Teekkaris love to sing in sauna evenings and everywhere else. Of course it is nice if you can actually sing, but it is more important to sing along even if you don’t exactly hit all the notes. The more you sing, the better you will become. They say singing teekkari songs is about strength not skill. Teekkaris would rather just sing than do it well! You can learn the correct tunes in the guild and teekkari section song evenings and saunas under senior academics’ guidance and you can look at the lyrics in the song book.
Singing in Tampere
The most popular teekkari songs in Tampere are included in the Rasputin song book, edited by PerinneSeura. It can be purchased at your guild, for example. Koneteekkaris (mechanical engineering students) may also sing Wirsu songs.
Many familiar songs have developed new lyrics with teekkaris and you can hear them at sauna evenings, excursions and sitsis. Rumour has it that some have ended up as lullabies. There is a song for every occasion: drinking songs, international songs, ballads, nevergreens and some nearly censorship-worthy ditties which you should probably avoid singing in the public…
The Teekkari hymn is a theme tune for all teekkaris and always sung at midnight when teekkaris are gathered. Singing style varies from one place to another. Instructions on the Tampere style are included in the student union’s insignia and flag rules:
Section 31 Tampere teekkaris sing the Teekkari hymn at midnight. When on excursions in foreign lands, the hymn is sung at midnight local time, if watches have been checked.
Section 32 The Teekkari hymn is sung standing up and with vigour, three times in a row. When visiting and when Tampere teekkaris are a clear minority, the local custom shall be observed.
Words for Teekkari hymn are:
“Yö kuin sielu
teekkarin on pimiä,
takajoukko nukkuu vain,
Tarhapöllön ääni kimiä
kuuluu pappilasta päin,
Ja taas ja siis
ja 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.”
Ikuisen teekkarin laulu (Song of the forever teekkari)
The habit of singing the Ikuisen teekkarin laulu as the last official song before the going gets too wild has landed in Tampere. The song starts with a silence and is sung with the reverence it calls for. The last verse is sung standing up and the last chorus with vigour.
TTYY has a gong that can be used in bigger annual galas by the person distributing singing turns. You can borrow the gong by contacting the board member in charge of teekkari culture.