Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Fraternity & Sorority Song "All Of My Love" - Source, Comments, & Examples

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post provides text and video examples of the historically Black fraternity & sorority song "All Of My Love (My Peace & Happiness)". This post also documents the source of that fraternity and sorority song.

The content of this post is presented for folkloric and aesthetic purposes.

I consider fraternity & sorority chants to be cultural artifacts which deserve to be collected, preserved, and studied. I also believe that fraternity & sorority songs and chants should only be recited and/or performed by those persons who are affiliated with the specific organization that is associated with that particular chant. The chant/song "All Of My Love" is claimed by more than one Black Greek lettered organization.

The song "All Of My Love" is sung by multiple university based Black Greek lettered organization (BGLO). To date, I've found examples of, and received comments on my Cocojams website* from members of the following BLGOs claiming that song: (given in alphabetical order), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Here are two such comments
"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

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

* Click for more comments about "All My Love". That page also includes text examples and videos of that song.

The actual source of the fraternity/sorority song "All My Love, My Peace & Happiness" is the 1970 soul/rock song "Love, Peace & Happiness" by The Chambers Brothers.

Here's a video of that song:

Chambers Brothers - Love, Peace & Happiness

Uploaded by guillaimz on Jan 14, 2009

Highly underrated rock/soul classic

The Chambers Brothers soul music group is composed of four African American biological brothers, and one White male.

The Chambers Brothers is a soul-music group, best known for its 1968 hit record, the 11-minute long song "Time Has Come Today". The group was part of the wave of new music that integrated American blues and gospel traditions with modern psychedelic and rock elements...

The song "Love, Peace, Happiness reached #96 on the 1970s Pop Singles chart.

Here's the chorus of The Chambers Brothers "Love, Peace, Happiness":

All our love, peace, and happiness
We're gonna give to you now
All our love, peace, and happiness
And you can share yours too

All our love, peace, and happiness
We're gonna give to you yeah
All our love, peace, and happiness
You can share yours too

Click for the lyrics to that entire song.

Adapting the tune & words of already existing songs is a time honored part of the folk process. I don't mean to chide fraternities & sororities for using a song for their own purposes. I just believe when and where it's possible, it's important to give credit where credit is due, and to document the sources of songs, chants, and rhymes. That is one of the purposes of my Cocojams website, and my Pancocojams blog.

The following four videos are posted in alphabetical & chronological order, using the organization's name and the video's uploading date.

As a reminder, the words to these song can be found on the Fraternity And Sorority Chants page of my Cocojams website. The link to that page is given above.

Video #1: Delta Sigma Theta singing "All of my Love"

Uploaded by leanback04 on Mar 30, 2008

The ladies 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.


The words to this song are sung in a round along with the sorority's signature call.

Video #2: ALL OF MY LOVE Delta Sigma Theta

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

Video #3: All My Love

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

* "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.

Video #4: 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]

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