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Saturday, December 3, 2022

What Victony & Tempoe's Hit 2022 Nigerian Afrobeats Song "Soweto" REALLY Means



Victony, Oct 22, 2022 -snip- Statistics as of December 3, 2022 at 11:25 AM ET: Total # of views - 11,414,221 Total # of comments - 4,706 **** Edited by Azizi Powell This pancocojams post showcases the official YouTube video of the Nigerian Afrobeats song "Soweto" that is sung by Victony and produced by Tempoe. This post also presents the Nigerian Pidgin/Igbo lyrics for this song. In addition, this pancocojams post focuses on the meaning of the song as given in comments from that YouTube video's official discussion thread and from selected comments from several Reaction YouTube videos (vlogs) of this song. The content of this post is presented for cultural, linguistic, and entertainment purposes. All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Victony and Tempoe for this song and its official YouTube video. Thanks for all those who were associated with this song and its official video. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post. **** WARNING- Some lyrics of this song are sexually explicit. ****
LYRICS - SOWETO (as sung by Victony)

[Verse 1]

Call all your brokoto

No go dey slogodo oh

Body dey draw me like ogbono oh

Body Dey rise my tonono oh

I say call all your brokoto no go dey slogodo oh

Girlie dey burst my bololo oh

Girl make I salute your commodore oh

 

[Chorus]

Girl if you balanciego

I give you paper

Oh no go do me Diego, my Maradona

Girl if I lap your soweto, na Maphorisa

Girlie your back e be tornado

And I go follow your craze go

Craze go

[Verse 2]

Tunde don dey Craze oh

Ehhh for your waist oh

And I go pay for your lace oh

I go dey for your ways oh

Tunde don dey Craze oh

Ehhh for your waist oh

And I go pay for your lace oh

I go dey for your ways oh

 

[Chorus]

Girl if you balanciego

I give you paper

Oh no go do me Diego, my Maradona

Girl if I lap your soweto, na Maphorisa

Girlie your back e be tornado

And I go follow your craze go

Craze go


online source: https://genius.com/Victony-soweto-lyrics
Release date: May 6, 2022
Track six on [Victony's album Outlaw]
Produced by Tempoe  

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SELECTED COMMENTS ABOUT THE MEANING OF THE SONG "SOWETO"

All of these comments from 2022. Except for the official YouTube video, the discussion threads for these videos are given in no particular order. The comments within each discussion thread are given in relative chronological order with the oldest comment given first, except for replies. Numbers are added for referencing purposes only.
[This is the discussion thread for the official YouTube video which is embedded in this post]

1. Chegbe Daniel
"The lyrics is full of the Port Harcourt version of Pidgin English.

Basically he's admiring the physical features and beauty of his love interest.

Mostly flattery."

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2. Claudia Ayesu
"Soweto Meaning by Victony

“Soweto” means a lady’s backside, and Victony says he is very obsessed with it as any man can be"

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3. taiwo oluwatoyin omolayo
"@Chris Carter  it's not exactly a language, it's more or less a slang. Soweto women are known to have big backsides, so I guess that was what prompted the slang"

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4. Emmanuel Ayodele
"He's simply saying the girl is making him go crazy. That if he happens to let him into her crib, he will make sure he blesses her with money as long she doesn't deceive him like Maradona ( i.e dribble him or lie to him or play on his intelligence)"

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5. Simon Mustapha
"Never Been to Soweto nor SA but this banger makes me wanna fly out of Kenya rn. 🎼❤️❤️"

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6. Saeed Yusuf
"Soweto means something else in PortHacourt Nigeria, it's a slang 🀣"

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7. BZ B
"@Saeed Yusuf  what does the slang mean?"

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8. Ochie Godfrey
"@BZ B  back side of a woman"

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9. Phildynasty
"As a Port Harcourt boy, The amount of slangs for the song just dey give me joy. "If I lap your Soweto""

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10. Chegbe Daniel
"All you PH boys no wan ge joy o"

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11. nfeeltraita
"What does 'lap your soweto' mean?"

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12. Biobele
"@nfeeltraita  lap means show πŸ˜…

Lap or show means come or enter"

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13. chidera darlington
"@nfeeltraita 

If I lap your Soweto means

If I come to your soweto"

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14. Jaggagenre
"He meant if e enter her canan land she go hear am"

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15. Archibong Eyo
"The meaning of the song: Literally, you wont find the wordings in a typical dictionary however, based on the storyline; It's a love story about an african beauty. She was so sharming that he couldn't resist her temptation as he was ready to bless her with his possesion. Her curves, shape and composure got him so mesmerized that he could feel his body responding, ready for a sensual love making."

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16. SAUM A SULEIMAN
"What language is this ?"

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17.  Iyamu George
"Nigerian pidgin English with igbo language"

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18. The Fit Felah
"Very dirty song 🀣🀣"

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19.  Iyamu George
"Okay. Sing your own. The studio is there for everyone"

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20. steve veron
"​ @Iyamu George  He means dirty in terms of sexual."

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21. MorticiaG
"@Aframaco   Why you using Soweto as a slang for the place that you were born out of?  Is that respectful to women (like your mother)  or to the residents of Soweto ?"

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22. Aframaco
" @MorticiaG  Because it so wet oo!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚!

 But I didn't use it, the singer did !!

 And how do you know I was born out a Soweto? My mum could have had me by caesarean section!!"

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23. MorticiaG
"@Aframaco    you were made from that part and you were born from it....   Personally, I wouldn't call it Soweto . Nothing sexy about that! πŸ˜…"

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24. Aframaco
"@MorticiaG  Direct your anger and attention to the composer of the song!

But the real Soweto isn't sexy!

It is mostly slums and below standard housing ( South West Townships) .

It knew pain and anguish from the Boer police and army!

It knew bloodshed and death, including that of Hector Pierterson .

It was no picnic for decades!

So what is wrong with a little fun song??"

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25. Black Coral Tv
"Soweto refers to bumbum cos SA ladies are known for their big backsides. What s wrong in praising a wonan's body?

Btw why are you abusing Nigerians here calling us drug dealers and criminals in SA? Stop with the stereotyping,  we are sick of it. If a few Nigerians comit crimes, does it mean all Nigerians are criminals?  Better watch your mouth next time ok?"

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26. MorticiaG
"@Black Coral Tv  just keeping it Realistic . And keeping you guys Humble X"

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27. 
Minenhle Siphesihle Ntuli
"why is this song called soweto? anyone knows?"

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27. Iyamu George
"Appreciating women in Soweto. With em Coca Cola body"

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28. Minenhle Siphesihle Ntuli
"@Iyamu George  Soweto as in South Africa? As a South African this makes me love the song 10x more! QUALITY SONG! A HIT OF NOTE - Classic"

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29. Iyamu George
"@Minenhle Siphesihle Ntuli  Soweto in South Africa. We know South African women got the curvy body so it’s much of it

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DISCUSSION THREAD #2
From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrnG_G4peuw Soweto Reaction, Beni Dhru, Nov 3, 2022

1. Aselemi
"Tunde don de craze o, Ehhh for your waist

Mr. Tunde is going crazy over your waist"

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2. Aselemi
"Oh...No go do me Diego, my Maradona.

 Oh, don't go Diego on me. I know you've got Maradona capabilities but you are mine.

Diego Maradonna was a great football player. He is asking his girl not to go player mode (Diego) on him. That is, not to cheat on him, just because she has what it takes.

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3. Mr Mike
"πŸ˜‚ I laughed when you read the lyrics.

the thing with pidgin English is that the meanings are usually like proverbial."

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4. Beni Dhru
"Lol I knew I was somehow butchering it and intuitively I can tell it's proverbial somehow. Thanks for the context πŸ™"

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5. Doreen Onekalit
"It was hilarious πŸ˜‚"

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6. Abubakar Balogun
"It isn't your fault if you understand most of the song lyrics. Even as a Nigerian, I don't understand some of it. Nigerian singers are notorious for making up words."

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7. Aframaco
"πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ too right! Some words are even made up at the spur of the moment!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚"

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8. 
Bloody Nigerian (Savager)
"Oh no go do me Diego, my Maradona"

Simply means do not play with my feelings just like Maradona play with the soccer ball.

It's more of a proverb."

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9. Peter Hadey
"Maradona is a football player so he's telling the girl not to be a player like Diego Maradona.  He want's a straight forward girl, not a player.   Hope you  understand what it means now our asian neighbors!!!😁😁😁"

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10. 
LEMNSAV Francis KERNYUY
"I think you people should go to Nigeria and learn the language. The song is simply appreciating a woman. I could give you the clues but I'd rather propose you go to Nigeria. A few tips however:

Call all your brokoto = Call all your brothers

No go dey slogoto = Do not go sluggishly, or Hurry up

Body dey draw me like Ogbono = I getting "glued" or "stuck" to your body...

Body dey rise my tonono = Your body is making me excited (raising my "temperature").

Ogbono is a sort of soup which is sticky and is ate with either rice or other things like yams.

Anyway, take a trip to Nigeria. πŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎ"

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11. 
MajorrBison
"And I am Nigerian but I don't understand a lot of what he is saying."

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12. 
MajorrBison
"Maradona is a ball dribbler, he is saying the girl shouldn't play him like maradona, you get it? In Nigeria, people describe certain girls like ball dribblers lol, they don't wanna be played."

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13. ThaAlfaMale
"Diego Armando Maradona’s erstwhile trickery on the ball is used as a metaphor for how tricky Victony’s paramour could be."

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14. 
Mohammed Shittu
"Ogbonor is a special delicacy loved by all Nigeria."

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DISCUSSION THREAD #3
From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7jrEPmrwDM Victony - Soweto Ft.Tempoe ( Lyrics ) Justified Melody,Oct. 31, 2022

1. Alassane Coulibaly
"What does it mean ( Dey ) in English please"

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2. Around the world
"He says “Tunde do dey craze o” which means “Tunde is going crazy” because of the lady’s waist. She is so desirable that every man wants her. Soweto is a city of Africa but in this case means lady's backside and Victony is obsessed with it. Instead Brokoto is a slang to describe luscious women."

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DISCUSSION THREAD #4
From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIUzdSqXiLw Pro Basketball player Reacts to Victony-Soweto NIGERIA GOING CRAZY RN !πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬πŸ”₯, Blaze Reacts Music, Sept 9, 2022

1. macrina peace samuel
"You are right. Ogbono is a type of Nigerian soup. And it draws like okra soup as well.

 

You are becoming a Nigerian bra 🀣. You are beginning to understand our culture and our pidgin English"

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2. Jennifer Kwentoh
"instead of "balenciaga" he said "balenciego" and the last three alphabets "ego" means money in igbo. he was playing with words"

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3. Blaze Reacts Music
"Ohh wow I would've never caught that πŸ”₯"

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3. idee monigha
"... balance me ego! In Nigerian pidgin English means give me money."

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4. Ndikpongke Umoh
"When u here the part that says "body deh rise my tonono" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ If only u knew the meaning"

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5. TheAdamSmasher Multiverse
"When you lay it out like that, we get it 🀣"

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

"Upsala Born & Upsala Bred & When I Die I'll Be Upsala Dead" Lyrics - Upsala College, East Orange, New Jersey Song From 1959 & 1965-1969)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post presents information about Upsala College (East Orange, New Jersey) and presents two versions of a song that was sung by students of that college.

Some information about that song is also included in this post along with my notes about my memories of that song.

This pancocojams post also includes quotes about the very similar University of Georgia saying "I'm Bulldog born, and Bulldog bred, and when I die, I'll be Bulldog dead".

The content of this post is presented for historical and cultural purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.

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INFORMATION ABOUT UPSALA COLLEGE
From 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upsala_College
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Upsala College (UC) was a private college affiliated with the Swedish-American Augustana Synod (later the Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church) and located in East Orange in Essex County, New Jersey in the United States. Upsala was founded in 1893 in Brooklyn, in New York City, and moved to Kenilworth, and finally to East Orange in 1924. In the 1970s, Upsala considered moving to Wantage Township in rural Sussex County (where it opened a satellite campus) as East Orange's crime problem magnified and social conditions deteriorated. However, college administration and trustees chose to remain committed to East Orange. Declining enrollment and financial difficulties forced the school to close in 1995.

[…]

The name Upsala was chosen to honor both the historic Uppsala University in Sweden and the Meeting of Uppsala.[b][2]: p.122–123  That 1593 meeting—exactly 300 years before the founding of Upsala College—firmly established Lutheran Orthodoxy in Sweden after the attempts by King John III to reintroduce Roman Catholic liturgy.[4]

[…]

Decline and closing

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Upsala suffered from severe financial problems and a declining enrollment.[8] The demographics of East Orange had changed in the aftermath of the Newark riots in the 1960s, and Upsala began to enroll larger numbers of minority students—a move thought to have upset the older Caucasian alumni and donors. East Orange's tax base and socio-economic conditions continued to deteriorate with an increase in crime statistics which made the college an unattractive setting for prospective students. By the early 1990s, the student body had decreased from approximately 1,500 to 435 when the school closed in 1995.[9] The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools announced that as a result of the decline in academic standards and the school's ongoing financial problems, it would not be renewing Upsala College's accreditation. On May 1, 1995, the college's board of trustees voted to close the school when its accreditation expired on May 31, 1995.[9]”…

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1959 LYRICS TO "UPSALA  BORN..." SONG

"I’m Upsala born and Upsala bred

And when I die, I’ll be… Upsala dead

So, Upsee, Upsala, ‘Sala,

Upsee, Upsala. ‘Sala

Upsee, Upsala, We’re for you.

Lutfisk, lutfisk,

Tack ska du har

All for Vikings"

From https://docslib.org/doc/12013938/k-m-williams-upsala-college Augustana’s Eastern Division:

Upsala College by Kim-Eric Williams 
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Here's an excerpt of that article which has the copyright date of 17 September 2006:

"This is about what I remember from a trip to a football game at Upsala by the Augustana New England Luther League abut 1959. Even then, Tiny Carlson, who in reality was well over 6’, explained that everyone could sing the first song but ve ry few stood up for the Lutfisk cheer. It seemed funny at the time but of course it was prophetic of the shrinking number of Augustana youth who made their way to the urban campus of Upsala in East Orange, NJ. And I was one of them, accepted at Augustana, Upsala, and Muhlenberg, I choose Muhlenberg. Augustana was just too far from Massachusetts and the physical conditions, incomplete resources, and lack of facilities in East Orange were major reasons for me to go to Pennsylvania. However when I was at Muhlenberg, one of my professors fondly recalled beginning his teaching career at Upsala by saying, “I always liked the Augustana kids, they really stood out from the others” It is these “others” rather than some “others” that was one of causes of the school’s closing in 1995. "...
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Google translate from Swedish to English gives these results for the non-English words that are part of the ending of this 1959 version of that song:

"Lutefish, Lutefish,

Thank you"
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Here's some information about lutefish from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutefisk:
""Lutefisk (Norwegian, pronounced [ˈlΚ‰̂ːtfΙ›sk] in Northern and parts of Central Norway, [ˈlΚ‰̂ːtΙ™ΛŒfΙͺsk] in Southern Norway; Swedish: lutfisk [ˈlΚ‰̂ːtfΙͺsk]; Finnish: lipeΓ€kala [ˈlipeæˌkΙ‘lΙ‘]; literally "lye fish") is dried whitefish (normally cod, but ling and burbot are also used). It is made from aged stockfish (air-dried whitefish), or dried and salted cod, cured in lye. It is gelatinous in texture after being rehydrated for days prior to eating.[1]

 Lutefisk is prepared as a seafood dish of several Nordic countries. It is traditionally part of the Christmas feast; Norwegian julebord and Swedish julbord, as well as the similar Finnish joulupΓΆytΓ€.[2]"...

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1965-1969 LYRICS TO "UPSALA BORN"... SONG

I’m Upsala born and Upsala bred
And when I die, I’ll be Upsala dead
So* it's Upsee, Upsala, ‘Sala,
Upsee, Upsala. ‘Sala
Upsee, Upsala, We love you.

So Upsie is great
And Upsie is grand
But don't go there
If you want to get a man
So it's Upsee, Upsala, ‘Sala,
Upsee, Upsala. ‘Sala
Upsee, Upsala, We love you.
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*"So it's" might have been "For it's..."

Notice that the words beginning with "lutfish" aren't included in this 1960s version of that "Upsala Born..." Deleting those Swedish words from that song might reflect the fact that there were fewer people of Swedish descent at that college who would understand what those words meant. (And/or maybe people thought those words detracted from the up-tempo spirit of the song.)

The 1960s version that I remember also doesn't include the words "All for the Vikings". 
I guess "Vikings" were still the name of the football team, but I don't remember the team's name.

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PANCOCOJAMS EDITOR'S NOTE
I attended Upsala College from 1965-1969 and graduated from that college with a BA in Sociology. In my freshmen year I was one of only six Black students (3 females and 3 males) who lived on campus.

In my freshmen year there were a total of about 1,000 students who attended that college (although this may have been the number of students who lived on campus). That number stuck with me because I remember thinking that the student body of Upsala was quite small compared to the number of students who attended my high school in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 1965 there were around 900 students who were in my senior class at Atlantic City High School and-if I remember correctly- that high school had a total of 3000 students. (Atlantic City High School was the only public high school in that New Jersey city.)

In addition to the Black students who lived on Upsala College's campus, some other Black students commuted to that college from Newark, New Jersey and other near by New Jersey cities. By my senior year, Upsala had increased the number of Black students living on campus and commuting to that college. I believe that this was largely because of the demands for social equity that were made after the 1967 Newark, New Jersey "riot". 

It would be an understatement to say that I wasn't involved in campus activities. I only recall "Upsala Born..." being sung one time. I believe that this was during orientation for incoming students. I've given the dates 1965-1969 because this song may have been sung this way throughout my entire matriculation at that college.

"Upsala Born" is the only Upsala "school spirit" song that I have even the vaguest memory of. I remember females and males bouncing up and down while enthusiastically singing that up-tempo song while they encouraged other people to sing along. I'm not sure whether those song leaders were actual cheerleaders or not.

This event was held outdoors in the
 "quad", an open area in the middle of the college. There were other songs sung that day, but I don't remember them. 

The second satirical verse of the "Upsala Born..." song probably wasn't an "official" part of that song. It may have only been sung by some female students who weren't a part of the group who led that song and other school spirit songs and cheers. I recall that some people in the quad laughed when they heard it.

It's possible that "Upsala Born" was sung or chanted at that college's football games, but I only recall attending two Upsala College football games and I don't believe that it was sung or chanted during those games.

The first verse of the "Upsala Born.." song (without the "So [it's] Upsie Upsala" portion appears to be an adaptation of the University of Georgia (UGA) song/saying "I'm Bulldog born and Bulldog bred and when I die I'll be Bulldog dead" [from several online sites, including . 

https://twitter.com/quotinggrizzard/status/14536353130?lang=en

Lewis Grizzard

@QuotingGrizzard

"I was Bulldog born and Bulldog bred, and when I die I'll be by God Bulldog dead." http://bit.ly/9HtxJE

12:26 AM · May 23, 2010

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"Bulldogs" is the name of University of Georgia's football team. 

I'm curious about the origin of this song and/or saying. What's the earliest documentation of  "I'm [insert college name. or state etc.] born and ___ bred and when I die I'll be ___ dead"? 

I thought about this Upsala College song today because of  the quote I read from Georgia Republican Senatorial candidate Hershel Walker who claimed that he didn't live in Texas (although he received a tax rebate for his Texas home in which he claimed that that home was his primary residence.) In response to reporter's question about this,Walker said "
Anyone in Georgia know that I’m Georgia born, Georgia bred, and when I die, I’ll be Georgia dead." Herschel Walker addresses horrible new controversy"
by Kevin Harrish, Nov. 30, 2022 https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/herschel-walker-addresses-horrible-new-controversy/ar-AA14LcOg?rc=1&ocid=winp1taskbar&cvid=dafb9a07e6374f44bd8aaf40c63fec0f

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Key & Peele -"Substitute Teacher" (A 2012 Comedy Central Sketch About Mispronouncing Names) Part II: YouTube video & selected comments