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Convocation: Knights of Carleton - Songs of Carleton's First 50 Years

Created 10 November 1989; Published 8 November 2005

The Knights of Carleton showcase songs from Carleton's first 50 years. These songs were used by the men's glee clubs to advertise Carleton and popularize the college's fight songs.

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Knights of Carleton Convocation - "Songs of Carleton's First 50 Years"

November 10, 1989

Introduction by a non-student Mark Green, this college archivist brought the song book to the attention of Joe Weisman and the Knights. The virility, eloquence and talent of the knights were like advertising for the college. During the Depression the men in singing groups popularized the school's fight songs and grew to be cultural ambassadors.

In 1947, the Overtones was a touring men’s glee club; the traveling companions of their sister a cappella group the Keynotes. In 1979 another female singing group, the Knightingales, were formed and proved to be competition for the Knights. Since then, the group has been flourishing while satying true to their deep roots at Carleton.

1.) Knights Jingle
Jackets explanation
2.) Original Knights jingle
Last convo of the 1980’s and explaining the foreword of the songbook. College songs bring on memories and inspire pride.
3.) “Hail Hail to Carleton” written to the tune of the Russian national anthem
More serious songs
4.) St. Olaf spoof
Bells were rung after Carleton beat St. Olaf
5.) Carleton Bells
Describes was Carleton life was like
6.) Carleton days
Based on an English song and researched Mundaemen the Scandinavian god of corn in small groups of 7 and wreak havoc to the farmers. Refers to a diagram to explain the changes.
7.) Maize and Blue written in 1917
8.) Don’t Care
Field songs that were sung for football games. Performed by Glen
9.) Oh Carleton
Demonstration of Carleton yells. 15 ra’s for Carleton. Cullom performs
10.) Ra for Carleton
Goats were very prized in early Minnesotan society.
11.) Another St. Olaf spoof Oom ya-ya
The difference between the Carleton alma maters
12.) Carleton, our alma mater
This is the original alma mater not a rip-off that's been pawned off as the original
13.) Carleton, oh Carleton
George Huntington’s song and the original spelling of Carleton
14.) Drummer boy
15.)The Unknown Song
References to ivy covered walls of Scoville that reminds the singers of older times. Talks about stealing the wooden goat and a conservative school and how religious
16) It (We Love Thee, Carleton)
Theme song of other men’s a cappella group President Skeets Louis Jr.
17.) Fair Carleton
18.) Do it yourself song not in the songbook Don't Worry, Be Happy
Class with Loren Soth; living next to the plant; tunnels

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