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ONCE IT WAS ONLY SIS-BOOM-BAH!
Pat Ryan
January 06, 1969
But now vocal empathy is the kick as collegiate cheerleaders turn on everything from familiar neoclassic fight chants to libidinous exhortation, high-camp hip and unsanctified soul
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January 06, 1969

Once It Was Only Sis-boom-bah!

But now vocal empathy is the kick as collegiate cheerleaders turn on everything from familiar neoclassic fight chants to libidinous exhortation, high-camp hip and unsanctified soul

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Leader: We got a letter from Headquarters.

Crowd: What did 'e say? What did 'e say?

Leader: We got a letter from Headquarters.

Crowd: What did 'e say? What did 'e say?

All: He said, "Hit to KILL, boys!"

He said, "Hit to KILL, boys!"

That rhetoric certainly goes a step farther than the usual destructive hyperbole of traditional football cheers.

But soul cheers are sometimes only nonsense sounds. At Oklahoma, where black athletes demanded and got a black cheerleader last season, soul is:

Aw, beep, beep
Aw, beep, beep
Aw, beep, beep
Bang bang
Oomgowah
Sooner Power

Chuck Cissel, the Negro cheerleader, adapted it from a black nationalist chant. Now sororities Aw, beep, beep for their supper, athletes Aw, beep, beep in the dorm and Sooners have Aw, beep, beeped at their weddings.

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