This academic year is only a few days closer to its end, so I would like to propose a symbolic toast:
… or not. Mystery revealed!
was sung by American students. The answer to the question:
Can you guess when it was sung and by which graduates? is revealed by
the Pembroke Record,
a student magazine published by the Women’s College in Brown University,
the September issue of 1923,
that is 87 years ago…
I’m not ecstatic, nor yet enthusiastic
About being acrobatic or doing a gymnastic.
I’d like to be elastic, lithe and supple-plastic
And do those queer gyrastics but I get darn rheumatic.
When I was only eight one didn’t criticise
A person ruminating on sausages and pies
But now alternation is food for contemplation;
So with much agitation I’m reducing in this wise.
I’ve got the ap-ap-ap-ap-ap-apparatus blues, so black and blue.
Oh it’s that hap-hap-hap-hap-hap-hap-haphazard way we jump the boom
I hang my feet on flying rings, shimmy up the great long ropes,
And gee, how they swing.
It’s the things I do that gives me the gol darn blues – I’m black and blue
First I breathe 1, 2
Then I bend, 3
Then I twirl on my toe
And that’s where I score.
Turn a summersault.
Then jump on a horse,
If I don’t break my neck
Then it isn’t my fault.
I shimmy up the ropes,
I travel on the rings; I do all sorts of stunts on those BOOMY things,
I hang by my feet till my brains run loose
And now I’ve got the ap-ap-apparatus blues
Well, this is an example of what you could do when you successfully finish one year at University. There is still a little bit of time left until you will graduate, but I would like you to think about the ways you would like to celebrate graduation and the way you are thinking of celebrating this year that is about to pass.