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Lyr Add: Take Your Man around the Corner

John M. 27 Apr 05 - 01:11 PM
John M. 19 Jun 05 - 12:26 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: 'Take Your Man Around The Corner'
From: John M.
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 01:11 PM

Hello everyone,

Below is a traditional mildly ribald sorority song titled:  'Take Your Man Around The Corner'  (recording)


                Do you sing this song?  If so when/where did you learn it?


Any help is appreciated.

Sincerely,

John Mehlberg
john@mehlberg.com
~
My, mostly traditional, bawdy songs, toasts and recitations website: www.immortalia.com
~

TAKE YOUR MAN AROUND THE CORNER  (recording)
(Tune - I've Been Working On The Railroad)

Take your man around the corner
Where the lights are low
Put you left hand on his shoulder
And your right hand way down low
When he starts to shake and quiver and raise his voice in glee
Tell him that's the secret handshake of the good old Delta G.


Notes:

This was recorded 14 April 2005 as sung by an anonymous member of the Delta Gamma sorority.  A text of this song is in Ed Cray's Erotic Muse pg. 354 to the tune of 'Wake the Town and Tell the People'.  

A variant of this song with an unknown tune is found on the Richard A Reuss college songs field recording in the Archive of Tradition music under the title 'Just Put Her in the Corner' and is discussed on pgs. 44-45 of Reuss' master's thesis 'An Analytical Survey of College Songs from Oral Tradition'.

 


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Man around the Corner
From: John M.
Date: 19 Jun 05 - 12:26 AM

Here is another version of this song from the Theta Chi fraternity in 1972:

SECRET HAND SHAKE OF THETA CHI
(Tune - I've Been Working on the Railroad)

Take your girl into the corner
Where the lights are low
Place one hand around her bosom
And the other down below
When she starts to shake and quiver
That's the reason why
Tell her that's the secret hand shake of dear ol'e Thta Chi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Man around the Corner
From: John M.
Date: 19 Jun 05 - 12:50 AM

Here is a current version from the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. See here: http://www.elliottsamazing.com/pilam.html
SECRET HAND SHAKE
(Tune of I've been working on the railroad)

Take your date into the corner, where the lights are low.
Place one hand on her bossom and the other down below.
When she starts to shake and quiver, and she asks you why.
Tell here that's the secret hand shake of Pi Lambda Phi.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Man around the Corner
From: John M.
Date: 19 Jun 05 - 01:02 AM

Here is a 2004 version from a Pi Beta Phi sorority which combines it with another ditty (retrieved from here):
Way above a Pi Phi's garter, way above her knee...
lies the secret of her honor...
her virginity.
Roll her over oh so gently,
roll her in the grass. T
his is what men live and die for,
a piece of Pi Phi a*s.
Take him to a deep dark corner
where the lights are low.
Place a hand upon his shoulder,
the other down below.
When he starts to shake and shiver
and he asks you "Why?".
Tell him it's the secret handshake of Pi Beta Phi.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Man around the Corner
From: John M.
Date: 19 Jun 05 - 01:10 AM

Here is a version from the Sigma Chi fraternity. See here: http://www.detroitsig.com/songs.htm
Sigma Chi Waltz

You waltz her in the corner, lad
You hold her close like this,
You put your arms around her waist
and on her lips a kiss,
And if she starts to murmur,
or if she starts to sigh,
You tell her it's the grand ol' seal
Of dear, old Sigma Chi !

I waltzed her in the corner, sir
I held her close like this,
I put my arms around her waist
and on her lips a kiss,
She did not start to murmur,
She did not start to sigh,
And now we have a legacy
To dear, old Sigma Chi !


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Man around the Corner
From: Q
Date: 17 Aug 05 - 08:52 PM

"Around the corner, and under a tree,
A Yankee sailor made love to me."
An extended version of the song with the form and tune of the one with the Sergeant-major used to be sung in the U. S. Military. I haven't been able to remember or find it.

Posting here on the off-chance--


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Man around the Corner
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Mar 09 - 11:51 AM

our version is:

Take your man into the corner
Turn the lights down low
Put one hand up on his shoulder
And the other down below
When he starts to shake and quiver
And his face fills with glee
Tell him that's the secret handshake
Of a Goddamn ALPHA PHI


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Man around the Corner
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jul 09 - 10:36 PM

Our version is like this:

Take your man around the corner
Where the lights are low
Put your left hand on his shoulder
And your right hand way down low
When he starts to smile gleefully
tell him how it is
That's the secret handshake
of a Delta Phi Nu sis!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Man around the Corner
From: GUEST,Beast
Date: 21 Nov 09 - 06:32 PM

Take your girl around the corner,
Turn the lights down low.
Put one hand upon her breast,
And the other down below.
When she starts to quiver,
And gets the twinkle in her eye,
Tell her THAT's the secret handshake of Pi Kappa Phi.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Man around the Corner
From: GUEST,Alisa
Date: 12 May 10 - 11:50 PM

1981 AOII
Take your man into the corner
Where the lights are low
Put your hand up n his shoulder
And the other down below WAY BELOW!
When he starts to shake and shiver
And he asks you why
Tell him that's the secret handshake
Of a ALpha Omicron Pi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Man around the Corner
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Oct 10 - 03:06 AM

Get'cher Girlfriend
by The Men of TKE

Get'cher girlfriend
In the corner
Where the lights are way down low
Put your one hand on her shoulder
And the other down below
When she starts to shake and shiver
Wonders what is going on
Tell her it's the secret handshake of Tau Kappa Epsilon!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Man around the Corner
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Feb 11 - 01:20 PM

"Take your boyfriend"

Take your boyfriend 'round the corner
When the lights are dim and low.
Put your one hand on his shoulder
And the other down below.

When he starts to shake and quiver
And his eyes are filled with glee,
You can tell him that's a handshake
From Phi Mu Fraternity!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Man around the Corner
From: GUEST,KEEP LOOKING
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 11:10 AM

I am also looking for the words to the Song, Around the Corner and under the tree, sargent Major made love to me?
I don't know the name of the song?


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Subject: Lyr Add: AROUND THE CORNER (Ben Selvin)
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 11:43 AM

I wonder if this song by Art Kassel & Gus Kahn is the one these are based on: Around the Corner".

It starts:

  Around the corner and under the tree,
  The gallant major said "Stroll with me;"
  Hm I said "Nay, nay!" (Nay, nay)
  I said "No, no!" (No, no)
  But ever since I've been there once.



Perhaps John can compare the tune with those he has. Worlcat shows the date as 1930.


Re: the sergeant major version, google books shows an entry: The Wonder of God's Providence in the life of Harry D'Monte by Lynda Samuel, 2008:

  Around the corner and under the tree,
  The sergeant major made love to me.
  He kissed me once, he kissed me twice.
  It wasn't just the thing to do,
  But, gosh, it was so nice.


There's also this at Around the corner. I can't tell if it's the complete lyrics to the Kassim/Kahn song I mentioned, though it has the words from both versions quoted above.


Ben Selvin - Around the corner

(Around the corner)

He was a major of Grenadiers
Grenadiers are handsome and tall

(He was a dashing brute
He was a dashing brute)

She was the fairest in all Algiers

In Algiers, the fairest of all

(She was so sweet and cute

She was so sweet and cute)

He had to leave her behind and so
The so and so had broken her heart

(He didn't care a hoot
He didn't care a hoot)

She has a terrible tale of woe
Tale of woe that she will impart

Around the corner and under the tree
The gallant major said 'stroll with me'
I said 'nay, nay',
I said 'no, no'
But ever since I've been there once
I always want to go

Around the corner, and under the tree
The handsome major made love to me
He kissed me once, he kissed me twice
It wasn't just the thing to do
But gosh, it was so nice

(Around the corner and under the tree
The breeze was sighing, and so was he)

He held my hand, he talked so grand
Then went away and stayed away
While ev'ry night I stand
(Around the corner and under the tree)
The cruel major's forgotten me
He wrote a note, here's how it went
(I would have married you
But couldn't get my wife's consent.)


Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Man around the Corner
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Feb 13 - 11:26 PM

Is this site still monitored, John?


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