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Thread #106157   Message #2192716
Posted By: Azizi
13-Nov-07 - 10:45 AM
Thread Name: Cheerleader Cheers
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
Do kids still jump rope?

Hello, Neil (AKA your friendly neighborhood Irish sergeant).

Yes, kids {mostly girls} still do jump rope, although I think perhaps not as often as they chant handclap routines while they do handclap routines. Here are some Mudcat threads on children's rhymes:

thread.cfm?threadid=102055
"Folklore: Play Ground Hand Jives"

thread.cfm?threadid=94034 "Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky"

and

thread.cfm?threadid=4300&messages=133 "Children's Street Songs"

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Howver, based on the number of rhymes that children/teens submit to my website on children's rhymes, http://www.cocojams.com/, cheerleader cheers are without question the most popular type of contemporary children's rhymes.

Neil, you mentioned that "I would imagine some of the cheers are related to the counting rhymes for skipping rope etc of days gone by". I agree. In addition, many cheerleader cheers borrow lines from handclap rhymes. But one of the rich sources for contemporary children's cheerleader cheers that is often overlooked is popular R&B and pop songs.

For instance, I've posted 15 examples of cheerleader cheers that were submitted to my website whose words are largely lifted from
"We Will Rock", the 1977 rock song recorded by Queen. Even those these cheers are very similar, they are also delightfully different.

Here are five examples of these cheers:

WE WILL ROCK YOU {Version #1}
we will we will rock you (small pause) we will we will rock you mud on you face a big disgrace kicking your can all over the place singing we will we will rock you down shake you up like a volcano will erupt buckle your seatbelt step on the gas were gonna kick you in your ask me once ask me twice everybody we will we will rock you (small pause) we will we will rock you {while singing stomp one foot then the other then clap throughout the whole song}
-hi; 6/29/06 ; www.cocojams.com

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WE WILL ROCK YOU {Version #2}
Solo: We will we will rock you, stalk you, pick you up, and drop you Group: We will We will rock you down, shake you up, like a volcano ready to erupt. Buckle up you seat belt Step on the gas We are here to rock your Everybody now Solo: We will we will rock you, stalk you, pick you up, and drop you Group: We will We will rock you down, shake you up, it's about to erupt. Buckle up your seat belt We'll step on the gas We are here to kick your But one more thing before
we're through We will Rock You.
-Shorty; 5/24/2006; www.cocojams.com

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WE WILL ROCK YOU {Version #3)
Rock you. We will, we will rock you down shake you up like a volcano ready to erupt we are the panthers come to fight we will battle and ignite we will, we will rock you
-Anonymous {coach, girls' midget football cheerleading squad}; 9/13/2006 ; www.cocojams.com

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WE WILL ROCK YOU {Version #4)
we will rock you (i learned in 2nd grade from my brother and 3rd grade from my friend kyle) 'we will, we will, rock you, sock you, pick you up and drop you, throw you on the grass and kick your ass' the one from my brother, i cant remember it exactly. it was the same beginning except with two 'rock you's' and then it went on to say something in the middle, and ended with 'while you're there, comb your hair, dont forget your underwear'
-Anna; 9/1/2007; www.cocojams.com

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WE WILL ROCK YOU {Version #5)
we will, we will, rock you down, shake you up, like a volcano will erupt, walking down the street, hear you say, we're the best team in canada, eh. Turn on the engine step on the gas, were gonna kick some major @$$
-marguerita ; 6/7/2007; www.cocojams.com

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I love the creative way that marguerita's example rhymed "say" with that widely used Canadian ending for sentences "eh".

Actually, I love all these examples.