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Cheerleader Cheers

10 Nov 07 - 09:55 AM (#2190467)
Subject: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Azizi

This thread celebrates the creativity of cheerleader cheers. I consider cheerleader cheers to be a legitimate genre of folk rhymes. I'm aware that there have been Mudcat threads or comments within other threads about "football" cheers, but I've not found any previous Mudcat threads dedicated to "clean" examples of cheerleader threads. If there you know of any previous Mudcat threads or posts within other threads about this genre of rhymes, please feel free to add a link or links to those threads within this thread.

I'm particularly interested in examples of cheers that are associated with elementary, middle, and high schools sports affiliated cheerleading squads and with sports affiliated community cheerleader squads. However, you're welcome to post examples of cheers that you know from colleges/universities, and from professional sports teams.

For the purpose of folkloric research as well as to add information that may be of interest to this thread's readers, if you are posting examples to this thread, it would be great if you would include demographical information such as when & where you remember hearing or saying these cheers. By "when" I mean the year or decade that you first remember reciting or hearing these cheers. By "where" I mean the geographical place {city/state in the USA}where you first recited or heard these cheers. Outside the USA, I mean your city and nation. Including this demographical information helps to show the continuity and changes over time and within the same time that may have occurred with specific examples of cheers.

I'm also interested in folks including information about "how" they learned the example or examples that they post, particularly if these examples came from mass media sources. For instance, judging from the examples that have been submitted to my website on children's rhymes, Cocojams,
there are a number of cheerleader cheers that have become known throughout the world as a result of their inclusion in one of the Bring It On movies about high school cheerleading squads and other such movies and television shows.

I'll start the ball rolling by posting some examples of cheers that are included in one of the Bring It On movies. Please join in the spirit moves you to do so.

Thanks, in advance for sharing examples and comments on this thread.

10 Nov 07 - 10:02 AM (#2190473)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Azizi

Shapuya Roll Call {Example #1}
i actually got these from a movie but i reckon they're good
shapuya-sha sha shapuya- roll call shapuya-sha sha shapuya roll call my name {ur name, {yeh} i like to party {yeh} but when i shake it{yeh} the boys say ai mami! shapuya-sha sha shapuya- roll call my name{ ur name }{yeh} grant you 3 wishes {yeh} yo see me shake it {yeh} coz im delicious! shapuya-sha sha shapuya- rol call my name {ur name } Yeh} get outta my face {yeh} coz when i shake it {yeh} it's like an earthquake!
-loyola {northern territory aus}; 10/21/2006 Cocojams


Shabooyah! {Example #2}
[We All Call] Shabooyah! Shah! Shah! Shaabooyahh! [Main Person] Mah name is Kelsey [All] Yeah [Main Person] Ah like to party! [All] Yeah [Main Person] And when A Shake it The boys say OOH BOOTY LICIOUS x
And it goes on and on and on with different people being the main characters :D i got this song off Bring It On All Or Nothing
-K3LS3Y From Scotland; 5/10/2007 Cocojams

10 Nov 07 - 10:24 AM (#2190480)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Azizi

With regard to the "Shabooya Roll Call" examples, "roll call" cheers are introduction cheers in which individual members of a squad calls out their name or nickname and perhaps say something else about themselves. I recall that ages ago when I went to school, the home room teacher would do a roll call {say each name of the students in her or his class}. Students would respond to their name by saying "Here" or "Present}. This may still be done. If not, the phrase "roll call" is certainly preserved in examples of introductory cheerleader cheers, as well as in examples of other types of children's rhymes and cheers.


This past summer, an African American woman in her 20s from Washington DC area told me that when she was in high school, she did a cheer that had a refrain that was to "Shabooya". Unfortunately, she couldn't remember the words to that cheer. However, I received an example to my website that has a refrain that might have been the source of "Shabooya Roll Call" {I assuming that the writers for the Bring It On-All Or Nothing movie didn't just make up this rhyme out of thin air}. Btw, the woman who sent in this example identified hereself as an African American woman African American coach of an African American cheerleading squad:

Shake it fast but watch yourself shake it fast show me what your working with (repeat) Shawalla walla Boom shawalla walla boom sha bang bang boom shawalla wall Holy Savior thang what what (step with feet four times as you turn your back to the opposite team )(step to the beat) shut up (as you say shut up look at the other team and put your hand up to them)
-Princess R.; 5/4/2006 Cocojams

10 Nov 07 - 10:30 AM (#2190486)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Alice

Wish I could help you, Azizi, but I never went to the high school games!
I was not accepted for the "pep club" and didn't care to be. ;-) Those girls were always mean to me.

10 Nov 07 - 10:51 AM (#2190490)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Azizi

Another apparently popular cheer from the Bring It On movie series is "Like Totally". In the "Like Totally" cheers, the main character of the movie uses Valley girl speech patterns. The words of the cheer reflect the stereotype of the vain and "intellectually incurious" Valley girl. provides some information and examples of Valley Girl talk. The introduction to that site reads

"Like, I'm so sure. If you don't even know how to talk like a valley girl you totally have to learn. Duh. It came from Southern California and is lovingly known as "Valspeak." If you need to try it on for size, pop in some chewing gum, bleach your hair, grab some bottled water and chill."

Among the instructions that site gives for speaking like a Valley girl is to "Use the words "totally" or "way" in place of the words "very," "really" or anywhere in the sentence where it can add some emphasis. For example, "The milk is way creamy and is way too grodie to drink."


Probably the most popular example of this type of speech in a song is "Valley Girl". The song and lyrics are by Frank Zappa, and was performed by Zappa's 14-year old daughter Moon Unit, recorded on the album "Ship Arriving Too Late To Save a Drowning Witch" released May 1982. Here's a portion of the lyrics:

Valley Girl
She's a Valley Girl
Valley Girl
She's a Valley Girl
Okay, fine
Fer sure, fer sure
She's a Valley Girl
And there is no cure
Okay, fine
Fer sure, fer sure
She's a Valley Girl
And there is no cure
Like my mother is like a total space cadet (Valley Girl)
She like makes me do the dishes and (Valley Girl)
CLEAN the cat box (Valley Girl)
I am sure
That's like GROSS (Valley Girl)
BARF OUT! (Valley Girl)
OH MY GOD (Valley Girl
Uh-huh (Valley Girl)
My name?
My name is Ondrya Wolfson (Valley Girl)
Uh -huh
That's right, Ondrya (Valley Girl)
Uh -huh...
I know (Valley Girl)
It's like...
I do not talk funny...
I'm sure (Valley Girl)
Whatsa matter with the way I talk? (Valley Girl)
I am a VAL, I know
But I live in like in a really good part of Encino so
it's okay (Valley Girl)
So like, I don't know
I'm like freaking out totally
Oh my God!


The complete lyrics to "Valley Girl" can be found at

Here's a comment that was included on that same Valley Girl song website.

In "Like, totally, the end of one mall's era " CNN April 15, 1999, Anne McDermott wrote the following: "There was a time when the Sherman Oaks Galleria was the most famous mall in America, at least among those of a certain age. They loved the Galleria and loved that it was mentioned in the 1982 Frank and Moon Unit Zappa hit single, "Valley Girl." And why not? The Galleria was widely considered to be the birthplace of the "Val" (as Valley Girls would refer to each other in a kind of shorthand). It all began in the fall of 1980. That's when the Galleria opened in the heart of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, better known locally as "the valley." Back then, the three-story, skylighted, enclosed structure was considered the epitome of all that was cool in mass consumption. Teens discovered the Galleria and quickly packed the place. It had everything: trendy boutiques, Pac-Man game booths and what passed for exotic fare at the food arcade (yes, even hot dogs on a stick). Plenty of the mall rats enjoying all this were boys, but, for some reason, it was the girls who were noticed. And somehow, someone, somewhere, thought to call them "Valley Girls." Like, totally, a lingo To be called a "Valley Girl" was not exactly a compliment. It conjured up images of vacuous, giggly girls with lots of time on their hands and a bizarre language on their lips. Moon Zappa captured a lot of that talk in 'Valley Girl,' the song she wrote and recorded with her father. Naturally enough, she learned her Val-Speak at the Galleria, where she got to know a lot of Vals. Moon Zappa satirized the culture with lyrics that emphasized the air-headedness of Valley Girls, but in a recent interview, she said she only wrote the song so she could spend more time with her father. In those days, Frank Zappa was touring with his band nine months of the year, and Moon, then 14, simply missed her dad."


In my next post, I'll share some examples of "Like Totally" cheers that were submitted for posting on my Cocojams website.

10 Nov 07 - 11:19 AM (#2190502)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Azizi

Like Totally {Version #1} *
First I wanted to point out that that cheer about the Toros (in the Like, totally genre) is from [the movie] Bring it on. Copied exactly. I coach midget football cheer and my girls do a version of that Like, totally cheer that goes like this:
Like totally, for sure I just got a manicure The sun, I swear It's bleaching out my hair I just lost an earring But I gotta' keep on cheering 33 to 44 I don't know that silly score Win Win Fight Fight Gee I hope I look alright? Don't answer.
-Cheer Mom; {coach, girls' midget football cheerleading squad}; 9/13/2006 Cocojams


Oh My God {Version #2 of "Like Totally"}
like oh my god i need a manicure the sun i swear has bleached my lovley golden hair 24,64 i dont even no the score
my boobs are bigger than my brain, but i dont here the guyz complain, fight,fight,fight,fight gee i hope i look alrigh fight,fight,fight,fight all the guyz are sexy right? go BGS
this cheer was always chanted on the BGS grounds,wheneva we felt like it!!!!!!
-keyz ; 12/26/2006 Cocojams


Like Totally {Version #3}
we sang this to make fun of cheerleaders: like totaly for sure, i just got a manicurre the sun, i swear is bleachin out my gorgeosoud hair 26 24 i dont even kno the score go go fite fite gee i hope i look alrite i do?? thank you i even used my new shampoo!!
-kate; 11/23/2006 Cocojams


Like Totally {Version #4}
Like totally for sure i just got a manicure! The sun i swear is bleaching down my gorgeous hair! 24, 34 i don't even know the score, go go, fight fight! Gee i hope i look alright! A brush a comb anything will do cause we're gonna beat the WHOOPSY outta you!
-Taylor ; 1/3/2007 Cocojams


* These numbers do not respond to the numbers given to these examples on the Cocojams website. As of 11/9/2007, I have posted 12 different examples of this cheer. This number does not include a few other examples that were submitted to that website but were not posted on that page because they had the exact same wording as a previously posted example.

10 Nov 07 - 11:21 AM (#2190505)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Neil D

I don't know if this what your looking for Azizi, but here are a couple my brother told me about. When he went to Akron U. he played in the marching band so he attended all the football games. A conference school they played every year was Ball State University in Indiana. They used to chant
                   Lets Ball State
                   Lets Ball State

   There is a college called Austin Peay, pronounce pee, who had a very fast wide reciever nicknamed "The Fly". A common cheer from that era was:
             The Fly is open, Lets go Peay

   Sorry these are both kind of raunchy but they are the only creative ones I can think of.

10 Nov 07 - 11:32 AM (#2190513)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Azizi

Alice, I went to most of my high school pep rallies, but rarely went to the games themselves. I definitely hear what you're saying about your experience with cheerleaders. Unfortunately, there always has been and probalby always will be an "in-crowd" and "not accepted in the in-crowd" mentality associated with children {and teens and adults}. Many people aren't kind to those who don't belong to their particular circle of friends. I'm not sure whether this will ever change.


I like collecting, reading, and seeing these cheers performed because I consider them to be creative expressions and a reflection of the values, concerns, and world view of the children, youth, and adults who recite them. One of the things that interests me about these "Like Totally" cheers is that while some people consider being a cheerleader a status symbol, other people look down on cheerleaders and "make fun of cheerleaders" through these cheers.

10 Nov 07 - 11:33 AM (#2190514)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Azizi

Neil D, I love those examples! Thanks for posting them!

10 Nov 07 - 12:06 PM (#2190532)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Azizi

Here are some examples of children's/teenager's cheerleader cheers that aren't associated with the Bring It On movies:

this is what we sing on our bus ride home from winning games : we must! we must! we must increase our bus the bigger the better the tighter the sweater the boyz depend on us... say it 5 times fast
-houston Jr high cheer; 1/9/2007 Cocojams


This is a funny one for older teams:
Strawberry Shortcake, Banana Split, we make you team look like, shift to the left, shift to the right, sit down stand up, fight, fight, fight!
-Lou ; 7/16/2006 Cocojams


there was a little birdy, who sat upon a wall. Cheering for the other teams he had no sense at all. He fell into the water and got himself all wet. And when he came back up again, this is what he said: GO GO GO, GO YOU MIGHTY __________FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT, FIGHT YOU MIGHTY_______ WIN WIN WIN! WIN YOU MIGHTY __________ GO, FIGHT, WIN, BEAT EM TO THE END!!_________ WE'RE BLUE DABADIDABADIE IF WE WERE GREEN WE WOULD CRY DABADIDABADIE IF WE WERE RED WE WOULDN'T TRY DABADIDABADIE DABADIDABADIEee
-fubi; 2/17/2007; Cocojams


I go to a school in QLD Australia and my school has sports houses, Wattle, Eucalypt, Forest and Hibiscus...all of which are plants - except forest. these are the Wattle battle cries. Sitting in the grandstand, Banging on the tin can, Who can? We can, Nobody else can, Fight (Clap 4 times twice fast and another two times fast) Fight (same) With a right and a left, and a left and a right, we all train on Vegemite (if you dont know what vegemite is: its a dark salty australian spread...its yummy.) Gives us power, gives us might, So c'mon Wattle Fight, fight, fight.
-Courtney (Australia); 11/25/2006 Cocojams

[In reading this, I realize that these are probably two different cheers. The first second one which I'll title With A Right And A Left" starts with those words. The text messaging style of run on sentence essay writing makes it difficult to know where one line of a cheer ends and another begins...At least that's my excuse for failing to recognize that Courtney had indicated that she was sending "Wattle battle cries ]

10 Nov 07 - 12:16 PM (#2190534)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Azizi

Here's five different examples of "Sliding Down A Water Fall", a children's cheer that shows the folk process at work:

slidin down a water fall landin on a catus we can do anythang without any practice were rough were tough were hard to beet so come on (skool name)moove your feet
-helen s.; 10/13/2006

sliding down a water fall, landing on a cactus, we can do anything with a lil practice, who can? we can, mighty, mighty coolaroo C-O-O-L-A-R-O-O yeah coolaroo!!!
-venessa rox! ; 7/17/2007 Cocojams


Sliding down a waterfall, Landing on a cactus we can beat anyone, we dont need no practice!
-missy {Australia}; 4/21/2007 Cocojams


Sliding down a waterfall landing on a flower we think the other team needs more power! Sliding down a waterfall landing on a cactus we think the other team needs more practice!
-Maya; 9/1/2007 Cocojams


Sliding down a waterfall landing on a cactus, we can do anything without any practice goooooooooooo (teams name)
-Bexta; 3/9/2007 Cocojams

10 Nov 07 - 12:29 PM (#2190542)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Azizi


I think that the example that I titled "Sitting In The Grandstand is actually three different cheers. The second cheer probably starts with the word "Fight".

10 Nov 07 - 12:33 PM (#2190546)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Azizi

Or maybe not.

Here's another version of the cheer "Sitting In The Grandstand" from Australia:

Hey im michaela from the land down under im 17 now but in primary school(elementary) we used to sing and chant at our sports carnivals >>> Sitting in the grandstands, bangin on our tin cans Who can? We can!! Nobody else can Fight(clapx5) Fight (clapx5) Come on (team name) FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT
-missy {Australia}; 4/21/2007 Cocojams


Now I'm not sure if that first example of "Sitting in the Grandstand" that I posted is two or three examples of cheers. But I think it's more than one cheer.

Btw, does anyone who lives in the United States or any place other than Australia know this cheer?

10 Nov 07 - 12:44 PM (#2190555)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Irish sergeant

Sorry, I can't help you. I studiously avoided Pep rallies, sporting events etc when I was in school (Some things just should not be encouraged ha-ha) I wish you luck though, it is an area of folklore you don't hear a lot about. I would imagine some of the cheers are related to the counting rhymes for skipping rope etc of days gone by. (Do kids still jum,p rope?) Neil (AKA your friendly neighborhood Irish sergeant)

13 Nov 07 - 10:45 AM (#2192716)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Azizi

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:

"Folklore: Play Ground Hand Jives"

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


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


Howver, based on the number of rhymes that children/teens submit to my website on children's rhymes,, 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 ;


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;


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 ;


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;


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;


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.

15 Apr 11 - 10:20 AM (#3135727)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Azizi

Three and one half years later I want to correct a mis-statment I made on this threads about the cheer "Like Totally For Sure". That cheer DOES NOT come from the still very popular and very influential Bring It On movie series. That series started in 2000. But the "Like Totally For Sure" chant probably was inspired by the 1982 Frank Zappa's and Moon Unit Zappa's(Frank's then 14 year old daughter) song "Valley Girl". See a post above in which I quote excerpts of that song.

There's a least one cheer from the Bring It On movies that includes the phrase "like totally". That cheer (from the first Bring It On movie in 2000 which was a surprise hit) is

Awesome, oh wow
Like totally freak me out
I mean right on
Toros sure are number one

"Like Totally For Sure" characterizes cheerleaders as dumb bimbos who are much more concerned about their looks than the athletic game for which they are cheering. "Like Totally For Sure" isn't a "real cheer" (meaning one that serious cheerleaders would chant in any competition). Cheerleaders are athletes who work hard to perfect their skills. I really respect that. However, some cheerleading squads might playfully chant "Like Totally For Sure" during some xommunnity athletic games.

For the sake of the folkloric record, I believe that it's important to research & document the sources of cheerleader cheers, and the semantic meanings of some words & phrases in those cheers. In the three years since I started this thread, I've found that African American culture has exerted a much more significant influence on contemporary English language cheerleader cheers and playground rhymes than the influence of Valley Girl culture. A number of contemporary American cheerleader cheers for children & teens include African American (vernacular) English words, phrases, sayings, as well as African American English grammar & spelling. In addition, the values expressed by those particular sub-set of contemporary cheers-such as the importance of being "for real", and the confrontatative, in your face warnings about "don't mess with me or I'll mess you up"- are from African American culture. This isn't surprising because African American creativity has always been a huge part of American creativity.

But it seems to me that there's a common approach to creating that African Americans and those who create or who look for cheerleader cheers have (I say this recognizing that some people who are on the look out for cheerleader cheers or who create cheerleader cheers may also be African American). The common approach is that both "populations" are always on the look out for material that they can use from any pre-existing sources. That pre-exisiting material is then re-worked, re-shaped,and refined for their own purposes. Or that pre-existing material (folk saying, song, commercial jingle, line from tv or movie, lines from books etc) might be used exactly "as is" with a change in context and a change in semantic meaning (and also perhaps a change in spelling and/or intonation). All of this is also a form of innovation/creativity.

This is not to say that some cultural products from African Americans and from cheerleaders aren't "brand new". But it is meant to take note of the significant amount of cultural products from African Americans and from cheerleaders that are "remixes" of something that was already in existence. (By the way, these characteristics can also be applied to other types of contemporary English language playground rhymes.)

I continue to be interested in helping to collect, preserve & study, cheerleader cheers & other contemporary English playground rhymes. I do so partly because I find some of these cheers/rhymes & their performances to be aesthetically pleasing. I also do so because I like the "detective work" of "sussing" out sources and meanings. In addition, because I believe that many of these cheers and rhymes are Black influenced (if not Black originated), I believe that it's incumbent on some Black people to document our influence on these compositions. I also believe that if we (Black people) don't do this, it's likely won't be done.

Azizi Powell

27 Nov 11 - 08:28 PM (#3264450)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: GUEST,Gedrica

Do you guys know the mindless behavior

28 Nov 11 - 07:55 AM (#3264709)
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
From: Azizi

I just noticed a major error in one of the sentences in my April 2011 comment. That entire sentence should have been worded better, but here's the correction to that sentence (written in italic to point out that correction)

"But it seems to me that there's a common approach to creating that African Americans and those who create or who look for cheerleader cheers have (I say this recognizing that some people who are on the look out for cheerleader cheers or who create cheerleader cheers may also be non-African American)."