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LENTEN FESTIVAL

THE POLISH LENT BEGINS WITH PACZKI DAY, WHICH IS THE TUESDAY BEFORE
ASH WEDNESDAY. EITHER MEMBERS OF A FAMILY OR A GROUP OF FRIENDS
MEET AND EAT HOT JELLY DONUTS. THE DONUTS
ARE SWEET AND EATEN WITH GREAT RELISH. FOR THE COMING
6 ( SIX ) WEEKS OF THE LENTEN SEASON THE POLES THUS BID FAREWELL
TO SWEETNESS AND PREPARE TO UNDERTAKE SACRIFICES.
FOR THE SUFFERING OF CHRIST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; UNION

Keyword(s): FEASTING BEFORE FASTING

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
663 Ash Wednesday

Date learned: 11-26-1970

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OH SIGMA PI (TUNE: DANNY BOY)

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

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

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

Keyword(s): FRATERNITY SONG

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

Date learned: 03-22-1968

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IF A PITCHER PASSES A HORSEDRAWN CART WITH THREE
EMPTY BARRELS ON THE WAY TO THE GAME HE'LL PITCH
A SHUTOUT.

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

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

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IF YOU HAVE AN ITCHY NOSE YOU'RE
GOING TO KISS A FOOL.

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

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10181967 ASSUMED

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CURSE OF DONERAILE

ALAS HOW DISMAL IS MY TALE;
I LOST MY WATCH IN DONERAILE.
MY DUBLIN WATCH, MY CHAIN AND SEAL
PILFERED AT ONCE IN DONERAILE.
MAY FIRE AND BRIMSTONE NEVER FAIL
TO FALL IN SHOWERS IN DONERAILE.
THE FATE OF POMPEY AT PHORSALE
BE THAT CURSE OF DONERAILE.
MAY EGYPT'S PLAGUE AT ONCE PREVAIL
TO THIN THE KNAVES OF DONERAILE.
MAY EVERY POST, GAZETTE, AND MAIL
SAD TIDINGS BRING OF DONERAILE.
MAY FROST AND SNOW AND SLEET AND HAIL
BENUMB EACH JOINT IN DONERAILE.
MAY WOLVES AND BLOODHOUNDS TRACE AND TRAIL
THE CURSED CREW OF DONERAILE.
MAY EVERY MISCHIEF FRESH AND STALE
ABIDE HENCEFORTH IN DONERAILE
MAY NEITHER FLOUR NOR OATENMEAL
BE FOUND OR KNOWN IN DONERAILE.
MAY CURSES WHOLESALE AND RETAIL
POUR WITH FULL FORCE ON DONERAILE.
MAY EVERY TRANSPORT WONT TO SAIL
A CONVICT BRING FROM DONERAILE.
MAY COLD AND HUNGER STILL CONGEAL
THE STAGNANT BLOOD OF DONERAILE.
MAY CHARON'S BOAT TRIUMPHANT SAIL
COMPLETELY MANNED FROM DONERAILE.
AND MAY GRIM PLUTO'S INNER JAIL
FOREVER GROAN WITH DONERAIL.

Submitter comment:

IT IS A GREAT CURSING BALLAD; WRITTEN IN THE YEAR 1808, IT IS AS
POPULAR TODAY AS IT WAS THEN. IN DONERAILE AT THE TIME, LIVED
A GALWAY SCHOOLMASTER, PAT O'KELLY, WHO FANCIED HIMSELF A BIT OF
A POET. ONE DAY HE LOST HIS WATCH IN THE LOVELY NORTH CORK
VILLAGE AND WAS NEVER RETURNED. HE IMMEDIATELY SAT DOWN AND WROTE
THIS BALLAD. FAR TOO LONG TO GIVE IN FULL, HERE ARE A FEW COUPLETS.

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

Keyword(s): CURSE ; IRELAND ; OVERREACTION

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hate
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 11-26-1972

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LUCK (COLLECTORS TITLE) ; BAD LUCK: FRIDAY 13TH (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

FRIDAY THE 13TH IS AN UNLUCKY DAY.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.45

Date learned: 11-25-1969

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CUSTOM

IN JAPAN, THE PEOPLE EXCHANGE NEW YEAR'S
CARDS WITH FRIENDS AND RELATIVES.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; UNION

Keyword(s): GIFTGIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 11-25-1969

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CHRISTMAS GIFTS

ON CHRISTMAS, THE ADULTS DO NOT EXCHANGE GIFTS: ONLY THE
CHILDREN RECEIVE GIFTS.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas

Date learned: 10-24-1968

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HAUNTED HOUSE

IN SANTA DOMINGO THERE IS A HOUSE IN WHICH THERE ARE ALL
KINDS OF WEIRD NOISES. A PRIEST USUALLY SAYS MASS IN THE
HOUSE SO THAT THE EVIL SPIRITS WILL GO AWAY.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-24-1968

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RIDDLE

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CROSS AN ELEPHANT WITH PEANUT BUTTER?
YOU GET AN ELEPHANT THAT STICKS TO THE ROOF OF YOUR MOUTH.

Submitter comment: HEARD IT HROM A FRIEND UP HERE AT U OF D.

Where learned: UNION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-17-1967

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The Men of Sigma Pi--A Toast

Oh lift the brimming glasses
And raise the song on high
To pledge the rousing chorus
The men of Sigma Pi

Our band will soon be parted
As time rolls swiftly by
So pledge the toast true hearted
Ye men of Sigma Pi

Ring out the hearty wassail
Then drain your goblets dry
While the echoes are resounding
In praise of Sigma Pi.

CHORUS:
For search the wide world over
Or wander far and nigh
Truer men you'll not discover
Than the men of Sigma Pi.

 

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

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

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The Adam Song

Adam was the first man,
To wear a Sig Pi pin,
Noah was the second,
We had to let him in,
Moses was the third one,
We had a lot of fun,
When Julius Caesar came around
We pledged the son of a gun.

The S stands for Sigma,
The P stands for P-I, pi.
The S stands for Sigma,
The P stands for P-I, pi.
And if you look around you,
Or gaze into the sky,
You will see that naught is written
But the name of Sigma Pi

He rambled down to U of D
He thought he'd join a frat
He thought he'd take a look around
To see where he was at;
Because he was a fellow
We knew he'd be all right
The colors that he wore next day
Were lavender and white.

He rambled down to Hades
To see the poor souls
He saw a bunch of Theta Xi's
A roasting on the coals
For the TKE's and Theta Tau's
The sizzle had begun
While SIGMA PI's in velvet chairs
Were watching all the fun.

CHORUS:
Then in came old beelzebub
Of hell he was the king;
And all the little imps came in
And they began to sing;
They saw the gang give him the grip
And then they heard the cry
That he's a charter member
And a damn good Sigma Pi.

He rambled up to heaven
To see who all was there
He found a bunch a-hanging 'round
The foot of the Golden Stairs.
Some were smoking cigarettes,
They all were feeling high,
They all were damn good friends of his,
They all were Sigma Pi's.

CHORUS:
Now don't be disconcerted
If you miss the narrow path.
Or if you flunk your morals
like you used to flunk your math.
And don't be disconcerted
If you hear the funeral bell
For we've a strong alumni
In the very depths of hell.


 

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

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

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My Sigma Pi Girl

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

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

 

Submitter comment:

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

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; UNION

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

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Parting Song (Tune: Auld Lang Syne)

Oh, brothers raise the parting song;
At last it is good-bye.
In every heart is grief to part
From men of Sigma Pi.
While time rolls on, men still must pass,
The parting hour is nigh
Oh loyal band stretch forth your hand
To men of Sigma Pi.

And brothers, when once more we meet;
Oh how shall gleam each eye,
To greet once more the friends of yore
True men of Sigma Pi.
When comes the time, as come it must,
To leave our band for aye,
In every heart shall fullest start,
The love of Sigma Pi.

 

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; UNION

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

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