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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"Sigma Gamma Rho Is The Way To Go" (video & text examples)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases one video & four text examples of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. songs/chants that include the rhyming line: "Sigma Gamma Rho is the way to go". Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is a historically Black Greek lettered sorority which was founded in 1922.

This post also includes a bonus video and my transcription of another Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority song/chant whose title I'm unsure of but which I've given the tentative title "Just The Rhos, Baby". This song doesn't contain the featured line. I've added it just because I like the song's creativity.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, historical, 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.

FEATURED VIDEO
Mississippi State: Sigma Gamma Rho Probate 2011 Part 1 of 2



Listamato,Uploaded on Mar 24, 2011

Mississippi State University
Sigma Gamma Rho Inc.'s 2011 Reveal!
Theta Phi Chapter
There is a Part 2!
-snip-
The song which contains the line "Sigma Gamma Rho Is The Way To Go" refrain is found at the beginning of the video to .034. The video doesn't show the beginning of this chant/song whose title might be "It's So Hard To Be A Sigma".

Here's my transcription of the portion of that song which was filmed (given here as Example #1)

Lead: Well I asked my mama
and my mama said
Group: Sigma Gamma Rho is the way to go.
Lead: Don’t want no white, no pink, or red.
Group-Sigma Gamma Rho
is the way to go.

It’s so hard to be a Sigma.
It’s so hard to be a SGRho.
It’s so hard to be a Sigma.
Sigma Gamma Rho
is the way to go.
-snip-
Part 2 of this video is found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxrybM4pU6w."

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ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES OF SONGS/CHANTS THAT INCLUDE THE LINE "SIGMA GAMMA RHO IS THE WAY TO GO"

Example #2
it was November 12
1922
Seven ladies founded
the gold and blue

They put their hearts and minds
to test
and founded a sorority
above the rest

just in case
you didn't know
Sigma Gamma Rho
is the way to go
EE-YIP
RHOyal-Silence, http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?s=ccb66641f027f73cbecde1972ac4957e&t=6876&page=2, 03-13-2001

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Example #3
SoRhors,

Here's an old, old, old school chant! (lol)

1-9-2-2
Let Sigma show you what she can do!
S-G-Rho
The only way to go!
SeriousSigma22 , http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?s=ccb66641f027f73cbecde1972ac4957e&t=6876&page=2, 02-15-2002

Example #4
Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho
Ooh Yeah, that's the way to go.
Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho
Ooh Yeah, that's the way to go.

Sigma Call.....
Sigma Call....

Now who do you love?
The blue and the gold.
The blue, the blue, the gold, the gold;
Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho.
(repeat)
- http://www.angelfire.com/tn2/mubeta/index7.html Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc Chants [retrieved 1/16/2013]

BONUS SIGMA GAMMA RHO SORORITY, INC VIDEO AND SONG/CHANT TRANSCRIPTION

2011 Sigma Gamma Rho Probate Spring Part 1 of 4



brownleetube,Uploaded on Apr 5, 2011

SGRho Probate Lambda Rho Chapter University of Florida on 4/3/2011
-snip-
The song begins at 1:24 and contines until the end of the video.

Here's my transcription of the song which I've tentatively given the title "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]

* I’m not sure if “led” is the word that the group is singing.

Additions & corrections to this transcription are welcome. Also, for the historical record, I'd like to add additional information about this song/chant such as what is its title, who (or which chapter) composed it, and when.

RELATED LINK
http://cocojams.com/content/fraternity-and-sorority-chants Cocojams Fraternity And Sorority Chants

ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND THANKS
Thanks to the composer/s of these chant, to those persons featured in these videos, and to the uploaders of those videos.

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