The Anthropology Song: A little bit Anthropologist
At last we anthropologists have our own catchy song!
This song is dedicated to all anthro-enthusiasts (lay and pro) and students everywhere! The line about Anthro professors all being kinda crazy I will specifically dedicate to my own anthro 100 prof, who has continued to inspire me towards craziness ever since that first class back in 2004. * If you leave a comment, especially if you've watched this in a class, I'd love to know where/what school you're from. Interview with Lorenz Khazaleh: http://www.antropologi.info/blog/anthropology/2009/the-anthropology-song-interview-with-dai-cooper
** The chords are super simple: Am, C, G, D. Feel free to learn it, play it, reappropriate it, share it, and add your own verses! Also, any video responses are welcome. Also, I'll be playing this song at the AAA meeting in December. Kinda incredible, eh? :) I graduated with a BA in Anthro and Religious Studies in May '09 from the University of British Columbia - now doing a Masters in Anthro at U of Toronto, Canada. ***
Lyrics: Hey Mom & Dad, I've got to come out and say, I've got to tell you, it's the only way Something I've learned about myself since I was away (at college) I really think that I might be a little bit -- of an Anthropologist Mom & Dad, I've been led astray, I've been experimenting with archaeolog(a)y On an excavation, tried C-14 dating And ground penetrating radar for the first time -- (if you know what I mean) I see the visions in your head of me digging up dino bones Or do I study insects in a laboratory all alone? But I'm just looking for the story of our people as a whole Wanting to learn about and understand all cultures as our own ... [Chorus] The World seems to increasingly need, Anthropology Now we're exploring, asking Who Why and How we be People The difference between us, is not so much Tell me your story, your piece of what is Humanity. Mom & Dad, I think you should know, I do fieldwork, everywhere I go I want to travel, see Peru and Vietnam My heroes are Margaret Mead and Barack Obama's mom -- (did you know she was an Anthropologist?) If you think of natives on an island painted up singing war songs It's misleading though historically you're not totally wrong But you can do Anthropology reading graffitied bathroom stalls Or in a war zone ... or a December shopping mall. Then there's Linguistics -- I think that's how we use our tongues; Physical Anthro says what body parts we all have in common, You can even study monkeys, I hear that part's really fun All these fields tell us part of what it means to be human ... [Chorus] Hey Mom & Dad, it wasn't how you raised me. Anthro professors, they're all kinda crazy Got their agendas, trying to recruit our P-O-Vs Deep down inside they're all in love with -- Malinowski At the same time, I think it's what my heart has always known Do you remember Hallowe'en when I was Indiana Jones? The other kids they stopped coming around, I had to play alone I guess they didn't like my kinship charts, of all their homes. Some cross-cultural connexions might just help us all relate Misunderstanding's at the root of so much global hate How many wars, metaphors or literally, Could be avoided if the world was "us", instead of "you" and "me"? [Chorus] x2 ****
**February 24th** An alternative to the verse "the difference between us is not so much" is simply "the difference between us is a social construct"! I sing that now when I play :) **November 21st**