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Thread #123325   Message #2716870
Posted By: Azizi
05-Sep-09 - 02:25 PM
Thread Name: Muhammed Ali in Ireland
Subject: RE: Muhammed Ali in Ireland
Here's an excerpt from a post that documents Muhammad Ali's "float like a butterfly/sting like a bee" being used in a girls' footstomping cheer.


Subject: RE: Songs for children/The People Could Fly
From: Azizi - PM
Date: 08 Sep 04 - 12:49 PM

...There is also an African American foot stomping cheer performed by girls in the 1980s called Fly Girl. However a "fly girl" is a hip, street wise, self-confident young female who dressed well, among other things. While the cheer doesn't really relate to your request, here is one version from Pittsburgh, PA:

Group:
Fly Girl 1
Fly Girl 2
Pump it up, Keisha *
Just like you do.
Soloist #1
My name is Keisha
Group: What?
Soloist #1
And I'm a fly girl.
Group: What?
Soloist #1:
It takes a lot of men
to rock my world.
Cause I can fly like a butterfly
Sting like a bee.
That's why they call me
SEXY.

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Continue from the beginning with the next soloist and repeat until every member of the group has had one turn as soloist.

* Substitute the soloist's name or nickname. The "What" is said sarcastically. The entire cheer is performed while the girls {usually 7-12 years} are performing a foot stomping routine that also includes handclapping {their own hands} and, sometimes, body pattin {pattin Juba}. On the word "Sexy" the soloist usually does a hip shaking movement.   

"Fly like a butterfly etc". is Heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali's "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" saying, used to describe how he would fight George Forman in the 1970 Rumble in the Jungle fight in Kinshasa, Zaire. Muhammad Ali won and George Forman went on to promoting grills and other things.

Enjoy!

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