemplify Zeta Phi Beta ideals.

The chant featured above is a representative example of sorority or fraternity chants which promote one's own group and puts down other groups. "Skee wee" refers to the signature call made by members of another Black Greek letter sorority: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.(AKA). "DST" refers to still another Black Greek letter sorority: Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. These sororities are incorporated organizations with undergraduate (university) and graduate chapters throughout the United States, and in some other nations throughout the world.

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Z-E-T-A-P-H-I (Version #2)
I'm a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Here's one of the chants that we do:
Z-E-T-A-P-H-I (spelled out), Zeta Phi Beta til the day that I die! There'll be no skee wee, no ooo oop oops, no ee-yip yips, those just won't do. Ask me why I pledged Zeta and all I can say, Zeta Phi Beta is the Only way!
-Inferno; 6/10/2006

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Z-E-T-A P-H-I (Comment #1)
The Zetas also say: Z-E-T-A P-H-I B-E-T-A spells Zeta Phi Beta. The Sigmas spell their name and repeat the same refrain. This goes along with All of our love.. And is usually sung in staggered harmony with both groups (major sista/brotha thang!!!)
-Aphrodite, Spring '84 Omicron Mu, Buffalo NY; 4/11/2006

Editor:
See the chant "All Of Our Love" on this page. Also, see the comment that Nikki ZKA ExquiZite #3 wrote that she sent in along with the example "I Didn't Want To Be No AKA" . That comment provides information about the formal sister/brother relationship between the Zetas sorority and the Sigmas fraternity.

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ZETAS AIN'T GOT NOTHIN ON ME
zetas ain't got nothin on me
they betta watch they back
cuz they don't know me
we deltas full of red and white
not the blue and white
and not sistas to the candy stripes
-keyaire; 4/24/2006

Editor:
When keyaire wrote not the blue and white, she's referring to the members of another [Black] Greek letter sorority, the Zetas (Zeta Phi Beta). When keyaire wrote "and not the sistas to the candy stripes" she is referring to yet another sorority (AKAs ??) who on some university campuses are sisters to a fraternity who is referred to in this chant as "the candy stripes". My guess is that this fraternity is the Kappas, whose colors are crimson and creme (which is given here as "red and white").

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ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM
Editor:
"Zoom Zoom Zoom" is an example of a song that is performed by more multiple Black Greek lettered organizations. To date, I've found videos and text examples of "Zoom Zoom Zoom" that are attributed to Alpha Psi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (A Phi A), and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST). I've also found an online version of this song from another BGLO (Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.), but I've not been able to find a YouTube video version of that song from that organization. It's also possible that other BGLO may have versions of this song.

The tune & certain lines of the Black Greek lettered song "Zoom Zoom Zoom" come from the hit pop song "Fever" that was recorded in 1958 by Anglo-American Peggy Lee. Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4hXyALR9vI&feature=related for a video of that song.
I'm not sure which fraternity or sorority was the first to sing or chant any composition entitled "Zoom Zoom Zoom" and I haven't been able to find any information about the dates that the examples of "Zoom Zoom Zoom" featured in this post were first performed. If you have any information about this Greek lettered song, please share it for the sake of the folkloric record. The email for this site is cocojams17@yahoo.com

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/04/black-fraternity-sorority-song-z... for a Pancocojams blog post on this song.

ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM (Example #1) [Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Inc. chant]
To all you ZPhiB's--with your I-A-Keys
See, you should have been a little bit smarter
and pledged DST
(we wouldn't have you)
Zoom Zoom Zoom...

Sigma Gamma Rho
there's something you should know
it's that Delta Sigma Theta
is the only way to go
(we are the sorors)

Zoom zoom zoom...

Alpha Kappa Alpha
you are loved by only a few
you see, Delta Sigma Theta
We got the Alphas, Kappas, Sigmas and Ques.
Zoom zoom zoom
-REDalert05; http://www.stophazing.org/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243 ; 10-04-2005

Editor: This is a Delta Sigma Theta version of "Zoom Zoom Zoom".

The line "ZPhiB's--with your I-A-Keys" I know that ZPhiB's" refers to the Black Greek letter sorority Zeta Phi Beta (also known as "the Zetas"). I think that "I-A-Keys" is a play on the Zeta call, but I'm not sure about that. Alphas, Kappas, Sigmas and Ques are names of four Black Greek letter fraternities.

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ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM (Example #2) [Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. chant]
Chorus:
Zoom Zoom Zoom
zoomah Zoom zoomah zoom zoom
Zoom zoomah zoom zoom
Zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom *

To all you ZPhiB's--with your E I-Keys
See, you should have been a little bit smarter
and pledged DST
We wouldn't have you)

Chorus
Ooh!

Sigma Gamma Rho
there's something you should know
See Delta Sigma Theta
is the only way to go
We are the sorors.

Chorus
Woo!

See Alpha Kappa Alpha
you are loved by only a few
But, Delta Sigma Theta
We got the Alphas, Kappas, Sigmas and Ques.
We are the sorors.

Chorus
Hey ey ey ey

To all you interested ladies
if you want to pledge DST
You better get your act together
Or a Delta You’ll never be
We are the sorors.

Chorus
Hey ey ey ey
- iseeFLICKS on Sep 30, 2009, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln2kFtR0dF4 ;
Sep 30, 2009

-snip-

Editor:
* I listened to the "zoom" portion of that video numerous times to try to make sure I wrote it correctly. I'm still not sure if it is right.

Here's that video:

DST Delta Zeta Chapter 2009

Uploaded by iseeFLICKS on Sep 30, 2009
The Ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Delta Zeta Chapter *& all that they do...

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ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM (Example #3) [Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, inc chant.]
Some men pledge Kappa
[Another voice]-No!
Some pledge
Q Psi Phi
[Another voice]- Arf! Arf! ArfArfArf!] *
But I pledged Alpha Phi Alpha
And I’ll be an Alpha Phi Alpha man
[do two stomps]
Until the day I die
I said
Zoom Zoom Zoom, my brothers
I love my black & gold
[Another voice- (0 6!]**
I got ah fever down in my body
Ah fever down in my soul
That Alpha fever
Zoom Zoom Zoom, my brothers
I love my black & gold
[Another voice- (0 6!]
I got ah fever down in my body
Ah fever down in my soul
Yeah, that Alpha fever.
-Sergio singing; video uploaded by Fendialphaphi ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YmHYZ8hDDg [transcribed from the video by Azizi Powell]

*The words or actions in brackets are sung in response to the lead singer's words. The sound of dogs barking is associated with members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc who are informally referred to as "Q dogs"

** 1906 was the year that Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was founded

Here's that video:

Siergio "Zoom Zoom" ("Fly" Alpha Phi Chapter)

Uploaded by Fendialphaphi on Mar 12, 2008

"Fly" Alpha Phi Chapter...NOT K APSI, OMEGA, SIGMA, IOTA...JUST ALPHA PHI ALPHA...THE OLDEST AND COLDEST...SIERGIO SINGING an alpha classic "Zoom Zoom". 42nd House...WE DONT RUN THE YARD, WE ARE THE YARD. (CAU)

Editor: "CAU" is probably Clark Atlanta University.
For the sake of documentation, I'd love to add Siergio's last name to this post. If he or anyone else who knows it would send it in, I'd appreciate it.

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ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM (Example #4) [Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, inc chant.]
Zoom Zoom Zoom! I got the fever!
Zoom Zoom Zoom! That ALPHA fever!
Fever in the mornin'! Woo!
I got the fever all night long!
And as a matter of fact,
You can't take it back!
I got the fever for that A PHI A!!!
-FrozenMenace; http://www.stophazing.org/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000... 9/39/2005

-snip-

Here's a video of Alphas singing & steppin to "Zoom Zoom Zoom":

Zoom Zoom Zoom

-uploaded by Vols21 ; January 27, 2007

APHIA doing their thing *as usual* in the step show.

Editor:
Reaction from the audience, including singing along, and doing signature fraternity or sorority calls, are an integral part of step shows. The female voices are probably members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. That sorority is tied historically to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Inc. and AKA is usually (unofficially) considered to be the sister organization of A Phi A..

-snip-

Here's a video of A Phi A chanting the song "Zoom"

Zoom Zoom(Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity)

Uploaded by KrystalMauri on Apr 3, 2010

Went on a college tour & this man KILLED it I think his name is Sergio or Monte idk but I know he killed it. Oh yeah, this was at CAU(my future college(hopefully))

Editor: The lead singer is identified as "Sergio". A video of Sergio singing this song is posted above. "CAU" is probably Clark Atlanta University.

The same example of this A Phi A chant was posted by ColdFront06 on http://www.stophazing.org/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000243 ; 09/29/2005

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ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM (Example #5) [Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, inc chant.]
Some men pledge Kappa,
[No!]*
Some pledge Que Psi Phi.
[people imitating the sound of dogs barking which is the signature call of Ques]*
But I , I pledged Alpha Phi Alpha
And I'll be an Alphaman until the
[two stomps on beat]*
day I die!

Chorus:

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, my brothers I love my Black and o Gold!**
[06!]
I got the fever all in my body,
Chills down my spine
got me too damn cold
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, my brothers I love my Black and o Gold! **
[06!]
I got the fever all in my body,
Chills down my spine
got me too damn cold
[repeat chorus a number of times]
- Uploaded by GorIIIaBLACK1906 on Dec 1, 2011 , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ww4WdCqaIg

* Other members of the fraternity say this or do this action

** I’m not sure whether the phrase “black and o gold is correct. Black and gold are the signature colors for A Phi A, and the "o" may be another referent for "06", the year that fraternity was founded.

Please send corrections & other comments to cocojams17@yahoo.com

Here's that video:

Delta Theta "Zoom, Zoom, Zoom"

Uploaded by GorIIIaBLACK1906 on Dec 1, 2011

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated
Delta Theta Chapter (Texas Southern University)
5/2/11

Edfitor:
The name "GorillaBLACK" is a nod to the "gorilla", which is A PHI A's mascot animal.

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ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM (Example # 6) [Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. chant]
Writing letters for the big brothers,
having sessions down at the house.
Getting signatures in our red books,
trying to make us meek as a mouse.
Hold it steady right there while I hit it,
cuz I reckon that I ought to get it
cuz I'm pledging,
I'm pledging Kappa,
and I still got a long way to go...
zoooooom zoooooom zoom,
zoom zoom zoom, zoooooom zoooooom
zoom, zoom zoom zoom,
zoooooom zoooooom
zoom, zoom zoom zoom
- TazmaniaK;
http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=99226&page=3 Kappa/ Stroller Chants ; 3/1/2009

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Please help preserve these cultural artifacts! Send in examples of chants and any corrections or additions to the words of chants already posted to cocojams17@yahoo.com

Your email address will never be shared or posted.

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SITE VISITORS' COMMENTS ABOUT THE SONG- "ALL OF MY LOVE"

Editor:
I've received a number of comments about the chant "All Of My Love".

All Of My Love, Peace, & Happiness (Comment #1)
I am a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority inc. I crossed on May 20, 1984. At that time all of the Black Frats and Sororities of the time had similar chants, but of course there were those that were unique to a particular group.

All of our love, peace and harmony, I'm gonna' give to________(you fill in the blank). It could be Zeta, Sigma, Alpha, Delta, Omega, or Kappa. The groups that usually used this chant were the Sigmas and Zetas.
-Aphrodite, Spring '84 Omicron Mu, Buffalo NY; 4/11/2006

Editor:
I've heard members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc chant "All of our love, peace, and happiness, I'm gonna give to Omega" . And, as Aphrodite mentioned, this was done in staggered harmony-meaning one group of brothers "sung" this chant and did a particular step and then kept on chanting and doing that step, while another sub-group of the step team started another chant and a different movement, and then third group and last group sung another chant and did another movement. All these sub-groups of that fraternity step team were on the "stage" or the college gym floor at the same time. The three divisions of the step team are in triangle formation, and the step master stands in front of each and starts them off by singing the chant and demonstrating the specific step that sub-group was to do. Each member of that sub-group did that step basically the same way, but some might do it a little more forcefully than others. This gets the audience real hyped. In my opinion, it's usually one of the highlights of a step show.

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All Of My Love, Peace, & Happiness (Comment #2)
the chant.... "All of my Love Peace and Happiness I'm going to give it to my Alpha" was written by Alphas All of my Love Peace and Happiness I'm gonna give it to my Alpha
-Tre; 7/27/2006

Editor:
Thanks for your comment Tre. I'm assuming by "Alphas" you mean "Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc." See the comment written by BigBrotherPrincipal Player on 1/29/2005 that uses the same line as that chant. Also see the comment from Aphrodite, Spring '84 Omicron Mu, Buffalo NY; 4/11/2006 and my comment about other groups who have used the line line "All of my love, peace, and happiness I'm gonna give to Omega." Is there any documentation to prove which group was the first to use this chant?

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All Of My Love, Peace, & Happiness (Comment #3)
A L P H A All MY Love my Peace and Happiness in going to give it to Alpha Just a miscellaneous of words. How can another organization try to claim a song that spells out another fraternity.. thats my 06 cent..
-Encore06; 7/29/2006

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All Of My Love, Peace, & Happiness (Comment #4)
This is to addressed to all those who are confused about the chant: "All of my Love, my Peace & Happiness, I will give to Alpha" It is originally an Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated chant...When you look at the main words, All, Love, Peace, Happiness and
Alpha, it spells A-L-P-H-A...So for all you other greeks that claim this is your chant it's not!!! The first and the finest were the originators!!! 06-08 Oh Yeah!!
-OPaka1908; 6/12/2007

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All Of My Love (Comment # 5)
All of my love, my peace and happiness I'm gonna give to A PHI !!

(repeated as a group while death marching)

Death marching is simply the march that the pledges embark on as a group, which usually precedes the walking of the "burning sands". If I'm not mistaken, I believe that every frat or sorority does theirs differently. If you want to see an example just visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zixWpBz3HYo Alpha Phi Alpha of FSU, death march to probate 4/10/08 the Epsilon Theta Chapter of A PHI A death marching. It starts off showing onlookers in the bleachers then they start marching at about 3:05.
-Lance H. III; 11/2/2009

COMMENTS ABOUT OTHER GREEK LETTERED CHANTS
[Posted in chronological order with the newest comments posted first.]

Ice Ice Baby
My name is Daniel Williams and I am a Spring 87 initiate of the historical Gamma Chapter (Virginia Union University) of Alpha Phi Alpha. During my junior year at Union; the student body recieved tickets to view School Daze (1988) by Spike Lee. This film exposed the nation to college life at a Historically Black College and University. The film also highlighted the brothers of the Alpho Rho chapter at Morehouse College performing the Step and Chant "Ice Ice Baby". Vanilla Ice viewed this film and capitalized on the chant which is not protected or copyrighted. I also saw him on a live T.V. interview shortly after the song dropped; admit that he got the chant from School Daze. Give me a holla if you have any further questions.
-Daniel Williams, December 4, 2012

Editor:
Thanks for sharing that information. It confirms what I had previously read about the source of the "Ice Ice Baby" Hip Hop song that was recorded by Vanilla Ice.

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Question about changing chants
Are you allowed to replace the greek name with another name in the chants like putting it in your own,words
Apollo A, 2/26/ 2012

Editor:
I think that most Greek lettered organizations would frown upon another organization using "their" chant. For instance, look at the comments on Cocojams' fraternity/sorority page about the chant "All Of My Love (Peace & Happiness). There are differing opinions as to which organization originated that chant (who it "belongs to"), and members of various organizations believe that their organization is the rightful "owner" of that chant. And there are other examples of chants that are done by more than one organiation.

While there may not be any clear-cut owner of fraternity/sorority chants (in the copyright sense of that word "owner"), I think it's not a good idea to purposely take a chant and substitute the name of your organization.

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Correction from an Omega Man
Omega men do not step we hop. Never refer to what we do as stepping. Pay attention to our shows there is a difference. Our knees are high our kicks are crisp. We HOP not step.
-Bizmar Que ;4/27/2009

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Little Brother Organizations
Actually, at least some sororities did have auxiliary "Little Brother" organizations several decades ago, as recently as the late eighties and perhaps into the early nineties. The present-day MiAKAs, or "Men Interested in AKA" is now an unofficial organization consisting of homosexual men who emulate the colors, symbols and posturing of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. However, in earlier years, MiAKA was an organization primarily for the boyfriends of members of the sorority and men interested in pledging Alpha Phi Alpha. Rather than emulating the sorority, they assisted the sorority with programs, served as "big brother" figures and helpers for the sorority's pledges, and supported the organization in various ways. It was seen as a stepping stone process to later becoming a member of Alpha Phi Alpha.
-Anonymous; 9/24/2008

Editor:
I pledged Alpha Kappa Alph, Inc. in 1967, and have been inactive for decades. I can not confirm what the anonymous poster had written about MiAKA now or in the past. If anyone else can provide more information about this group and/or other "Little Brother" organizations that are associated with African American {or other} sororities-preferable with online links or other documentation, I'll review that information, and hopefully, will share it with other Cocojams readers.

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A Comment About Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. Ties With Other Organizations
I just wanted to klear something up. Yes, nupes have unofficial ties with other organizations. There are the Diamonds and pearles (or pretty boys and pretty girls) with the AKAs, there is Krimson and Kreme love with the Deltas, and, of course, there is Indiana Love. None of these ties, however, are official. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. is very adamant about *not* having a sister organization. So...please don't let the uninformed mislead you. Thanks ~ Tre Klub, Yo Yo!
-Kornelius ; 6/1/2008

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A Shout Out From An Old School Nupe
I love this I am old school but still a Nupe till the day I die Alpha Sigma chapter Southern University Yo Yo 1970!!!! Casper is my line name.
-Marshall H.; 4/17/2008

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A Comment About The Iota Sweethearts
Just wanted to make a general comment in reference to the "little sister" groups associated with various Fraternities. The Iota Sweethearts are an official and recognized group by the brothers of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. For more info please visit: http://www.iotaphitheta.org/sweethearts.html Thanks!!! Rebecca Reppin: Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. The FIRST MULTICULTURAL sorority in the nation. www.musigmaupsilon.org
-rebecca ; 6/28/2007

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Explanation about One Of The Zeta Chants
hey yo just wanted to explain one of the zeta chants, they mention the akas and how nobody wants to be like them...sumthin like yeh...pink and green how come your founders where crimson and cream? thats because the deltas founding 22 broke off of the aka's in 1912 (ideas to do so started then) and then established themselves in 1913 because they wanted to change some things about the sorority that they felt they could not do without establishing a different one. also nupes always refers to kappas i want to know more about this q pearl stuff. because pearls are AKA stuff, but I mean Deltas and Ques are who go wayy back, i've definitely noticed some AKA/Que stuff too though, so I wasn't sure if the AKA's are the Q Pearls?? thanks
-gracie

Editor:
"Q Pearls" is a little sister group to the Ques ("Qs"; Omega Psi Phi, Inc.). Another name for "Q Pearls" are "Q Essences". Q Pearls are not affiliated in any way with Alpha Kappa Alpha. Inc.

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Kappas & Their Sister Groups
I noticed that you didn't have a sorority listed that would match up with the Kappas so allow me to share some insight with you. There is actually a bond between Kappas and SGRhos called "Indiana Love". The meaning behind this is somewhat due to the fact that both organizations were founded in Indiana, but it extends beyond that. Unfortunately that information is only known to members of Kappas and SGRhos so I will be unable to share that. But on another note, Kappas have a connection with AKA ("diamonds and pearls" & "pretty boys and girls") and DST (Crimson and Cream Konnektion). I hope this info can be helpful.
-Kod8aK ; 1/2/2007

Editor:
Thanks, Kod8aK. I edited my listing of brother & sister connections between Black Greek letter fraternities & sororities since it appeared from comments that I received that I was sharing incorrect information. I'm willing to be schooled about this topic!

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Information About Kappa Kappa Psi
I was just surfing through and found this website. I see you mentioned you never heard of Kappa Kappa Psi. Well I bet you have but don't realize it. Its a Fraternity established in 1919 as Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, INC. It's sister Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, INC. Kappa Kappa Psi was in the movie "Drumline". Also Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma are popular throughout the South in Historically Black Colleges and Universities Marching Bands as well as other musical ensembles.
-DJ ; 9/6/2006

Editor:
Sorry, DJ. I guess I'm culturally deprived. I did see the 2002 movie Drumline. And I really loved the drum corp scenes alot. But, I still must confess that I never heard of Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity or Tau Beta Sigma sorority.

To partially remedy my cultural unawareness, I googled the names of those fraternity & the sorority. Here's their national website: http://www.kkytbs.org/. And here's the first sentence on the home page of that website: "Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma are honorary service organizations whose sole purpose is to serve the college or university band programs through service projects, fundraisers, social events and other projects as needed".
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Thanks, DJ for sending in more information about this important fraternity & sorority.

And for any readers who may be interested, click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0303933/ for reviews of & photos from Drumline.

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Information on Iota Phi Theta Fraternity
I noticed one of my brothers posted one of our chants on your site and you guys did not recognize the organization because he only mentioned the first part of our name, Iota. Our entire name is Iota Phi Theta fraternity incorporated and we are the latest and greatest fraternity within the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
-Christopher S.; 9/12/2006

Editor:
Thanks, Christopher! I thought that the chant that Jamere posted was from Iota Phi Theta, but I couldn't be sure. I invite readers to check out the website for this fraternity which was founded in 1963: http://www.iotaphitheta.org/.

I believe that fraternity & sorority chants are important expressions of folk culture. In order to help preserve & celebrate these chants, please send Cocojams some examples from your fraternity.

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Speaking up for Deltas
Speaking up for Delta, we do know our colors are Crimson and Creame sweetie!! Who should know better than us?
-Rockin Robin; 8/30/2006

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Request For More Omega Psi Phi Chants
I would love it if someone would post up a lot more of the OMEGA PSI PHI chants and songs! I wanna pledge OMEGA but i want 2 have a lot of knowledge before I get on line!!
-dave b.; 6/3/2006

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Identifying Step Instructors
I am really interested in getting my daughter involved in Street stomping or Foot street stomping. We live in the Washington, DC area, and would like additional information about how to get involved and perhaps bring step to her school some day. I hope to hear from someone soon to point me in the right direction. Thanks!
-margaret c. (Washington, D.C. area), 6/2/2006

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Request For Kappa Alpha Psi Chants
where are the kappa alpha psi chants!!!!!!!!!!
-terrance; 5/24/2006

Editor:
terrance, you know that African proverb that you've probably tired of hearing people quote (though no one ever says where in Africa it's from): "It takes a village to raise a child"? Well, it takes folks from communities all around the world to help add to the material featured on Cocojams.

I know there's some people out there reading Cocojams who are either fraternity or sorority members or know members or know some of these fraternity or sorority chants just because they've heard them or read them somewhere. While I can post some examples of chants that I've heard or read, I'm counting on Cocojams readers to post examples that they know.

For those who are members of Greek organizations, promote your organization while you help celebrate and preserve a seldom documented part of African American heritage (and/or other heritages). Share some chants that you know with other people! Thanks!

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For those persons interested in information about Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc, I just found this website: http://www.gmnupes.com/gpage4.html . This website contains a lot of historical information about Kappas stepping traditions with canes.

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I Luv Fraternities...
i luv fraternities,college parties, also step shows.my favorite are the kappas.i consider myself a lil bro to the kappas.so keep doin yo thingkappas always stay fly.
-lavandes l. ; 4/26/2006

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Learn Our Colors
Hi to the Delta that said the Zetas Ain't got nothing on yall. Learn your colors is not Red and White but its Crimson and Cream and Our colors are not Blue and White but Royal Blue & that lovely Pure White Sweetie
-Royal Pheonix; 4/26/2006

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Starting A Children's Step Team
I really like the street cheers and i want to see more. I'm starting kind of a step team in what u would call an all white school with just a little bit of black kids. I think it would be really cool if we could get some ideas and some really cool black chants it make things really cool. i reaaly do hope to hear from you. thank you so much appreciate it. holla!
-Atuka, 11/11/05

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Request For Chapter of AKA
To whom it may concern; My name is Priscilla and I am currently a student at a Massachusetts University. I was writing this comment to ask if there is a way that the A.K.A.s could come to my school to establish this sorority group here. All my friends and I are very fond of this particular sorority also my school is in serious need of a black greek life where we can all have the brotherly and sisterly love and bond. Thank you very much
-Priscilla 2/17/05

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Reply To Request For AKA Chapter
One way would be investigate whether you can get a chapter your college/university is to write to or call the graduate chapter in your area and request a chapter be chartered at your school. If you go to the national website, it may give you some direction on who to contact. There should be a number to call nationals and a map locator to find a nearby graduate chapter. www.aka1908.com
-A soror; 3/7/05

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OVERVIEW OF BLACK FRATERNITY AND SORORITY SONGS AND CHANTS
(c) Azizi Powell, 8/13/2012

University based Black Greek lettered fraternity & sorority songs and chants are compositions that are sung or chanted by persons associated with a fraternity or sorority. Traditionally, fraternity or sorority songs/chants aren't suppose to be sung, chanted, or otherwise performed by persons who are not formally affiliated with that specific organization. I believe that this tradition should be respected and adhered to.

I consider fraternity and sorority songs and chants to be part of the general category of folk songs. Like other folk songs, most fraternity and sorority songs and chants have no known composer. Also like other folk songs, there are often mutiple textual versions of the same song or chant within the same time period, within different time periods, or within different geographical locations. In the case of fraternity and sorority songs and chants, there usually are different versions of the same songs within different chapters of the same Greek organization.

I strongly believe that examples of fraternity and sorority songs and chants should be collected, preserved, studied, and shared with others as cultural artifacts. However, the secretive nature of membership organizations makes it difficult to collect & study these artifacts. Consequently, some examples of these chants have already been lost, and more examples will be lost unless more persons associated and non-associated with those organizations* recognize the value of collecting, documenting, and studying these compositions and their performance styles.

* For the record, I am an inactive member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc (Gamma Zeta chaper, 1966.

Collecting Examples Of Fraternity And Sorority Songs And Chants:
Many Black Greek lettered fraternity or sorority songs and chants are performed as part of those membership organizations' pledge process. The secrecy that has traditionally been attached to that pledge process and the secrecy attached to other aspects of fraternity and sorority culture, as well as the prohibition toward non-members performing any sorority or fraternity songs and chants mpedes the folkloric collection of examples of those compositions. Another impediment to the collection of fraternity and sorority songs and chants is the desire of national administrators of Black Greek lettered organizations to promote images of those organizations which de-emphasize the pledge process ["pledging"; "being on line"] as part of their, in my opinion, very worthy goal of reducing or eliminating fraternity or sorority hazing. However, the fact that many examples of these songs and chants are performed during public events, are included in books such as Elizabeth Fine's Soul stepping: African American Step Shows, and shown on television, have been included on commercially sold Cds and videos, and are featured in videos of certain recorded R&B/Hip Hop songs, and are posted on public video sharing websites such as YouTube means that the secrecy associated with these compositions has been significantly breached. In addition to those sources, website pages such as cocojams.com provide a means of showcasing, studying, and preserving the cultural artifacts of fraternity and sorority song and chants.

Definitions, Performance Activities & Performance Locations:
Steppin
Steppin (stepping) is a syncopated, choreographed performance form which emphasizes the creation of bass sounding foot stomps that alternate with individual hand clapping and less frequently, body patting. Usually steppin is a highly competitive perfomance activity. Fraternities compete with fraternities, and sororities with sororities. Step routines include chants/songs, as well as vocal calls and hand gestures which are signatures of that particular group, Step performers may also make facial expressions such as "grittin" and may perform certain other synchronized body movements such as "the ripple or wave movement". Dependant on the particular organization, steppers sometimes use props such as small wooden canes which they twirl and exchange with other members of their step team. In the early 21st century, gymanstic lifts have also been included in step routines. The clothing and shoes that steppers wear are part of the total steppin performances. Males usually wear boots and it's not unusual for females to step [or do party walks] in high heel shoes.

Steppin originated among African American university based Greek lettered fraternities & sororities as early as the mid 1920s. However, steppin doesn't appear to have been widely done even among African American fraternities & sororities until the 1980s. That said, when I pledged a sorority [Alpha Kappa Alpha] in 1996, I recall my line sisters and I wearing the same color and style outfit and performing the chant "Hiro Hiri" [posted above] in a vertical and then horizontal line in front of an audience. Perhaps that was steppin, but I don't believe we called it that.

Since the 1990s steppin has expanded beyond Black Greek lettered organizations to other fraternal organizations. Many but not all of these step teams are ethnically/racially based (for instance, there are competitive Latin-American step teams, Asian step teams, and there are some predominately White step teams.) It should also be noted that a number of Black Greek letter fraternities and sororities include non-Black people in their groups and in the step teams which are a sub-set of their groups. This may also be the case with these newer ethnic/racially based organizations.

In addition to newly formed university step teams, since the 1990s competitive and non-competitive step teams have been formed in American public elementary, middle, and high schools and in community organizations and churches. It's not unusual for the step masters of non-university step teams to be members of a Black Greek letter fraternity or sorority. Consequently, these members have taught modified versions of step routines and step chants to those non-university step teams. Even the United States army has a performing step team! It also should be mentioned that there are non-Black members in Black [African American] Greek lettered fraternities & sororities. .

Some people say that the true origin of steppin is the South African Zulu boot dance, and they may be some truth to that. University based military drill teams are probably also a source for early step team moves. In addition, some of the body stances used by step teams -such as leaning forward with knees bent instead of standing erect- is traditional to many forms of traditional West African dancing.

Chanting used to be an integral part of steppin'. However, it appears that far less chanting is occurring in step shows nowadays. Instead, steppin is often also done to popular comtemporary and (less frequently "old school") Hip-Hop or R&B recordings.

Click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stepping_(African-American) for information about the inclusion of Black Greek lettered steppin in various American television shows and movies.

Strolls (Party Walks)
"Strolls" (also know as "party walks" is a performance movement art which is also associated with Black Greek letter fraternities and sororities, as well as with other fraternities and sororities, and other step organizations that modeled after BGLO.

"Strolls" are strutting, rhythmical single file promanades or single file circular walks that are usually done at the conclusion of a formal steppin performance. Strolls are also done-often at the spur of the moment- durlng certain informal social gatherings and parties (hence the name "party walk").

It seems to me that "strollin" is much newer fraternity and sorority movement activity than steppin. I didn't become aware of that activity until the late 1990s, but it may have been performed or popularized before then

Chanting may be a part of party walks but party walks are usually performed to Hip Hop or R&B music. There are particular recordings that are associated with one organization and not others. For example, because they are called "dogs", the song "Atomic Dogs" by George Clinton is only associated with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. When they do party walks, group members make their signature hand sign and often also sound their signature call. oom for individual interpretation while performing these moves than there is during step performances.

Audience Decorum
The audience's decorum during competitive or non-competitive fraternity or sorority stepping or strolling is usually very interactive. Audiences usually cheer loudly, encouraging the performers in general, and calling out the names of specific performers. Members of the organization who is performing (as well as their little sister organization) also boisterously perform their signature vocal call and hand gesture. If that organization has a little sister group, those members will also perform their signature vocal call and gesture. That call & hand gesture is usually similar to those of their big brother organization. It is also not unusal for members of step show audiences to stand in the aisles and do the step along with those on stage. Also, during an organization's step or stroll performance, members of rival organizations will perform their vocal call and hand gesture.

Categories Of Black Fraternity And Sorority Songs & Chants:
I classify Black Fraternity And Sorority Songs And Chants in the following three categories [Note that category #1 and category #2 often overlap]
1. Pledge songs and chants
Fraternity and sorority pledge songs and chants include references to the pledge experience. These songs and chants serve to motivate those pledging to complete that process by favorably describing that process and those who complete it. These songs and chants are performed by those persons who are still part of a formal process to become members of a specific fraternity or sorority or by members of that origanization who are reminiscing about their pledging experience. "Being on line", "crossing over", and "crossing the burning sands" are other referents for the pledge process.

2. Praise and/or Insult Songs And Chants
These compositions are sung by pledges and/or members of the organization as a means of expressing their love, loyalty to and devotion for their organization, and/or as a means of insulting (dissin'] rival organizations. Unlike the songs and chants in category #1, all fraternity or sorority praise songs and chants don't contain any reference to the pledge process.

Fraternity or sorority praise and/or insult songs and chants may include references to the organization's history, including its date of formation, and the founder's names. These praise and/or insult songs and chants also usually include references to the organization's or rival organization's two official colors, symbol, and vocal calls,

It's important to note that in contrast to Blues songs, Calypso songs, Hip-Hop songs or other songs in the Black Diaspora traditions of bragging and insult , the focus in fraternity and sorority songs and chants is on the group, and not the individual. Thus the specific fraternity or sorority and its brother or sister groups are praised, not specific members of that organization beyond its founders. Also, rival organizations are dissed by name, not specfic members of those rival organizations.

3. Sweetheart songs
"Sweetheart songs" are fraternity songs that are sung to serenade generalized "sweethearts" of that organization. These songs are much less publicly known and I admit to knowing very little about these songs. I also admit to being much more interested in the other two categories of Black Greek lettered organizations songs and chants.

It's my sense that most Black Greek lettered sweetheart songs are far older than the other two above named categories of Black fraternity and sorority songs and chants. From the examples that I've read of these Black Greek lettered sweetheart songs, it's also my sense that not only the tradition but also many of the words for these songs were lifted from Anglo- American Greek lettered fraternities. Also in my opinion, Black Greek letterd fraternity sweetheart songs are far less popular than the other categories of Black Greek lettered fraternity and sorority songs and chants. One reason for this is probably that - unline the compositions in the other two categories - Black Greek lettered "sweetheart songs" appear to be sung while standing [usually in a circle] and without performing any step or stroll movements.

Textual Structure:
Most Black Greek lettered fraternity or sorority songs and chants are performed in unison. However, a standard call & response structural pattern is used for certain fraternity and sorority songs.

The Textual Content Of Fraternity And Sorority Songs & Chants
More than one fraternity or sorority may claim ownership of the same song/chant or of very similar song/chants with the same title. Sometimes these compositions have the same tune, and sometimes a different tune is used for as song or chant with the same title. Often the only differences between those compositions are the name of the Greek organization, references to the history of that specific organization, and references to the colors, calls, and other symbolism that are associated with those organizations.

Some fraternity or sorority (and little sister group) chants provide information about the history of the organization. Other fraternity or sorority songs and chants provide information about the pledge process [the process of becoming full members of that organization] and the performers' attitude about that pledge process. In addition, fraternity or sorority songs and chants may also reveal information about the performers' self- image, and the public images and stereotypes about their organization and other fraternity or sorority organizations.

Tunes Sources:
Some of the tunes & the words to Black Greek lettered fraternity or sorority songs and chants have their source in African American spirituals, or African American Rhythm and Blues songs, or African American originated military cadences. Other BLGO songs and chants have their source in American pop songs, and other sources, including Mother Goose rhymes and playground rhymes. Also, I believe that certain pre-1970s Black Greek lettered fraternity or sorority songs have their source in Anglo-American fraternity and sorority songs.

Clarification About The Terms:
For clarification, "soror" is the term used for a person who is a member of your sorority. It comes from the Latin word meaning "sister" and is the beginning of the word "sorority". "Fraternity" comes from the Latin word "frater" meaning "brother". The comparable colloquial term used in informal American conversation} for a male who is a member of a fraternity is "frat brother". I've never heard or seen or heard "frat" used by itself like the term "soror" is used. However, "frat" is used as a noun to refer to a person's fraternity (for instance "Which frats are in the step show tonight?"). "Frat" is also used as an adjective. For example, a "frat house" is a house on or off campus which is reserved as the residence of members of a specific fraternity. However, I don't think that there is a comparable term for a a residence for sorors. For example, I've never heard of a "soror house".

Comparisions Between Black Fraternity & Sorority Chants/Songs And White Fraternities And Sorority Chants & Songs
In my opinion, Black Greek letter fraternity & sorority steppin/chanting) differ substantially from the structure, "spirit", lyrics, intent, and performance activities of White fraternity and sorority praise songs and drinking songs. It also seems to me that audience responses to the performances of these types of fraternity & sorority chants are also very different from the audience responses to White fraternity drinking songs and praise songs.

My personal recollection of White college fraternity "sings" at a small college in Northern New Jersey in the mid to late 1960s is that the fraternity songs were non-percussive. The songs were more on the order of ballads than chants. The fraternity members formed a circle in the college "quad" ("quadrangle"-a cleared grassy area in the center of the college's buildings; probably comparable to the "village square"). The White fraternity members neither clapped their hands nor stomped their feet as accompaniment of their songs. As I recall it, these men stood stiffly while singing their songs. Their who so-ever- will-come audience of students, faculty, and staff also stood stiffly and silently while this "concert" was occurring. Members of the audience didn't cheer, or otherwise show their pleasure or displeasure with the songs or the group's performance. This type of singing and audience response is entirely opposite from what happens at performances of Black Greek letter fraternity & sorority chants and other steppin events that are patterned after African American steppin & chanting traditions.

For a general history of fraternities & sororities, click this link:
http://www.greeks.appstate.edu/index.php?module=pagemaster&PAGE_user_op=...

Here's one quote from that article:
"Fraternities and sororities were established to further the social, scholastic and professional interests of its members. They are mainly associated with colleges and universities. Most fraternities and sororities adopt Greek letters to represent their organization, and as a result they are often referred to as Greek letter societies, or simply Greek organizations."

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I prefer the term "Greek lettered" organization to refer to those fraternities and sororities whose names are formed by Greek letters.

Although the first organizations to call themselves "fraternities" started on colleges & university campuses in the mid 19th century, 'secret' religious and/or social organizations were found in most ancient societies in Africa, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere.

More information about the history, sources, and purposes of these chants are found in my editorial comments below selected examples.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BLACK GREEK LETTERED FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES
A number of folks have written asking where they could find information about [predominately] African American fraternities and sororities. Many of these requests have been for the names of universities that have chapters of a specific sorority or fraternity.

Perhaps the best way of finding out that information is by contacting The National Pan-Hellenic Council. Here is a description of that organization from their website http://www.nphchq.org/home.htm :

"The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC) is currently composed of nine (9) International Greek letter Sororities and Fraternities: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. NPHC promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions."
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Also see this website on the National Pan-Hellenic Council- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Pan-Hellenic_Council

In addition, people interested in a specific organization can search online for its website by using the organization's name as the key words. If anyone has other suggestions as to how folks should contact these organizations or members of those organizations, or for corrected information about these listings, please use the Cocojams contact feature. Thanks!

Notice:
I'm sorry. Cocojams is unable to help its readers start any step teams. Cocojams is also unable to help its readers identify any instructors for step teams.

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IF YOU ARE NOT A MEMBER OF A BLACK GREEK LETTERED ORGANIZATION

1. Do not do their steps, calls, or hand signs
2. Do not sing their chants
3, Do not tell other people you want to be a member of that organization. That information should be confidential
4. If you are asked by a member why you want to join that organization, even though you really like their steps and strolls, don't give this as a reason for wanting to join. Instead, your reasons for wanting to be a member of that organization should truly be that you are aware of the history of that organization, you agree with its mission, and you want to add your energy to theirs in helping to uplift your community.

A list of the names of the Divine 9 Black fraternities and sororities is provided on this page. In addition, every Greek letter organization (including Black Greek Letter Organizations) has a website. Visit those websites so that you will know something about these organizations.

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TO JOIN OR NOT TO JOIN AN AUXILIARY ORGANIZATION

Auxiliary groups (also known as "Sweetheart" and fraternity "little sister" groups) are informally affiliated with specific fraternities or (since at least the early 2000s) with certain sororities). It appears to me that these groups, and especially fraternity sweetheart groups may be accepted more readily at non-historically Black colleges and universities. However, it's important to note that with the exception of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., all other D9 fraternities and sororities (Black Greek Letter Organizations) auxiliary groups are considered to be illegal.

Auxiiary groups aren't recognized as "real" Greek letter organizations since their member receive only one Greek letter and not two. As such, they are usually not permitted to "step" in campus or community step shows

Some sorors of D9 (Divine Nine Black Greek letter organizations) pledged little sister groups (especially prior to 1990s). However, it appears that many sorors very strongly recommend that women not consider Sweetheart (little sister) groups as a stepping stone to membership in a BGLO. Indeed, joining an auxiliary organization is often considered a strike against a person who wants to be a member of most Black Greek letter organizations.

That said, some women who are members of a Black Greek letter sorority speak positively about their decision to join an auxiliary group prior to joining a sorority. And some members of auxiliary groups relate that their experiences in those auxilary groups were positive, but for various reasons, they decided not to join a sorority. Everyone has to make their own decisions in life.

Although I'm aware that auxiliary groups aren't fraternal organizations, I'm still interested in preserving information about and chants from auxiliary groups.

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