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Thread #7003   Message #2115979
Posted By: Azizi
31-Jul-07 - 05:54 PM
Thread Name: Origins: When the Saints Go Marching In
"When The Saints Go Marching In" originated as a 19th century or earlier African American religious song.

See this excerpt from

"When the Saints Go Marching In", so well-known that it is often referred to merely as "The Saints", is a United States gospel hymn that has taken on certain aspects of folk music. Though it originated as a spiritual, people today are more likely to hear it played by a jazz band.

A traditional use of the song is as a funeral march. In the traditional funeral music traditions of New Orleans, Louisiana, often called the "jazz funeral", while accompanying the coffin to the cemetery, a band would play the tune as a dirge. On the way back from the interment, it would switch to the familiar upbeat "hot" or "Dixieland" style. While the tune is still heard as a slow spiritual number on rare occasions, from the mid-20th century it has been massively more common as a "hot" number. The number remains particularly associated with the city of New Orleans, to the extent that New Orleans' professional football team was named the New Orleans Saints, after the song".

-snip- provides a list of sports teams which use "When The Saints Go Marching In' as the team's theme song or [the song or instrumental is] reserved for when they score. It may be used with the standard lyrics, specialized lyrics, or no lyrics at all".