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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Foot Stomping Cheers Alphabetical List (D- G)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II (D - G) of a five part series that provides an alphabetized list of text (word only) examples of foot stomping cheers. I'm referring to this compilation as the pancocojams (Azizi Powell) collection of foot stomping cheers.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/09/foot-stomping-cheers-alphabetical-list.html for Part I (Numbers - C) of this series.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/09/foot-stomping-cheers-alphabetical-list_6.html for Part III (H-J).

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/09/foot-stomping-cheers-alphabetical-list_53.html for Part IV - K-O

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/09/foot-stomping-cheers-alphabetical-list_22.html for Part V: P-Z

This is a work in progress. I'm not numbering these pages as additional examples will be added when I come across those examples and when examples are posted on this blog's comment thread.

Click the foot stomping cheer tag below for additional pancocojams posts about this subject.

Please add to the folkloric record by posting examples of these types of cheers that you remember in the comment section below. Please don't forget to include demographic information (when you remember hearing or performing these rhymes/chants- such as mid 1990s); what city or state in the USA or what country you remember hearing or performing these rhymes; who chanted these rhymes, for instance African American girls, ages 5-12 years).

Thank you!

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DEFINITION OF FOOT STOMPING CHEERS
[Updated 9/7/2016]

"Foot stomping cheers" is the term that I coined in 2000 for a sub-set of children's cheerleader cheers that have distinctive textual structures and distinctive performance styles.

The term "foot stomping cheers" distinguishes examples of that category from other cheerleader cheers. However, it appears from my direct collection and from my online collection that girls usually referred to these examples as "cheers". Sometimes they were called "chants" or "steps".

"Foot stomping cheers" is a relatively new category of children's recreational play that involves chanting and choreographed foot and hand clapping movements. The earliest examples that I have found of these cheers are from the 1970s (USA).

1. Foot stomping cheers are composed using a variant form of call & response that I've termed "group/consecutive soloists". Usually the group voice (often without the first soloist) is heard first. The soloist then responds to the group. This pattern continues, and usually the soloist then has a short solo portion. The group may or may not chant again before the cheer begins again from the beginning with a new soloist. This pattern continues until every member of the group has had one equal (same amount of time) turn as the soloist. My experience is that the order of soloist is determined before the cheer begins, often with girls trying to be the first to call out "first", "second", "third" etc.

2. These cheers are performed by girls who stand in semi-circles, or in lines (usually horizontal lines), or stand in a circle with the soloist in the middle.
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Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/05/an-overview-of-foot-stomping-movement.html for more information about foot stomping cheers.

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EXAMPLES: D- G
These examples are presented in alphabetical order based on the first number or the first letter of the first letter of the first word. The source (i.e. book, direct collection, or website) is given below the example along with demographic information and/or comments.

Examples given with the citations "cocojams.com" were sent into my now defunct cultural website cocojams.com.
Alafia Children’s Ensemble was a cultural group in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and in Braddock, Pennsylvania that my daughter and I formed in the late 1990s to the early 2000s.

DIDDLE DIDDLE DROP

Diddle diddle drop
Diddle diddle drop
My name is Shakyra yall
I go to school yall
and i came to rock this house yall
im a cheerleader
not a player hater
so get up and get drop by this fourth grader [any grade that yo is in]
-Diddle Diddle; 5/23/2007, cocojams.com
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I posted this example in the foot stomping cheer pages (instead of the cheerleader cheer pages) because It sounds like different soloist would say the part that comes after diddle diddle drop.

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DIG IT (Version #1)
d. i, g. it (say your name) can d. i g. it digit
-Ciera; (African American girl, Fort Pitt ALA school; Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania); 5/16/2006, cocojams.com

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DIG IT (Version #2)
Group (except soloist): Aaliyah, can you dig it?
Soloist (Aliyah): Yeah. i can D.I.G. I.T.
Dig it!
-Aliyah, age 6, (African American girl, Fort Pitt ALA school, Garfield area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania); 3/2007; I collected the same words from two African American girls in Faison Primary School, Homewood area of Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania; October 30, 2009

This pattern repeats until all girls have had a turn as the soloist ;
soloist does jumping jack or a split or some other gymnastic move when you say dig it

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DISCO
disco (stomp stomp stomp stomp clap) (group) d-i-s-c-o thats the way we disco (group) d-i-s-c-o thats the way we disco (group) hey samantha (solo) what (group) sammy (solo) huh huh (group)what you gonna do when they come for you (solo) im gonna roll my eyes (group) disco (solo) stomp my feet (group) disco (solo) talk my stuff (group) disco (solo) and do my freaky nasty (group) what what!? (group) and do my freaky nasty (repeat till everyone has a turn)
-samantag1993; 6/29/05, cocojams.com

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DISCO (Version #2)
Disco 2x [repeat two times]
Reeses pieces reeses my pieces (say sombodies name) what you ganna do when they come for you (the person who's name was said says) i'm gonna step aside disco roll my eyes disco stomp my feet disco and do the hilltoe ah ha and do the hilltoe.
-Ciera S.; (African American girl), 10 years old; collected by Azizi Powell, Pittsburgh, PA); 5/16/06

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DO IT! DO IT!
All: Do it! Do it!
Do it! Do it!
(Now) Freeze!
Now stop and let the first row kick it!

(The girls in the first row recite the next lines, the girls in the 2nd row stand in place in an agreed upon stance)

First Row: With the “Drop Top”
(All the girls in this row do their own version of this R&B dance)

Second Row: Do it! Do it!
(All the girls in the second row do their version of the same dance along with the girls in the first row. This imitative movement repeats while saying that phrase after each dance step)

First Row: And the “Roll Your Body”
Second Row: Do it! Do it!
First Row: Do “The Butterfly”
Second Row: Do it! Do it!
First Row: Bust “The stop”
Second Row: Do it! Do it!
First Row: Shake your rump.
Group: Do it! Do it!
Do it! Do it!
Freeze!
Now stop and let the second row kick it!

(The same pattern as above, with some of the same dances and some different dances-“The Pop”, “The Crybaby”, “The Rodeo”)
-African American girls, 8-10 years old, Alafia Children’s Ensemble (Braddock, Pennsylvania), 1998; collected by Azizi Powell, 1998

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DYNOMITE
...And this is another one from back then, even though, now I realize, the words are I'll say "risqué" for a young girl to say. Dynomite is just like "Giggalo" except the wording toward the end is different.

Dynomite Dynomite Dy, dy-nomite Dynomite Dy, dy-nomite Hey {girl's name} {girl responds}Yeah Are you ready? {girl responds}To what? To dy {girl responds}Dy what? Dynomite {girl responds} Well... My hands up high My bra too tight Between my legs, I dynomite I turn around And touch the ground And get back up And break it down
-Becky H.; 5/1/2006, cocojams.com
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[Editor: Becky H mentions the cheer "Giggalo" that she also sent in to Cocojams. See examples of "Gigalo" below.

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ELEVATE YOUR MIND
elevate your mind
get yourself together
when i count to 3
do the "rock" with me...
I said a 1, 2, 3 do the "rock" with me...

repeat that last line 2 times then repeat the entire cheer until everyone puts a “dance” in…
-AKA2D '91 (no location given); retrieved on 12/29.2009; http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/showthread.php?t=4123&page=2 “remember when”

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FLY GIRL (Version #1)
Group: Fly girl one.
Fly girl two
Pump it up, Teresa,
Just like you do (or, “Show me what you do”)
Soloist #1: “Oh” (or “Well”) My name is Teresa
Group: What?
Soloist #1: And I’m a fly girl.
Group: What?
Soloist #1: It takes a lot of men
To rock my world.
‘Cause I can fly like a butterfly,
Sting like a bee.
And that’s why they call me
SEXY.

Repeat the cheer from the beginning with the next soloist. Replace the former soloist’s name or nickname with the name or nickname of the new soloist. Continue until every one has had one turn as soloist.
--Collected by Azizi Powell, African American female (T.M.P.) audio recorded in 1992 (memories of the mid 1980s)

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FLY GIRL (Version #2)
Group: Fly girl one.
Fly girl two.
Pump it up. Ayesha.
Just like you do.
Soloist #1: My name is Ayesha.
Group: What?
Soloist #1: (And) I’m a fly girl.
Group: What?
Soloist #1: I’m rough and tough
And I can strut my stuff.
Cause I can sway.
Group: She can sway.
Soloist #1: And I can even do the go go reggae.
Let it flow
Group: She can even do the go go reggae.
Let it flow.

Repeat the cheer from the beginning with the next soloist who substitutes the name of a current dance step, always placing the word reggae after the dance name. Continue until every group member has had one turn as soloist.
- African American girls; age 10 years {Lillian Taylor Summer Camp, Kinsley Association), Pittsburgh, PA 1992)

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FLY GIRL (Version #3)
Group: Fly girl one.
Fly girl two.
Pump it up, Shavona
Just like you do.
Soloist #1: My name is Shavona.
Group: Yeah.
Soloist #1: And I’m a fly girl.
Group: Yeah.
Soloist #1: I know karate.
And I got the body [pronounced “boh-day”to rhyme with “karate]
All you got to do
is put a move in the groove.
You jump side to side.
Front to back.
And break it down with the
“Cabbage Patch”
- African American girls, around ages 6-12 years, Lillian Taylor Camp, Pittsburgh, PA. 1989-1992

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FLY GIRL ( Version #4)
Fly girl!

Fly girl
Fly girl
Flyyyyyyyyyyyyyy girl

Fly girl
Fly girl
Flyyyyyyyyyyyyyy girl

Well my name is VACHICK and I'm and fly girl
It takes 100 boys to rock my world ( I should not have been cheering about this!)
I fly like butterfly, sting like a Bee
And that's why they call me SE-XY!!:
-Virginia chick, http://www.lipstickalley.com/showthread.php/43158-Hood-Cheers, 8/18/2016

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FOOTBALL (Version #1)
this is a cheer i learned a long time ago!

Football, football HEY! football, football HEY! Hi my name is ______ and football is my game i got the boys on my mind and whoo their mighty fine i say whoo there mighty fine! (repeat until you get through the whole squad then say....)
football, football HEY! football, football HEY! Hi our name is the (school/pop warner team name) and football is our game we got winning on our mind and whoo its looking fine and whoo its looking fine!!
-Hannah!; 9/24/2006, cocojams.com

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FOOTBALL (Version #2)
hening is our name and football is our game so hold the sugar do the freddie cougar and step on back and do the cabage patch
-talor and leelee; 9/24/2006, cocojams.com

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GATORS
All: Gaaators *
(clap two tines and stomp four times while turning around)
Gaaators
(clap two tines and stomp four times while turning around)
Soloist #1:
Gator’s aint wid it
So Homewood betta quit it **
All: Gaaators
(clap two tines and stomp four times while turning around)
Gaaators
(clap two tines and stomp four times while turning around)
Soloist #2: Homewood betta chill out
cause I’ll put their tracks out. ***

Directions:
Repeat entire sequence two more times; start facing forward, first time you say it, you turn to your right while you are clapping two times, 2nd time on the beat, you turn to the back, 3rd time you turn to your left forth time, you turn to the front; then to the “chorus”. Continue the same pattern of the group reciting the first part while a new soloist recites a new different two line mocking or confrontational verse.
-Sha’ona and Conraya; (African American females, 11 years old; Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, collected by Azizi Powell, June 2008

*The Garfield Gators is the name of a community football team in the Garfield section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Garfield is a mostly African American working class neighborhood.

**Homewood is a nearby and rival mostly African American, working class Pittsburgh neighborhood.

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"tracks" is another term for "(hair) weaves - fake or real hair that is attached to a female's hair to lengthen it and/or give it more body

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GET DOWN
All: I saida D-O-W-N. That’s the way we get down.
D-O-W-N. That’s the way we get down.
Group: Hey, Danielle.
Danielle: What?
Group: Show us how you get down.
Danielle: No way.
Group: Show us how you get down.
Soloist: Okay. I said D-O-W-N.
And that’s the way. That’s the way. That’s the way
I get down.
Group: She saidah D-O-W-N.And that’s the way.
That’s the way. That’s the way she gets down.
Repeat the entire cheer with next soloist who says her name. This continues from the beginning until everyone has had a turn as soloist.
-T. M. P.(African American female; memories of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, East Liberty/Garfield neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania mid to late 1980s,also collected in same neighborhoods in early to mid 1990s); Collected by Azizi Powell, 1998

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GET DOWN (Version #2)
Hey (a name) say what, show me how to get down, no way, show me how to get down, ok, we stump our feet, we move to the beat we turn around, touch the ground and that's the way we do it. ok
-Khamya; (African American female, age 8; (Garfield neighborhood, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania); 3/21/2006

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GET DOWN (Version #3)
QuartQuart: hey (insert a name) Hey what?(2*) show me
how to get down.No way show me how to get down
okay. Hands up high feet down low this is how I rodeo.
(repeat but at the end say ) hands up high feet down low
this is how I drop it low. drop it low drop drop it low.
-QuartQuart; 4/23/2006; cocojams.com

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GET DOWN (Version #4)
Group (except soloist): Hey Ree Ree
Soloist (Ree Ree): What.
Group: Show us how you get down
Ree Ree: Too Shy.
Group: Show us how you get down.
Ree Ree: With ah D
The O
The W
The N
And that’s the way
you get down.
The group repeats the entire cheer with the next soloist saying her name or nickname. Continue until everyone has a one turn as the soloist.
-Riantai (Ree Ree); African American female; 8 years old; Faison Primary School (Homewood area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania); October 30, 2009

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GIGALO
Editor's note. "Gigalo" (or similar spellings) is apparently a very widely known cheer. Examples are included regardless of the spelling of that word.

I'm not including every example of that cheer that I collected and/or that was sent to cocojams.com, or that I've read online. These numbers refer to the versions that are presented on this page.

GIGALO
All: Gig ah lo-o
Gig gig a lo-o
Gig ah lo-o
Gig gig a lo-o
Group: Hey, Kayla
Kayla: What?
Group: Are you ready to gig?
Kayla: Gig what?
Group: Gigalo
Kayla : My hands up high
My feet down low
And this is the way
I gig a lo *
Group: Her hands up high
Her feet down low
And this is the way she gigalos

(Repeat from the beginning with the next soloist, and continue until everyone in the group has a turn as soloist)
-T. M. P. (African American female, memories of East Liberty neighborhood, Pittsburgh,

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GIGGALO (Version #2)
I was just browsing this site, and one of the choices that caught my eye was the "foot stomping cheers". Me still being in my last teenage year, I clearly remember doing them. As I was reading, the ones posted are some I've never heard of, but I wanted to share those that I did know. I did some of these in about 1995 or 96.

[Words to Giggalo]

Giggalo Gigg-alo gigg, gigg-alo gigg-alo gigg, gigg-alo Hey {girl's name} {girl responds}Yeah Are you ready? {girl responds}To what? To gigg {girl responds}Gigg what? Giggalo {girl responds} Well... My hands up high My feet down low And this the way I giggalo {girl will do dance} I turn around And touch the ground And get back up and break it down.
-Becky H.; 5/1/2006, cocojams.com

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GIGALO (Version #3)
This gigalo cheer is longer

Gigalo Gig-Gigalo (say what)x2
Hey___ (group)
Yeah (reply)
Are you ready (group)
For what (reply)
to jig (group)
Jig what (reply)
Alo!!! (group)
Girl-
Well my bach ache my bra too tight, my hips shake from left to right
to the left (what!)-group & girl- right (what!)-group & girl- left right left right
I turn around I touch the ground, I get back up and I breack it down
My hands up high my feet down low and this the way I gigalo (and thats the way she gigalo!)-group-
- Guest, Raven; Gigalo & other children's rhymes &cheers; http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=100807, May 12, 2008

This is a link to a Mudcat folk music discussion thread that I started in 2007.

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JIGALLO (Version #4)
This is how it goes in Midway, Georgia.) Jiggalo, Jig, Jigggg----alooooo. Jiggalo, Jig, Jigggg----alooooo. Group: Hey _____! Person: Yeah? Group: Are you ready? Person: For what? Group: To Jig! Person: Jig what? Group: Jigalooo! Jigalooo! Person: Well, my back aches My bra (belt, pants, Dickies) to tight. My booty shake from left to right. With the sky up high And my J's down low This the way I Jiggalo (does a cute, short dance) Group: Well, her back aches Her bra (belt, pants, Dickies) to tight. Her booty shake from left to right. Wit the sky up high And her J's down low And this the way she Jiggalo (copies their cute, short dance) (Repeats with new person)
-Brianna (Midway,Georgia); 9/26/2008, cocojams.com

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GIGALO (Version #5)
this is how my team does it:

every body: jig ah looww
every body: jig jig ah looww
every body: hey (name)
cheerleader: hey what
every body: are you ready
cheerleader: for what
every body: to jig
cheerleader: jig what
every body: jig-a-low
cheerleader: well my hands up high(put your hands up high) my feet down low(put your hands down low) and this is how i jigalow(do a jump) i turn around(turn around) and touch the ground(touch the ground) and get back up and brake it down(move your arms in a circular motion)

reapete till the whole team goes and then do it with the whole team
- Guest, emily; Gigalo & other children's rhymes &cheers; http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=100807, November 5, 2008

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GIGALOO (Version #6)
Gigaloo
gig gig aloo
gigaloo
gig gig aloo
hey ____nanaquette_______ hey what ( team )
hey what (Person)
are u ready (team)
for what (person)
to gig (team)
gig what ( person)
gigaloo (team)
well well my back is ackin my bra to tight my booty shakin from left to right my hands up high my feet down low and dis da way i gigaloo ( person says this and does a dance)
well well her back is ackin her br to tight her booty shakin from left to right her hands up high her feet down low and dis da way she gigaloo ( team does what she did )
-Guest, Nanaquette; Gigalo & other children's rhymes &cheers; http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=100807, December 19, 2008

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Gigolo (Version #7)
this is the way i learned it!!!

group: gig-alo, gig-gig-alo, say what?, gig-alo, gig-gig-alo, we say yo _____(persons name)
person: hey what
group: are you ready?
person: for what?
group: to gig!
person: gig what?
group: gigalo!
person: OH!!! my hands up high(puts arms up in the air), my feet down low(puts arms down towards the ground), and this is how i gigalo(does his/her own dance move)
group: his/her hands up high(puts arms up in the air), his/her feet down low(puts arms down towards the ground), and this is how he/she gigalo(repeats persons dance move)
repeat the whole thing with another person in the group. the person who just went calls the next name... and so on
- Guest, jules; Gigalo & other children's rhymes &cheers; http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=100807, February 09, 2009

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This concludes Part II of this series.

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